2017-02-16 / News

One woman's journal of war relief in France

WARNER — Joan Bartlett Warren, Warner resident and great-granddaughter of Pauline Sands Lee, will give an illustrated talk about Pauline's journals of her travels and work in France from November, 1916 to April, 1918 as a public record of her work as a volunteer for the American Fund for the French Wounded (AFFW) at 7 p.m., Friday, March 10 in the Warner Town Hall.  

Sponsored by the Warner Historical Society, the illustrative program is part of a multi-organization collaboration of Over There, Over Here; World War I and Life in NH Communities.

The journals are detailed first-hand observations of war-time France. She initially worked in Paris at the Alcazar, a large former entertainment hall, sorting donated medical supplies.  

Pauline raised funds to purchase a supply vehicle so that she herself (with a driver) could deliver the medical supplies to large and small hospitals nearby. On her second trip, she set up a sub-station depot in Chambery, located in northeast France to supply hospitals in the area.  

She helped the city prepare for American GI's recreational visits and supported the American "boys" through canteen work and hospital visits. Her interactions with townspeople and conversations with GI's about their personal experiences on the Front are also documented.

For more information about exhibits and programs visit overthereoverhere.com or call (603) 456-2437.

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