People of the Meuse-Argonne: Sjoerd van der Ven

Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project.  In this irregular interview series, the Webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.     1.  What are your name, nationality and occupation? Sjoerd van der Ven; Dutch; Assistant Manager, Pall Mall Store   2.  Which languages do you speak, and how fluently Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Lillian Pfluke

Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on multi-year research or preservation projects.  In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.     1)  What are your name, nationality and occupation? Lillian Pfluke, US, Founder of American War Memorials Overseas.  Also adjunct math professor for the University of Maryland.   2)  Which Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Alain Cesarini

Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on multi-year research or preservation projects.  In this irregular interview series, the Webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.     1)  What are your name, nationality and occupation? Alain Cesarini French Retired for six years   2)  Which languages do you speak, and how fluently do you speak them? Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Brian Grogan

Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on multi-year research or preservation projects.  In this irregular interview series, the Webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.       1)  What are your name, nationality and occupation? Brian Grogan, American, Photographer   2)  Which languages do you speak, and how fluently do you speak them? English–native, French–working Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Maarten and Didi Otte

Even today French locals , other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project.  In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.         1) What are your name, nationality and occupation? Maarten and Didi Otte, a Dutch couple running B&B 14-18 Nantillois and private museum ‘Meuse-Argonne 1918’ which Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Marc and Elfi Calluy

Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on multi-year research or preservation projects.  In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.     1)  What are your name, nationality and occupation? Calluy, Marc and Elfi Webmasters note:  They are Belgian and they run a Bar and Chambres et table d’Hôtes named Le Continue reading →

Travel Tips: Chambres d’Hotes Arara–A Handicapped Accessible B&B in Montfaucon-d’Argonne

Travelers with disabilities traveling to Europe know that it can be challenging to find suitable accommodations and to tour many sites.  Small European hotels often have no elevator / lift; and all their rooms are situated on floors other than the ground floor.   On his latest battlefield tour Webmaster Randy Gaulke met with Jan and Lenie Mulder, owners of the Arara Chambres d’Hôtes in Montfaucon-d’Argonne.  (Jan and Lenie were featured as the May 2016 “People of the Argonne” on this website.)  They informed him that Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Connie Ruzich

Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project.  In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.   1)  What are your name, nationality and occupation? Connie Ruzich, American, University Professor of English at Robert Morris University and author of the blog Behind Their Lines (forgotten voices Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Mark D. Van Ells

Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on multi-year research or preservation projects.  In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.       1)  What is your name, nationality and occupation? Mark D. Van Ells, American, Professor of History at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, and Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Jan en Lenie Mulder

Even today French locals , other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project.  In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.     1)  What are your name, nationality and occupation?  Jan & Lenie Mulder, Dutch (couple), Bed and Breakfast Owner ARARA (Montfaucon d’ Argonne).   2)  Which languages do Continue reading →