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Society General Meeting

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Tyler Public Library—Taylor Auditorium

Speaker: Randy Gilbert

Program: “World War I Records”

Randy Gilbert will discuss the records available to use for World War I research. The war started in July 28, 1914 in Europe and the United States entered the conflict in April 6, 1917 and concluded on November 11, 1918. Randy is the chair for the Smith County Historical Society's committee on the observation of the 100th year anniversary of the United States participation in the World War I conflict.

Bio of Randy Gilbert:

  • Gilbert has been a leader in establishing the Camp Ford Historic Park in Tyler. The largest POW camp west of the Mississippi River during the Civil War, the site is now a park with walking trails, interpretive signage and a cabin reconstruction.

  • Randy has been an active member of the Smith County Historical Society serving as an officer for many years. He has also authored several articles primarily about Smith County history.

  • Randy and his wife enjoy both riding and driving horses, and have a collection of horse drawn vehicles. Harriet is an accomplished organist and a member of the East Texas Organ Guild. They enjoy travel, especially to Harriet’s original homeland of Germany.

  • A fifth generation Texan, Gilbert has been very active in preservation activities at both the local and State level.

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