Spots still open in Hometown Heritage WWI history programs

What was Wonder Woman doing during World War I? Wonder Woman movie copyright Warner Bros,, 2017

A cell from Savage Wolverine 21 depicts trench warfare. Copyright Arcudi and Quinones/Marvel Comics, 2014

There are still some spaces available in Hometown Hertiage’s free World War I history programs, so they have opened them up to interested people of all ages.

The series of topics runs the week of July 23 to July 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Carnegie Library Museum in downtown Perry. The programs focus on local history and incorporate pop culture, activism and hands-on activities.

The theme of the Monday, Wednesday and Friday programs involves World War I, comic books and superheroes. This action-packed history series on World War I and comics will cover the history of WWI, technological, military and social changes happening in 1914 and why this 100-year-old event appears in today’s comics and movies.

Discussion will include Wonder Woman, Batman, Wolverine, the Incredible Hulk and others as well as comics made by Iowa natives about WWI. Attendees will read comics, learn history and draw their own history-themed comics.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the Hometown Heritage program looks at youth activism during World War I. How did children and young adults help out at home and support the troops during WWI? This program will offer a brief history of WWI and focus on the contributions that the Youth Red Cross, Boys Scouts of America and Perry children and teens made in 1917-1918.

Attendees will learn the inspiring story of how groups of young people made a difference in history and will learn how to make a difference today. Discussion will include brainstorming ways to help your community today and make care packages for Iowa soldiers who are currently deployed.

Spots are still open in both programs, but space is limited to 15 participants each day. and registration is required. To reserve your spot, please contact Alissa at 515-465-7713 or

This Hometown Heritage program is funded by the Bock Family Foundation and care package donations from Hy-Vee and the Perry Public Library.

The youth activism program will focus on the contributions that the Youth Red Cross, Boys Scouts of America and Perry children and teens made in 1917-1918.


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