State Historical Society of North Dakota
“Experiencing WWI through Its’ Music” will be presented by Perry Hornbacher, professor of History at Bismarck State College, at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.
Music offers a unique perspective to reflect and interpret the attitude of the day. By using the songs that made up the soundtrack for World War I, various perspectives can be seen, from early open calls to stay out of the war—“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier”—to patriotic calls for support—“Over There”—and even to the reality of army life with “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” by Irving Berlin. Hornbacher will discuss and demonstrate how music was and is a powerful avenue to reach a large audience, and a window through which history can be viewed.
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