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Filson Friday - "France for Me": Enid Yandell in World War I Paris

Friday, August 4, 2017: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   04/08/2017 12:00:00 04/08/2017 13:00:00 America/Anguilla Filson Friday - "France for Me": Enid Yandell in World War I Paris Friday, August 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Join Jana Meyer for a presentation on Enid Yandell and her time in France during WWI. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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In August 1914 the streets of Paris were eerily empty, devoid of their typical summer tourist crowds. The city hummed with nervous energy as hurried preparations were made to erect fortifications against an advancing German army. Railway stations were jammed with people attempting to flee – even the French government retreated to the safety of Bordeaux. However, a few brave souls chose to remain. Among them was celebrated sculptor Enid Yandell, the daughter of a prominent Louisville family, who was in Paris to complete a commission on a piece of public statuary. Enid had the opportunity to return home to the United States but instead chose to throw her lot in with the Parisians. This lecture will explore Enid's experiences in Paris during the early weeks of World War I, as well as her subsequent involvement in relief efforts to ease the suffering of French civilians.
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