Join the Friends of Romagne and Support the Romagne 14-18 Museum

  Jean-Paul de Vries’ Romagne 14-18 Museum one of the best known museums / attractions in the Meuse-Argonne, and it is visited by thousands each year.  (The Webmaster first visited the museum in 2004, right before it moved to its current location.)  However, as with most museums it takes a tremendous amount of work and funds to operate.  In order to ensure adequate financial support for the museum, the foundation “Friends of Romagne” has been established.  Below is a letter from the foundation’s Chairman encouraging visitors Continue reading →

La Vie en France: Post #3. Skills and Talent Residence Permit Visa Obtained!!!

A key part of the Webmaster’s plan to work in France as a freelance battlefield tour guide was obtaining the “Skills and Talent” residence permit visa.  Per the France in New York website: “If you have a project, the three-year, renewable “Compétences et Talents” card allows you to exercise the professional activity of your choice in connection with your project.” However, at the Visa Section of the French Consulate-General one will not find a life coach who will guide one through the process.  Rather, one Continue reading →

Twist on a Famous Poster: Do You Know What Your Daddy (or Grandfather or Great Uncle) did in the War?

April 6, 2017 marked the beginning of the Centennial of U.S. involvement in World War 1; and yet many U.S. families know much less about the activities of their ancestors during 1917-1919 than during other time periods.  It’s not too late to correct that deficiency; and it’s also not too late to plan a customized battlefield tour following in the footsteps of your relative! Webmaster Randal Gaulke is making plans to live in France for several months in 2017.  During that period he will be working Continue reading →

La Vie en France: Post #2. Time is not on my Side!

  15 March, 2017 was the Webmaster’s last day at work.  Eight weeks seemed to be more than enough time to get everything done before moving to France for six months on 15 May.  Well, four weeks have passed, and the Webmaster still has an unbelievable do list to accomplish over the next month!!!   To be sure, he did accomplish some major home projects–including renovating an office and the guest bedroom.  He also has spent quality time with the family; and he was able to participate Continue reading →

News and Events–Stateside: American Experience Three-Part Special “The Great War” Premiers Tonight on PBS Stations Across the U.S.

    Most readers have seen the advertisements on public television stations, on friend’s Facebook pages, etc.  But for those who have not, here is a reminder:  The American Experience has published a three-part special covering U.S. involvement in the Great War.  It will air Monday, April 10; Tuesday, April 11; and Wednesday, April 12–starting at 9:00pm EST / 8:00pm CST.  Readers are advised to plan their viewing / DVR recording accordingly.  

We Forget Today: April 6, 1917–America Joins the Allies

The Webmaster has been awaiting this day for the last few years.  Funny, now that it has arrived he has no brilliant speeches / no words to say; except for the line he uses to being a “We Forget Today” blog post:  “We forget today just what an impact World War I had on the lives of its participants and their families.”  It took months to mobilize and train Pershing’s Army and to ship it overseas, but the impact was already being felt across the U.S. and Continue reading →

Research Tips: The Western Front Association, East Coast Branch and The Western Front Association

    As the Centennial commemoration of U.S. involvement in the war approaches, interest in the First World War is likely to increase.  However, without giving the newly interested some tangible steps to “feed” their hunger for knowledge and networking interest in the topic could quickly fade.  Luckily, there are organizations in the U.S. and world-wide that can help people learn more about the First World War.  The March 6 blog post focused on the World War One Historical Association.  This blog post will focus 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 →

Research Tips: The World War One Historical Association

  As the Centennial commemoration of U.S. involvement in the war approaches, interest in the First World War is likely to increase.  However, without giving the newly interested some tangible steps to “feed” their hunger for knowledge and networking, interest in the topic could quickly fade.  Luckily, there are organizations in the U.S. and world-wide that can help people learn more about the First World War.  This blogpost will focus on the World War One Historical Association.  (http://ww1ha.org/)  A (near) future blogpost will focus on the Western Front Continue reading →

La Vie en France: 2017 Plans

  Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose…   This poster was my 2016 Christmas present from my wife, Laurie, in anticipation of this day.  I have tendered my resignation for my day job, and I will be leaving shortly.  From May to November 2017 I am making plans to live in France and to work as a freelance tour guide; helping Americans rediscover the battlefields of WW1.   Details Continue reading →