Bronxville’s World War I—Service at Home and Abroad During the Great War, 1914-1918.
Held at the Bronxville Public Library on May 5, 2019 “Bronxville’s World War I—Service at Home and Abroad During the Great War, 1914-1918” told the story of Bronxville’s World War I, including the Lawrence’s quest to travel home to Bronxville, letters home from Penrose Stout, the sacrifice of home town hero Leonard Morange who was killed on a flight training mission, War Bonds sold, Red Cross bandages bundled — all these and more were shared by Village Historian Ray Geselbracht using photographs and documents from the Bronxville History Center. The event was sponsored by the Bronxville Historical Conservancy.
“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 detailed 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.