Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to Host Book Signing Event on the History of World War I Gold Star Mothers

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Date: November 3, 2016
Contact: Mary Rose, Friends of Fort Vancouver, 360-816-6216
Contact: Bob Cromwell, Acting Chief Ranger, 360-816-6253

On Saturday, November 19 from 2 pm to 4 pm, the National Park Service and the Friends of Fort Vancouver will host a book signing and lecture with local author Diane Green-Hartley.

Green-Hartley's 2010 book, Lillie's Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother, tells the story of the author's great grandmother, Lillie Green, who participated in the little known, Army-sponsored 1930-1933 pilgrimages of over 6,000 American "Gold Star Mothers" to their son's World War I grave sites in France and Belgium. Through family curated letters from Lillie Green's son Jasper, the book details his life as an Idaho shepherd who was drafted into the Army in 1917. Private Green underwent boot camp at Camp Lewis, Washington, and was deployed into combat in France. He succumbed to battlefield wounds in a hospital in France on August 22, 1918.

In the late 1920s, mothers of deceased World War I soldiers organized the federally recognized non-profit "Gold Star Mothers, Inc." Through their lobbying, in 1929, Congress authorized the War Department to pay for pilgrimages of Gold Star Mothers to visit their son's grave sites in Europe, starting in 1930. Lillie Green was one of the first of these mothers to make the pilgrimage. Green-Hartley's work pulls together the family letters of Private Green and Lillie Green's diary into a fascinating dialogue of one family's loss during and after World War I. 

"We are happy to host this book signing and lecture for Diane Green-Hartley, in the midst of the centennial of World War I, and right after Veteran's Day," said Acting Chief Ranger Bob Cromwell. "Vancouver Barracks played an important role in World War I, and Green-Hartley's ancestors played a direct role in this world-wide conflict. It is an important story to tell, to ensure that we do not forget the personal sacrifices many Americans have made in our military conflicts."

From 2 pm to 4 pm, Green-Hartley will deliver a presentation on her research and sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center Bookstore.

What: Book signing and lecture with author Diane Green-Hartley

Where: Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016. Book signing and lecture from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Cost: Free



Last updated: November 3, 2016

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