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The Hoover Institution hosted "Glory and Gratitude to the United States – Chers Bienfaiteurs'" on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

Few people know that a large-scale humanitarian effort took place during WWI. As early as 1914, thousands of Belgian and American volunteers pulled together under the leadership of future President Herbert Hoover to save millions from starvation. Join American historian and Herbert Hoover biographer, George Nash, Mrs. Margaret Hoover and Dr. Nancy Heingartner as they discuss the Commission for Relief, the lives of civilians during WWI and the legacy which continues on into today.

Accompanying the panel discussion will be an exhibit of handwritten letters and drawings of gratitude addressed by Belgian schoolchildren to US Consul General in Liège, Alexander Heingartner, in 1917.

 

Panelists:
George Nash, PhD
Historian and Author
Author of a Multivolume Scholarly Biography of Herbert Hoover
 
Nancy Heingartner, PhD
Ph.D. in Slavic languages, Brown University
IRIS Assistant Director, Outreach
University of WI-Madison, Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS)
 
Bernard Geenen
Economic and Commercial Counselor for Wallonia
Embassy of Belgium
 
Distinguished Guests:
Brigadier General G. Franchomme
Defense, Military, Air and Naval Attaché
Embassy of Belgium
 
Colonel Thomas Dunne 
Canadian Armed Forces, Air Attaché Embassy of Canada
 

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