Fort Devens continues centennial events with special talk

March 14, 2018 by  

The monthly program at the Fort Devens Museum will continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Camp, focusing on the involvement of the United States in World War I.

Speaking this month will be a Chelmsford resident and a veteran of the Marine Corps, James Wilson, who has been collecting memorabilia and artifacts from World War I for 45 years.

The talk will focus on the items in Wilson’s collection, highlighting some of the 150 uniforms he owns. The uniforms to be displayed will be those worn by people trained at Camp Devens, including the 12th, 76th, and 26th Divisions, the last of which came back to the Camp after fighting in France. Among the other uniforms to be discussed will be one from an American aviator, a Canadian Black Watch uniform, and a uniform from the Canadian Army.

The insignia, buttons, bars and stripes, and patches will be discussed in the context of providing information about the soldier that wore the uniforms. This will lead to a greater understanding of World War I and the involvement of the United States.

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The talk will be taking place this Saturday, March 17, beginning at 1:00 p.m.