Motor coach Tour set around 100th Anniversary of Death of James Bethel Gresham 

To mark the 100th anniversary of United States entry into World War I and the first US combat fatality of the conflict—James Bethel Gresham of Evansville—the Evansville Museum is presenting a motor coach tour recalling the city in this period. The tour will drive-by sites associated with Gresham—including places he lived and worked. The tour will also note several sites associated with World War I Evansville, including factories in the city that produced goods for the Allies in the war against the Central Powers. 

The tour will conclude at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum—site of services for Gresham in 1917 and 1921. 

Please note that due to logistical considerations, the motor coach tour will not visit the burial site of James Bethel Gresham in Locust Hill Cemetery. People are encouraged to attend a special public ceremony commemorating Gresham at the cemetery on Friday, November 3 as detailed below. 

Tour Details
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Check-in: 8:45 to 9:15 AM
Check-in Location: Parking Lot of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum
Motor Coach Boarding: 9:15 AM
Motor Coach Tour Departure: 9:30 AM
Tour Running Time: Approximately 2 hours
Price: $25 Members/$40 Not-Yet Members

Maximum Participants: 53—Advanced Reservations are Required
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 12

PLEASE NOTE THE MOTOR COACH WILL DEPART AND RETURN FROM THE PARKING LOT OF THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

To Register: Pay by credit card at (812) 425-2406 during regular business hours or visit http://evansvillemuseum.org/programs/trips-excursions/. Payment must be received on or before the registration deadline. Registration is guaranteed when payment is received.


SPECIAL COLISEUM TOUR AND PROGRAM

Immediately following the Evansville Museum’s World War I Motor Coach Tour on Saturday, November 4, 2017 the Vanderburgh County Historical Society will present a special tour, program and lunch at the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Coliseum. For information about this event, visithttp://www.vchshistory.org/


COMMEMORATION OF JAMES BETHEL GRESHAM

One hundred years to the day, on Friday, November 3, 2017, a special ceremony and reception will commemorate the first United States combat death of World War I—James Bethel Gresham of Evansville. The 12:00 PM ceremony will take place at the final resting place of Gresham at Locust Hill Cemetery in Evansville. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at the Evansville Museum, including a curator’s tour of the exhibition Evansville in the Great War. Those honoring Gresham will include the honorable Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor of Evansville. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public. 

This commemoration is coordinated by the Indiana Archives and Records Administration, the City of Evansville and the Evansville Museum.