World War One Commemoration Task Force
Nov. 14, 2017
Courthouse Plaza Rm 311
- Vice Chair Sara Steinberger opened the meeting and asked for acceptance of the October meeting minutes; passed
- Steinberger announced that Carl Lankowski had stepped down from his position with the Sister Cities Association and, as one the associations two appointed members, was therefore stepping down from the Task Force. Brinton Rowdybush indicated that the association meets next week and would determine if they would put forward another representative for County Board consideration
- Steinberger reported on an anniversary event that she and Dr. Finkelstein attended at the Columbia Garden Cemetery in October. Part of the event included a military band that may be available for future events supported by the Task Force.
- Still working on the transfer of WWI photo display that will be stored at the Library; Tom Dickinson is coordinating
- The membership also discussed the use of the display by APS; once display is transferred, we will consult with Cathy Hix, APS rep
- Library Director Diane Kresh reported on a November display at Central Library to coincide with the Veteran’s Day observance; the display includes some new WWI posters
- Discussion on Mark Benbow WWI timeline but no decision on use as yet
- Discussion of Arlington Historical Society WWI Lectures; still in planning stages but will be conducted on the second Thursday of each month in cooperation with Marymount University
- Sister Cities is planning a possible WWI speaker series next year
- Peter Golkin, who has changed jobs within the county, will remain the point of contact for distribution event and through social media and county web
- The grant application for the 100 Cities/100 Memorials program is being completed and will be ready for TF review at the January meeting. Thanks to Dan Donahue for getting this the application started and to Cynthia Liccese-Torres and Kyle Fisher from Historic Preservation for taking on the full application.
- During a “Thinking Ahead” conversation the membership discussed upcoming events including the County Fair (August 15-19, 2018) with the possible inclusion of the State’s WWI mobile tour bus, and both the 2018 Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day observances in 2018; the Task Force will provide assistance as desired by the VSO’s who typically run the ceremonies and the County will promote the events
- While most events have since passed, the Author event with Michael Kazin to discuss his book War Against War: The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918 will be held January 13 at 3 p.m. at the Central Library.
- Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.; the next meeting is January 9, 2018