A Hundred Years Ago On the Homefront: How Families Faced The War to End All Wars

orlin-flora-and-edgarSuspend your disbelief for a bit and imagine opening a time capsule that was buried 100 years ago when American first entered The Great War. Instead of just papers and photographs and trinkets coming out of that time capsule, a person comes out. She is a Blue Star mother which means her son has gone off to war.  She will explain to you what those at home doing when our “boys” were over there.

A reluctant but energetic America entered the fighting in 1917. We sent our sons. We rationed our bread. We stopped wearing corsets to save the steel for warships…and we wrote and sang the songs that rallied the troops.over-there

The music, food, patriotic pastimes and tragic losses were things that every American family knew. This war ushered in what came to be known as The American Century. What did it feel, sound and taste like to be there?

Ellie has one foot firmly planted in the early twentieth century. She will transport the audience there with the sights, sounds and tastes of the era. If you know nothing of World War I, come to learn. If you had relatives and friends who were there, come to be reminded. Learn the history, sing the songs, taste the food. Travel back in time to the Homefront. Have real-life time capsule opening experience.

wwi-foodRunning Time: Approximately 1 hour

Requirements: Projection screen and a projector and computer capable of showing a PowerPoint with audio, table for food tasting.