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World War I Art and History Coming to Ocean County Library
The Ocean County Library will offer two programs commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I at the Long Beach Island Branch, 217 S. Central Ave. in Surf City, Saturday, February 17.
Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library and the Great John Mathis Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
“The Great Art War Artists Exhibit – Art Reception” will take place at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. offering a Meet the Artists event with a viewing of their art work linked to World War I. The art will also be part of the branch’s exhibit during February, featuring photography, oil paintings, pastels and watercolors.
Elizabeth A Harrigle, an artist from LBI and Stafford, will offer one of the featured pieces called Subject Poppies, a watercolor painting honoring her great grandfather, Dr. Frederick N. Bunnell, a medic during World War I. All of the art will be for sale.
Artists will donate 10% of their proceeds to the Great John Mathis Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and 10% to the Friends of the Island Library. Refreshments will be served at 12 p.m. Registration is not required for this free program.
“Doughboy: The American Soldier of the Great War” at 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. will be presented by Jeff Brown, U.S. History and Government teacher, Southern Regional High School.
Brown will provide insight into the fascinating lives of World War I soldiers called American Doughboys and will use authentic artifacts to help demonstrate the soldier experience during the “war to end all wars.”
This program is free, but registration is required. To register call the Long Beach Island Branch at 609-494-2480 or visit theoceancountylibrary.org and click Events & News.