ATU Library Earns Grant for WWI Events

Arkansas Tech University’s Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center is one of 120 organizations in the United States selected to receive grant funding from the Library of America in support of educational programming about World War I.

The public programming coincides with the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. Through the first two rounds of grant announcements, ATU is the only entity in Arkansas selected to receive the Library of America grant funding for the program.

A traveling exhibition that provides an overview of America’s role in World War I will be on display at Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, 305 West Q Street in Russellville, Sept. 5-25.

ATU events as part of the program will also include a series of five live presentations, all of which will begin at 7 p.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300 south:

Thursday, Sept. 7
Dr. Buck Foster, Arkansas Department of Heritage, “World War I and Arkansas”

Thursday, Sept. 14
Dr. Jan Jenkins, ATU, “Propaganda and Persuasion”

Thursday, Sept. 28
Master Sgt. Lee Fields, retired, U.S. Army, “Ozarks to the Argonne Forest”

Thursday, Oct. 19
Dr. Stanley Lombardo, ATU, Reading from “WWI and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It”

Thursday, Nov. 9
All Veterans Appreciation Event, Discussion Panel on Veterans’ Issues

All programs as part of the World War I commemoration are free and open to the public. For more information, call (479) 964-0569, send e-mail to or visit