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2018 ETHS Annual Meeting of the Membership

@ The Foundry at the World's Fair Site


Alvin, We Thought We Knew You

Michael Birdwell, Ph.D.

“Don’t want to fight,” wrote conscientious objector Alvin C. York of Pall Mall on his draft registration. Yet after grappling with his conscience, the reluctant warrior went on to become one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I, an amazing and inspirational story captured in the film classic, Sergeant York.

Dr. Michael Birdwell will discuss the public and private sides of the American hero, the search for the actual battlefield location, and the making of the movie and its influence on World War II.

Dr. Birdwell is the curator of the York Paper in Pall Mall, Tennessee, and has studied the life of York for more than a quarter of a century, often working directly with the family. Most recently, he was part of a team that conducted battlefield archaeology to locate the actual York battle site near Chatel-Chehery, France. Birdwell has also researched extensively into film history, with an emphasis on Tennessee films and films influenced by World War I and World War II.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:30 p.m. Cash Bar
6:15 p.m. Dinner

The Foundry
747 World’s Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902

Guest Speaker
Michael Birdwell, Ph.D.

Election of Officers

Presentation of Awards

Dinner $40
Please Reserve by April 26
Order Tickets Below or Call 865-215-8883


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