A Year of Anniversaries Part 1: 1917-1937

2017 is an interesting year for pop culture anniversaries-popular movies, books, and events are celebrating 10, 50, or even 100 year anniversaries. Join Eckhart Public Library’s Charlie Chat as we explore some of these items. Click on any title or picture to find them within Eckhart Public Library or through Evergreen Indiana!


1917 – America enters World War I

History buffs may recognize that this year is the 100th anniversary of America joining into the Great War, later known as World War I. While the war started 3 years earlier, President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany on April 2, 1917, aligning America with the Allies. The war came to an end nearly a year and a half later in November 1918. Below are some items on the history of World War I of films that are set during the war.

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1927 – Mount Rushmore Begins Sculpting

2017 marks the 90 year anniversary of the beginning of Mount Rushmore’s sculpting. While conceived several years before to promote tourism in South Dakota, it was Gutzon Borglum and a band of 400 workers who were the legs of the Rushmore project. Sculpting began October 4, 1927, on the faces of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. The project finished just over 14 years later. Click below to check out biographies on these famous Rushmore faces.

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1937 – Popular Books For All Ages

While several notable books came out during 1937, 3 have truly stood the ages and are still popular titles. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkien, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, and “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” by Dr. Seuss were all published this year. Both “The Hobbit” and “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” were first publications by their respective authors, “Of Mice and Men” is still one of John Steinbeck’s best known works. Below you’ll find links to each book.

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Be sure to check back soon for our next anniversary installment – the 1940’s!


About Kaylee

Hello all! I am the Marketing Specialist at Eckhart Public Library, and do lots of fun work on our social media, posting blogs, and writing weekly emails. I can also be seen at the Auburn Plaza Temporary Location and Teen Library.
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