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Glencoe and the World at War

On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I.  President Woodrow Wilson put out the call to all Americans to make the world safe for democracy.

Nineteen days later, on April 25, 1917, the Village of Glencoe answered that call.  Hundreds of residents filled the school auditorium to capacity and organized the War Emergency Union of Glencoe.  Every man, woman and child stepped up to do their part.

GHS will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the “war to end all wars” through programs, activities and an interactive exhibit to help everyone understand the extraordinary support a united Glencoe gave to the war effort both at home and abroad.  In our community of approximately 2500 people, almost 10% of the population – 247 men – volunteered, enlisted or were drafted into the military and 115 of those men served overseas.

Many of the men who remained in Glencoe signed up for the military reserves.  Women in the village helped at the Red Cross Workshop and made bandages and hospital gowns for the troops.  They formed the bulk of the Liberty Loan sales force, worked with experts on food conservation and helped plan recreational activities for the troops at Fort Sheridan and Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  Even the kids in the community helped out by planting and monitoring community war gardens and selling thrift stamps.

You can learn all about these activities and the amazing stories of heroism and sacrifice by members of our Glencoe community.  The new, interactive World War I Exhibit is open every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.  It is best to call ahead (847-835-0040) or email (info@glencoehistory.org) to make sure that we will be able to provide you with an outstanding visitor experience.