Fall 2015 Conference Program and Registration


and the Great War



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The Association for the Study of Connecticut History, publisher of the journal Connecticut History Review, the History Department of Central Connecticut State University, and  the Connecticut State Library project “Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories” are sponsoring a one-day conference on Connecticut and the Great War, on Saturday, November 7th, 2015.  The meeting to be held at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT will feature both concurrent and plenary sessions with speakers from diverse backgrounds discussing a wide variety of topics that focus on the any and all aspects of World War I in Connecticut.



ASCH Fall 2015 “Connecticut and the Great War” sessions and panels

 November 7, 2015

Co-sponsored by the History Department of Central Connecticut State University

Registration 8 to 8:45

Dr. Edward Gutierrez       Northeastern University                “Doughboys on the Great War”

Session 1 10:15 to 11:45

Panel 1 – The Work of War

Cecelia Bucki      Fairfield University

“The Munitions Industry and Connecticut Society during the Great War: The View from Bridgeport”

Carolyn Ivanoff Shelton Intermediate School

“The Great War: Women Workers of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the Fight for the Eight-Hour Day”

Catherine Deichmann    Mystic Seaport

“The Great War and the American Whaling Industry”

Panel 2 – The War and the Sea

Melanie Bourbeau and Tracey J. Angels  Hillstead Museum

“Theodate Pope’s World View of the Great War”

Deborah Donovan           New London County Historical Society

“The Coming of the Deutschland”

Austin Sullivan                   Central Connecticut State University

“Across the Atlantic: Maritime Connecticut during the Great War”

Panel 3 – Feeding the Mind and Body

Mark Jones                         Connecticut State Library, retired

“Frederic Collin Walcott and His Road to Warsaw, 1914-1916”

Allison Horrocks                University of Connecticut

“At Home at the Connecticut Agricultural College: The Great War and the Land Grant Campus”

Mary Mahoney                 University of Connecticut

“Library Service is War Service: World War I and the Creation of Bibliotherapy in Connecticut


Lunch – 11:45 to 12:30

Session 2 – 12:30 to 2:00

Panel 4 – Women and the War: Medicine and Social Change

Kelly L. Marino State University of New York, Binghamton

“Bandages, Ballots, and Books: Connecticut Suffragists during the ‘Great War,’ 1917 – 1919”

Heather Munro Prescott Central Connecticut State University and Toby A. Appel               Yale University

“Pushing the Cause of Women Physicians Ahead: Connecticut’s Women Physicians during the First World War”

*Allison Norrie  Southern Connecticut State University

“Social Hygiene is Demanded by War: Connecticut Suffrage and Social Hygiene Take on Venereal Disease”


Panel 5 – Bringing the War Home: Making the Local Connection

Stephen Bartkus              Gunn Memorial Museum and Karen Frederick Greenwich Historical Society

“Commemorating the Centennial of the Great War in Connecticut”

Christine Vida                    Windsor Historical Society

“Windsor’s Honor Roll Board: A Public Sentiment and a State-wide Trend”

Christine Gauvreau         Connecticut State Library

The War at Home: World War I Era Stories from Connecticut Newspapers”


Panel 6 – International Experiences, Local Places

Carl Antonucci   Central Connecticut State University and Kenneth DiMaggio Capital Community College

“To Fight for Italy, To Fight for America: For World War One Italians in Connecticut, it was a Fight for Liberty”


Amy Fallas-Kerr                Yale University

“From the Cedars to the Frontlines: Danbury’s Greater Syrian Immigrants and the Great War”

Kendall Wiggin  Connecticut State Library

“The French Army Band Visits Hartford”


Break 2 to 2:15

Session 3 – 2:15 to 3:15 (Three different presentations or workshops)

Rick Spencer                      “To End All Wars: Songs from the First World War”

Steve Armstrong Connecticut State Social Studies Coordinator and Christine Pittsley Connecticut State Library

“Teaching World War I in the High School”

Rebecca Taber-Conover                               Connecticut’s Old State House

“In the Trenches with World War I – A workshop for History Day projects”


Final Plenum Session 3:15 to 4:00

Michael Shipman, showing of World War I film, Never Forgotten

Closing Reception 4 to 4:30

Many thanks to Connecticut Humanities for their support!