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Musical History Program – Songs of WWI

Music historian Rick Spencer will present a well-researched concert/lecture on the music of World War I with a strong focus on entertainment. The program runs approximately one hour and is followed by a short question and answer session.

To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War

On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated. Scholars agree that this was the catalyst of the terrible conflict that claimed over ten million live and came to be called, “The War to End All Wars.” The popular and folk songs of the First World War were patriotic and inspiring. Some were filled with pathos, describing tragedy, loss, fear, and hope. A surprising number were humorous. Music tied the men on the battlefield to their families at home. It united people in their beliefs and inspired those who left home to fight.

To listen to the songs of WWI is to hear the cultural history of the period brought vividly to life. This presentation is an exploration of songs from the period, some well-known, others more obscure, along with a discussion of the issues, events, and personalities of the War.

Important Visitor Information

Admission Fee: $5 adults; $4 MHS members; $2 students and children ages 10 and older
Location: Memorial Town Hall – Upper Level
8 Meeting House Lane, Madison

All programs are recommended for adults and children 10 and older.

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Memorial Town Hall

The Memorial Town Hall was built in 1897 to honor the town’s Civil War veterans. Located on the east side of the historic green, marble plaques mounted near the main entrance to the building list the names, rank and regimental affiliation of “Madison volunteers in the war for the Union 1861-1865.” Fallen soldiers from WWI are similarly remembered with marble plaques alongside the entrance.

An honor roll inside the building lists the names and dates of death of four residents who died in the American Revolution; forty-one who were killed in the Civil War; seven who were killed in World War I; nine in World War II; three in Korea; and three in Vietnam.Madison's Memorial-Town-Hall

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