BERLIN - According to historian Richard Donohue, the World War I Memorial on Worthington Ridge is not only an excellent piece of early 20th-century art, but the story of its design, construction, continued development, and social position serves as a perfect example of a community honoring the spirit of the American soldier. On Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m., Donohue will offer an insightful presentation, “The World War One Memorials of Connecticut” at the Berlin Historical Society Museum. The free event will open the museum’s 2018 season and is followed by a reception. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly advised. To register, call 860-828-5114.
During his presentation, Donohue will examine how American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their sons and daughters as the “Great War” ended. He points out that changes in cultural and civic ideals since the Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should or should not be. Government leaders, artists, historians, and the monument industry itself promoted ideas from simple tablets to monoliths rivaling those of Egypt and Rome. Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify this range of monumental styles.
Having visited and catalogued more than 220 monuments throughout Connecticut, Donohue will display images of many monuments, and explore trends in their design and placement, with special emphasis placed on the Worthington Ridge Monument and others in the surrounding area.
The Berlin Historical Society is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization devoted to preserving and sharing Berlin’s rich cultural heritage through events, exhibits, and education programs that make the past relevant for all ages. Located at 305 Main Street, in the Kensington section, the museum offers entertaining events and exhibits showcasing the development and culture of Berlin and central Connecticut. For more information visit: http://berlincthistorical.org/, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/berlincthistorical/or call 860-828-5114.
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