Alliance Française de Chicago

54 W. Chicago Ave

United States

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

6:30 p.m.

54 W. Chicago Avenue

Free Admission

 1914–2014: Olive Hulbert, Solange Brown: First World War Through the Eyes of Two Présidentes of the Alliance

Alliance Française de Chicago

1914 – 2014

L’Alliance commemorates La Grande Guerre de 1914-1918, the war to end all wars, with great musicians, unforgettable poetry, an exhibition featuring our very own archives, a lecture on the “The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism”… and much more from our partners.


Olive Hulbert, Solange Brown : First World War Through the Eyes of Two Présidentes of the Alliance

Solange Brown, president from 2002-2004, found a treasure throve of letters her father, André Pezon, a French soldier decorated for heroism, wrote to his cousin and soon-to-be bride, Geneviève Bouvier. They speak to us from the front line as if it were yesterday.

Olive Hulbert kept a meticulous record of her activities in the early 1920s, at a time when the Alliance Française raised money for the reconstruction of France, hosted dinners with French dignitaries such as Maréchal Foch, and supplied everything from bandages to blankets to the Red Cross effort in post-war France.

Experience a direct connection to the First World War through the letters, photos and artefacts left behind by two présidentes in an exhibition curated by H. R. Williams, former AF Board President, with a companion video featuring interviews of Solange Brown and George Renwick, grand-son of Olive Hulbert.



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