Chester’s Role During World War I

Chester Historical Preservation Committee

Presents a Free Lecture by J. Joseph Edgette, Ph. D.

Monday September 18th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

 At Hedgerow Theater

64 Rose Valley Road

Media, Pa 19063

Chester’s Role During World War I

            The Great War was proclaimed as the war to end all wars. Though it was fought in Europe, first world war ancillary activities were very much in evidence in cities, towns, and hamlets throughout the United States to aide and support our Allies abroad. Each had something to offer to the War effort with Chester, Pennsylvania among many of those offering a lion’s share of generosity, contributory, and supportive involvement. Besides shipbuilding from the capital of the shipbuilding industry of the U.S., Chester was a supplier of arms, ammunition, other war-related materials and services in addition to its most precious commodity, men and women to serve in the armed forces. This richly illustrated presentation will provide a descriptive narrative and discussion of the significant role Chester played during the war to end all wars.


Joseph Edgette, Ph.D.

Joseph Edgette, Ph.D., a native of Delaware County, holds the rank of Professor Emeritus and Folklorist Emeritus at Widener University where he was on the faculty of its Center for Education. Dr. Edgette was the University’s resident folklorist and served in various other capacities. He had the distinction of holding a joint-appointment in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Human Service Professions.

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