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Over There: Songs and Letters of WW1

Sunday, February 28, 2021. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. (VIRTUAL PROGRAM)

Presented by Neill Hartley.

Neill Hartley presents a captivating one–man show featuring iconic songs and letters from World War I. This fully staged program will present the remarkable stories of the war, told in the words of the men and women who lived it. Entertaining and informative for audience of all ages.
During WW1, Americans young and old threw their collective energy into the war effort. Patriotic loyalty and “Americanism” pervaded the country. Songs, letters and articles kept Americans abreast of the war efforts. During the war, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation.
At home, American songwriters were exempt from the national policy of paper rationing. Sheet music was as important as arms production. Songs such as “Over There” and “Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” embodied the American spirit, and have been passed from generation to generation.
Following the performance, there is a short informational section about the time period, followed by a question and answer with the audience.

Neill Hartley is professional actor who has performed with many local and regional theaters and is on the theater faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Please register online. Once your registration is complete, a link to Zoom will be sent to you to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library.