The American Daughters of Charity served as nurses on the Italian front of the Great War. The archives today chronicles their service with journals and photographs of the War to End All Wars, the great powder keg explosion that began the 20th century.
Here are the entries in the Provincial annals from Nov. 10-11, 2018. They are written very simply, but mark relief that the war which saw mass carnage on a scale unprecedented, which had killed 10 million young souls, was over.
Nov. 10: “In the afternoon a visitor coming from Washington brought the news that the armistice would be signed and that the Kaiser and other members of Hohenzolle[r]n family had abdicated.
Nov 11: “the armistice was signed this morning and all fighting ceased at eleven o’clock. the cities are wild in demonstrations of joy – here we thought our celebration of last Thursday sufficient – the pupils had a holiday and a parade down the Avenue and they sang patriotic songs, made all the noise they could.”
The World War I collections are open to researchers remotely and visiting on-site.