Here's another great exhibit that we missed when it was active last year, but the Massachusetts Historical Society kept the material accessible online. As a member of the American Red Cross in France during World War I, Massachusetts-born Margaret Hall worked at a canteen at a railroad junction in the town of Châlons. On her return home she compiled a typescript narrative from the letters and diary passages that she wrote while overseas. Her words offer a firsthand account of life on the Western Front in the last months of the war. She also copiously illustrated the text with her own photographs, which depict soldiers, canteens, and the extensive destruction and ruin following the war.
Here is a sample of five of Margaret's photographs from the collection.
|U.S. 42nd "Rainbow" Division at Chalons|
|Soldier Visiting Destroyed Village of Craonne, Immortalized in Song|
|Initial Monument at Bayonet Trench, Verdun Battlefield|
|Massive Column of German Prisoners of War|
|Lone German Prisoner of War Approaches Port Chaussée, Verdun|