• Chautaqua - Black Jack Pershing, Love and War

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    Name: Chautaqua - Black Jack Pershing, Love and War
    Date: May 19, 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
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    "Black Jack" Pershing, Love & War -
    Are you a history buff or just interested in learning about World War I? You won't want want to miss this and other upcoming Chautauqua events here in Sidney.

    As part of the events leading up to the Sidney Chautauqua on June 14-17, we are pleased to present this screening and discussion of the film "Black Jack Pershing - Love and War". The screening will be introduced by the producer, UNL College of Journalism Professor Bernard R. McCoy.

    "Black Jack Pershing: Love and War" tells the story of General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and the only active duty six-star general in U.S. history. General John J. Pershing was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to lead the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe. Nicknamed “Black Jack,” Pershing commanded two million U.S. troops which helped turn the Allied battle tide against Germany and forced an end to WWI in November 1918.

    Pershing also had strong Nebraska ties. He was head of UNL’s Military Cadet program in the 1890s, earned a law degree at UNL, and owned a home in Lincoln where his two sisters lived.

    Behind his iron exterior stood a man who also endured great personal tragedy and heartbreak. Pershing’s three daughters and wife died in a fire at the Presidio in California while Pershing led U.S. troops patrolling Texas’ border with Mexico after reports that revolutionary General Pancho Villa might invade the U.S.

    Duration: 90 minutes. Film will be 56 minutes, plus 30 minutes for audience discussion





    World War I: Legacies of a Forgotten War is a 3-year Chautauqua series (2016-2018) presented by Humanities Nebraska throughout the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska Chautauqua offers opportunities for audiences to come together to develop a fuller understanding of the lasting influences of the Great War.

    Sidney Elk's Lodge
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    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    10:00 a.m.
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