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     2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into the global conflict that would become known as World War I.  

     Wartime not only had an effect on life in Council Bluffs, the city had quite a significant impact on the war, all of which will be explored in an informative program Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Council Bluffs Public Library.

     The presentation will look at the clothing fashions at the time, Council Bluffs houses of the era, the role of the library, and the Union Pacific Railroad during the war.  The talk will also examine Council Bluffs' unique contribution to the war-- a mobile hospital.  The brain child of a no-nonsense former Council Bluffs mayor, Unit K was the predecessor of the MASH units and significantly expanded the war-time role of women.

     The program is cosponsored by the Historical Society, Council Bluffs Public Library, General Dodge House, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and Preserve Council Bluffs.  Speakers will include Marlys Lien, Mary Lou McGinn, Patricia Labounty, Kori Nelson, Dannette Hein-Schnieder, and Richard Warner.  The Society has assisted in an exhibit about upcoming program that can be seen in a main floor display case at the library.

     The program is free and open to the public.

Council Bluffs in World War I

     The Society's board of directors has set Sunday, April 23 as the date for the Historical Society's annual business meeting and banquet.  HSPC President Mariel Wagner says she hopes moving the event from January to spring will provide more favorable weather. The general membership voted last year to change the bylaws to remove the requirement the meeting be held in January; the revised bylaws now allow the president and board of directors to select a date.  The time and location of the meeting has not as yet been determined.

Society Annual Banquet

Set for April 23

     Council Bluffs resident Grenville Dodge organized Iowa's first national guard unit in 1856.  Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa is named in his honor.  Sunday, February 5, Michael Vogt of the Humanities Iowa presents a history of the historic post.  The program will be at 2 pm at the library; there is no admission charge.

History of Camp Dodge to be Presented

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