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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.

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Council Bluffs in World War I