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Norwalk Historical Society Marks Veterans Day With WWI Lecture, Book Drive

Join historians Dr. Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney for "Lima Beans to Libraries: How Food and Books Helped to Win the Great War" a lively lecture and discussion on local contributions to World War I.
Join historians Dr. Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney for "Lima Beans to Libraries: How Food and Books Helped to Win the Great War" a lively lecture and discussion on local contributions to World War I. Photo Credit: Norwalk Historical Society

NORWALK, Conn. -- In honor of Veterans Day and the WWI Centennial, the Norwalk Historical Society will host a free lecture on local contributions to World War I.

"From Lima Beans to Libraries: How Food and Books Helped Win the Great War" will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. at the townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park. Join historians Dr. Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney for a lively lecture and discussion. From gardening, canning and food conservation to prescribing books for servicemen and veterans, there were many ways for people, old and young, to serve. Learn how Connecticut residents mobilized for the Great War, both at home and abroad, one hundred years ago.

New or used books will be collected at the event for the Society's Books for Veterans Drive for the Vietnam Veterans of America. Members of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary Poppy Program will also be accepting donations.

Horrocks is a public historian. Upon graduation from Trinity College, where she earned degrees in History and American Studies, she pursued a Ph.D. in History at the University of Connecticut. In addition to teaching at UConn, Horrocks has been employed at a range of house museums and historic sites, including the Preservation Society of Newport County and Mystic Seaport. She now works for Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, a bi-state unit of the National Park Service.

Mahoney is a graduate of Trinity College where she earned degrees in History and English. She is currently finishing her dissertation on the history of bibliotherapy at the University of Connecticut. Mahoney also hosts a podcast called "Chapters" that tells the stories of readers' lives through the books that have meant the most to them.

RSVP at w ww.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or call (203) 846-0525. Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall St., Norwalk

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