In conjuction with our current exhibition, "North Carolina in the Great War", Janie Knutson, Masters Candidate in Maritime Studies, will talk about her research on World War I battles on the coast of North Carolina.
During the period 1914-1917, the United States remained neutral as battles raged across Europe. Over this time, however, the relationship between the United States and the newly unified Germany became increasingly strained due to the activities of U-boat patrols in European waters. Congress officially declared war on April 6, 1917, and within a year U-boats moved into the Eastern Atlantic. Three submarines ventured as far as North Carolina during a destructive three-month period. The summer of 1918 became a tense time period for the merchant ships traveling the region and many ships fell victim to the actions of U-151, U-140, and U-117. Though often forgotten within local history, North Carolina played an important role in the battles of World War I.
Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Joyner Library, Faulkner Gallery
Greenville, NC 27858-4353