Commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I with a chance to take your photo with a vintage World War I ambulance and view a display of artifacts and documents.
Ambulance 255 is a 1916 Model T Ford ambulance that is representative of the 1,200 ambulances that were donated by Americans and driven by American volunteers for three years in France before the U.S. entered World War I in 1917. Ambulance 255 was dedicated on May 5, 2012 at ceremonies in Norwich, Connecticut. Since then, the ambulance has participated in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D. C., ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the Presidential Inaugural Parade in January 2013. In 2014 the ambulance toured France for six months covering 10,000 miles to tell the story of Americans serving in France before the doughboys.
George King III, who, along with Jeff Klinger, will be at the Library in costume, owns an antique engine restoration business. George is the Executive Director of the Ambulance 255 Project. He has been driving Model T Fords since he was 16. Jeff Klinger, M.P.H., Ph.D., has formal training in medical microbiology and public health. He has served on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University and Harvard. He has had a life-long fascination with military medical subjects, focusing on WWI. For the past few years he has been enthusiastically associated with George KingÕs Ambulance 255 Project.
Please bring your camera or iphone for this great photo op!