World War I caused thousands of casualties and many soldiers survived devastating injuries that they would not have survived in previous wars. Join historian Allison S. Finkelstein to learn about the postwar legacy of World War I “reconstruction aides,” civilian women who treated injured soldiers using techniques that became the basis for modern physical and occupational therapy. After pioneering rehabilitation practices during the “Great War,” these women worked to professionalize their field as they commemorated the war through their continued support of those who served in it.
Allison S. Finkelstein earned her Ph.D. in US history from the University of Maryland where she also studied Historic Preservation. She currently serves as the Chair of the Arlington World War I Commemoration Task Force. A specialist on World War I, her scholarship has been published in The Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and in the National Park Service’s new book of essays, World War I Remembered. Dr. Finkelstein presents frequently at scholarly conferences and was featured on C-SPAN “American History TV” as an expert narrating WWI era silent films.
This program is free and open to the public. It is part of a monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org, Email: i[email protected] or call: 703-892-4204.
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