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Slate Valley Museum to host third WWI lecture in recognition of centennial

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.—GRANVILLE, N.Y.—The Slate Valley Museum will host a lecture titled “A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War” by New York State Museum’s Senior Historian Aaron Noble on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. The lecture will discuss the Empire State’s pivotal role in the American war effort.

To study the history of New York State in World War I is to understand the American experience during that conflict. In the words of Noble, New York

Portrait of Aaron Noble indoors
Courtesy of SVM

State surpassed all others during the First World War in regards to men, money, and material provided to the war effort.

Noble holds a bachelors degree in history from Union College, as well as a masters degree in public history from the University at Albany. He has recently been integral in formulating an exhibition for the New York State Museum, which commemorates the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into the First World War.

Noble’s body of specialty research examines the pivotal role New Yorkers played in all facets of the conflict. More specifically, Noble’s current research looks at individual New Yorkers from all across the state and from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds in order to interpret and share their specific wartime experiences with the general public. This forthcoming lecture as hosted by SVM will highlight the importance of New York as one of the most populous, industrialized, and wealthy states in the nation in 1917, and the crucial role the citizens of this region played in the American war effort.

This engaging and informative lecture will shine a light on the personal experiences of wartime soldiers and investigate how these New Yorkers shaped the larger narrative of United States history.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water St., Granville, N.Y. For more information, visit

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