In an effort to mark the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, the Evanston History Center is publishing a series of profiles documenting various aspects related to the war and exploring Evanston’s role in it.

After the U.S. declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917, and entered World War I, many Evanston residents rallied to the colors. Many also heeded calls for service in nursing, Red Cross work, and numerous other war-related activities. From the famous, –future Vice President of the U.S. Charles Gates Dawes– to the civic minded,– William “Billy” Levere– to the young and unknown, the residents of Evanston took part in the Great War.

Ultimately, the United States raised a military force of four million men and many tens of thousands of civilian workers served alongside the military. Whatever role they took, Evanston’s residents would find themselves far from home, deployed across the country and overseas in camps, hospitals, canteens, and bases, and on the front lines.

Read more about the war and some Evanston connections in the following essays:

The Evanston War Memorial
“Repatriation”
Restoration: Profiles of Evanston’s ‘War Dead’*

Throughout the Centennial, EHC will be posting more materials and updates and adding to the profiles of those who died in the war.  

*The term “War Dead” is an historical one, used frequently and with respect throughout the war years and afterward. It is used here with the same respect and desire to make an historical connection with the time.