On Veterans Day, Mr. Haas will discuss his most recent effort, To Honor Fallen Heroes: How a Small, German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War – a historical study of more than six hundred fifty men from College Point, Queens who served in the Army: Navy, Marine Corps and the Merchant Marines during WWI.
College Point was primarily a town settled by working class people of German origin, and subsequently known as a place where well-to-do New Yorkers used to spend their leisure time away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Join us for a conversation with book author James E. Haas, discussing how this small Queens town and its residents were affected by World War I.
About the author:
James E. Haas has written four books on the history of College Point the first titled, This Gunner at His Piece: College Point, NY and the Civil War with Biographies of the Men Who Served. It was followed by Conrad Poppenhusen: The Life of a German-American Industrial Pioneer and St. Fidelis Parish in College Point, NY: The First Seventy-Five Years, 1856-1931. Born and raised in College Point, and a graduate of St. John’s University, he lives with his wife Lynne in Severna Park, Maryland.