Community Calendar Advisory - 1916 Border Campaign Encampment

Living Historians explain Illinois National Guard service during 1916; Presentation by Dr. Chris McDonald on Sept. 9

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/25/2017) (readMedia)-- Please include this on your community calendars.
WHO: • Illinois State Military Museum Living History Detachment• Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society• Illinois State Military Museum
WHAT: • Military Museum Living Historians will display equipment, uniforms and weapons used by more than 10,000 Illinois National Guard Soldiers in the 1916 Border Campaign and discuss the military operation. • Illinois troops were deployed to secure the border while Maj. Gen. John Pershing conducted the year-long campaign into Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa. The Mexican revolutionary raided Columbus, New Mexico, killing eight Soldiers and 10 civilians.• Dr. Chris McDonald, Professor at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois will give a presentation about the 1916 expedition and how it was the first time the Army used airplanes, motorcycles and trucks. He will also discuss how the expedition served as a dress rehearsal for the mobilization of U.S. forces for World War I.
WHEN: Saturday September 09, 2017 at 10:00AM Central Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: Illinoist State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, Illinois 62702
NOTES: • Admission and parking are free. For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.