By Suzanne Pratt Davis, Member, Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy.
Apr. 17, 2019: The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is thrilled to announce a public lecture on Bronxville and World War I by village historian Raymond Geselbracht on May 5 at 4:00 pm at the Bronxville Public Library. “Bronxville’s World War I—Service at Home and Abroad During the Great War, 1914-1918” will be presented by Geselbracht using photographs and documents from the Bronxville History Center.
“The biggest surprise I encountered during my research on Bronxville and World War I was the way in which a war, which started with an assassination in Bosnia, reached so powerfully 4,000 miles across the world into the lives of the people of the little village of Bronxville,” said Geselbracht. In the lecture, he plans to detail the stories of Bronxville men who fought in Europe during the Great War as well as the efforts of Bronxville women on the home front.
For more than two decades, Geselbracht worked at the Harry S. Truman Library as special assistant to the director and as a supervisory archivist. Prior to those positions, Geselbracht was an archivist with the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Materials Project and an archivist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.
Geselbracht is the co-editor, with David Acheson, of Affection and Trust: The Personal Correspondence of Harry S. Truman and Dean Acheson (2010). He has also penned numerous articles on the personal lives of Harry and Bess Truman, including “The Love Story of Harry and Bess Truman,” (White House Studies, 2001) and “Harry Truman, Poker Player” (Prologue, 2003).
In 1973, Geselbracht received his doctorate in American history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.