The Gasconade County Historical Society will release a new book titled, “Over the Top Over Here and Over There,” Sunday, Nov. 11, the exact 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The release event is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Bay American Legion Hall, near the intersection of Highways K and 50.
The book is composed of newspaper reporting of the war, beginning in 1914 and ending with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
The text of the volume is newspaper copy from the three newspapers operating in Gasconade County at the time of the Great War — The Bland Courier, Gasconade County Republican and The Advertiser-Courier.
The text is interspersed with war-related graphics from the newspapers.
Dr. Petra DeWitt, history professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, has written an introduction which outlines the events leading up to the outbreak of war in Europe, the reasons why the United States entered the war in 1917, and the impact of the conflict on American society.
The fully indexed volume contains the names of Gasconade County men who registered, were classified and then were entrained for service. Letters home to the editors of the newspaper from the boys in khaki in the camps and from the front are included, as are the obituaries of those from Gasconade County who were killed in action or who died from influenza and pneumonia.
On Nov. 11 only, persons attending the release event at the Bay American Legion will be able to purchase the 300-plus page volume for $5 off the regular retail price of $30.