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Samuel H. Ranck: Librarian at War

When America entered World War I, librarians were called upon to provide balm to the triple psychological threat of war: boredom, terror, and grief. Samuel H. Ranck, Director of the Grand Rapids Public Library, was called to serve in France in 1918 and became the sole librarian casualty of war. While abroad, he took dozens of photographs and wrote hundreds of pages about his experiences and the people he met along the way. He captured insightful glimpses into the lives of African American soldiers and collected one-of-a-kind war propaganda like handbills and posters. Local history librarian Colleen Marquis will share information about the American Library Association War Service and the life of Samual H. Ranck, adventure librarian.

Samuel H. Ranck: Librarian at War
  • Times:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • August 2, 2017 to August 2, 2017
  • Grand Rapids Public Library- Main Branch
  • Free