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World War I Monuments of Connecticut

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by Richard Donohue
Thursday, November 7 @ 6:30 PM
Mansfield Public Library
Program Room

As the First World War ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their sons and daughters. Changes in cultural and civic ideals since the American Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should and 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 entire range of monumental styles.

Having visited and catalogued more than 200 monuments throughout the 169 towns in Connecticut, Richard Franklin Donohue will display images of the monuments and share stories of their design, placement, and the people memorialized on them. Special attention will be given to the people and memorial of Mansfield and surrounding towns.

Richard Franklin Donohue is the Town Historian of his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut. His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, travelling lectures, and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th-century slavery to Civil War-era subscription balls to early 20th-century marine engines. As President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five, he strives to enhance his town’s interest and participation in local and national history. He recently received the Cromwell Mayor’s award for Civic Duty in recognition of these efforts. In addition to his work with history, Richard is a tenor soloist specializing in Middle English Carols, Bach arias, and German Lieder and is the director of the 1876 Singing Society at Mystic Seaport.

Funny, informative, and well aware of the quirkiness of his off-beat quasi-obsession, Richard truly brings his topic to life.

This program is free and open to the public.  Funding for this library program is provided by the Friends of the Mansfield Library.

For additional information please contact Peggy at the library or at


Mansfield Public Library
54 Warrenville Rd
Mansfield Cente, CT United States
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