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February 22, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Visitors Center Auditorium
200 SE Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
World War I Soldier writing in his tent
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Lunch and Learn: "World War I Soldier Poetry"

Thursday, February 22, 2018

While poetry is not a common form of expression today, it was quite popular a century ago. Family and historical documents show that soldiers from every country involved in World War I (1917 - 1919) wrote poetry. Tim Rives, Eisenhower Presidential Library Deputy Director and Supervisory Archvist, will share how important and useful this soldier poetry can be in studying the experiences of American service members in the First World War. The examples used in Rives' presentation all have a strong Kansas connection. A light lunch will be served. To learn more about World War I, visit the exhibit "Eisenhower and the Great War" on display in the Library 2nd floor gallery through March. Tim Rives earned degrees from Wichita State University and Emporia State University. He is an Army veteran, serving as a Voice Intercept Operator and Photojournalist. Rives joined the archival team at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in 2008 after 10 years with the National Archives in Kansas Ci