(Hartford, CT ) Author Laura Macaluso discussed her latest book, New Haven in World War I. During World War I, New Haven, Connecticut was a hive of wartime activity. The city hummed with munition production from the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, while food conservation campaigns, canning kitchens, and book drives contributed to the war effort. Meanwhile, Walter Camp, father of American football, whipped recruits and city residents into shape with his fitness programs. The Knights of Columbus were also busy preparing their “Everyone Welcome! Everything Free!” huts. And one hero, a brown-and-white dog, Sergeant Stubby, made his first appearance at Camp Yale, home of the 102nd Regiment of the Yankee Division.
Using library and museum collections, author Laura Macaluso demonstrates how the Elm City contributed its time and money, men and women, and one special dog to the first global war of the twentieth century. This talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunchtime Speaker series. This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut History. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.
Laura A. Macaluso, PhD, holds degrees in art history and the humanities from Southern Connecticut State University, Syracuse University in Italy, and Salve Regina University. She has worked as a grants writer and curator in historic sites, museums, and art and park organizations. She held a Fulbright at the Swaziland National Museum in 2008–9 and returned in 2010 under an Ambassador’s Fund for a Cultural Preservation award from the State Department. She lives with her husband, Jeffrey Nichols, the President/CEO of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Lynchburg, Virginia.