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World War I Memorials of Connecticut

World War I Memorials of Connecticut


World War I Memorials of Connecticut

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Join historian Richard Franklin Donohue for a lively lecture and discussion about World War I memorials in Connecticut, with a special emphasis on Fairfield County memorials.

As the First World War ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their sons and daughters.  Changes in cultural and civic ideals since the American Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should and should not be.  Government leaders, artists, historians, and the monument industry itself promoted ideas from simple tablets to monoliths rivaling those of Egypt and Rome. Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify this entire range of monumental styles.

Having visited and cataloged more than 220 monuments throughout the 169 towns in Connecticut, Richard Franklin Donohue will display images of the monuments and explore trends in their design and placement, with special emphasis placed on Norwalk and the surrounding areas.

At the event, we will be accepting donation items for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Please consider donating some of the following:

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Bic-style razors, shaving cream and body wash
Men’s t-shirts, underwear and socks. All sizes needed!

Members of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary Poppy Program will also be accepting donations.


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$5.00 – general admissionFREE for Veterans and Active Military

(Please have proper identification card to be checked at door)

About Richard Franklin Donohue

Richard Franklin Donohue is the Town Historian of his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut.  His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, traveling lectures, and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th-century slavery to Civil War-era Classical music performances to early 20th-century Mechanical Banks.  As President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five, he strives to enhance his towns interest and participation in local and national history.  In addition to his work with history, Richard is a tenor soloist specializing in Middle English Carols, Bach arias, and German Lieder and is the director of the 1876 Singing Society at Mystic Seaport.


Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Handicapped & limited mobility parking on site only.
All others, follow signs for parking across the street.