At the close of the Great War, the United States had 4.3 million men and women in uniform, with over 2 million in Europe. Those soldiers, sailors and Marines had great expectations for their future: marriage, family, jobs, education and a return to normalcy. How did their dreams play out when they returned to Fond du Lac?

Local historian Wayne King will tell their stories at Long Road Home from WWI at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The History at Home programs are free; no registration required.

King, a Fond du Lac native, is retired from the U.S. Army as Chief Warrant Officer 4, having served for more than 26 years overseas and in the United States. He has degrees in History and Secondary Education. His primary area of interest is WWI history.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area’s past every third Thursday of the month (no program in December). Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library’s YouTube channel. The link can be found at fdlpl.org/miss-program.

Pictured: Clipping from a FDL newspaper describing one soldier, whose story will be shared in Long Road Home from WWI.