2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 31
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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Treaty of Versailles, Humpty-Dumpty, FRANKENSTEIN, and the Birth of World War II" with scholar and author Dr. Rudolph Daniels, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

The program will be an entertaining excursion into the tradition of “chasing history by running backwards,” says Daniels. 

One hundred years ago, delegates met in Paris to draft treaties to officially end World War I. Political promises had to be kept or at least appear to be kept.

“Some wanted revenge in money or territory or both,” says Daniels. “Others connived for economic and trade advantages. All feared the spread of Bolshevism from Russia. The representatives had to create a new order of states and governance on three continents in hopes of preventing another war.”

While many of their discussions can be individually criticized, the delegates were unable to settle underlying issues which began the Great War in 1914. These issues would erupt again by the late 1930s, less than a generation away from the documents cast in 1919.

Daniels is a retired assistant dean, department chair of railroad operations technology, and instructor of railroad history at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC).

He has written several books on railroad history, including “Trains Across the Continent” and “Sioux City Railroads.” His latest book is “The Great Railroad War: United States Railway Operations During World War I” (Garbely Publishing Co.).