History Matters talk on World War I May 8

SARANAC LAKE – Historic Saranac Lake’s annual History Matters speaker series begins with a roundtable discussion on World War I.

At 7 p.m. May 8, the public is invited to attend a discussion titled, “World War I: 100 Years Later.”

Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio will lead a discussion about how World War I changed our society and continues to resonate today, a century later, in our culture and politics.

The conversation will be based around three popular accounts of the war that attendees are invited to read or watch in advance: “All Quiet On The Western Front” (book and film), “Gallipoli” (book and film), “The Reluctant Tommy” (book) and “Passchendaele” (film).

The talk will be held in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church St., Saranac Lake. The talk is a lead-in to the reopening on July 1 of the John Black Room exhibit, “The Great War: WWI in Saranac Lake.”

The “History Matters” discussions meet four Thursdays in May at 7 p.m.

Admission is free of charge.

Light refreshments will be served.

Call Historic Saranac Lake at 518-891-4606 for more information.