The purpose of this site is to allow the people of Windham and Willimantic together to attain a deeper historical understanding of a complex era lost to us long ago. This site is about the people of Windham and Willimantic during the days of World War I. The surrounding community had an active role when it came to the way it dealt with the struggle which came along with an all consuming war.
This site is a part of a Century America project in which students representing 9 different liberal arts colleges and universities across the country researched their schools and communities during the era of World War I. COPLAC and its affiliates wanted to encourage college towns by bringing together their resources in order to celebrate and memorialize the people who lost so much and devoted their energy to their country during the Great War. The project is funded by the Teagle Foundation. This website is created and maintained by Christos Stravoravdis of Eastern Connecticut State University. This website would not be up and running without the guidance of Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson of University of North Carolina at Asheville and Dr. Jeff McClurken of the University of Mary Washington.
The creation of this site allowed me to interact with the Willimantic community along with scholars across the nation. Through this, I gained a deeper understanding of my own community. Though I thought the works of a historian to be a lonely process, Century America has encouraged a network of scholars working for a common goal, and demonstrated the capabilities of combining historical research with new technologies.
1. Thomas A. Hurlburt, Constitution Hall, 2014, Eastern Connecticut State University Relations.