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Images: Cover, Diary of Philip J. O’Connell, WWI Medical Corps., U.S.A; Marc Laplante at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, France, 2018


The Lawrence History Center Board of Directors proudly present

Because of Marc Laplante, a fourth generation Lawrencian, the story of Lawrence in World War I cannot be forgotten. More than 5,500 men from Lawrence were called to serve in the Great War. Many were immigrants. 200 lost their lives. 36 who died in combat have bridges or buildings or squares named for them. But few Lawrencians today who come across Coyne Park or La Scola Square or the Novello Bridge know anything about the men whose names are on those plaques. Marc Laplante’s Lawrence WW1 Project gives us those young men. By using historic images of both Lawrence and the battlefields, and involving local leaders as narrators who stand at the scene of the markers, Laplante tells each man’s story and connects it to Lawrence -- as it was in 1917, and as it is today so that “the day they died was not the day they were forgotten.”

2019 Eartha Dengler History Award Host Committee


  • David Abdoo, Lawrence City Council

  • Donna Bertolino, Lawrence School Committee, District A 

  • Michael P. Coleman, Former Member, LHC Board of Directors

  • Analuz Garcia, Northern Essex Community College

  • Jaime L. Melendez, Jr., Lawrence Veterans’ Services

  • Michael Morris, Sr., Attorney at Law

  • Brian Sheehy, North Andover High School

  • Daniel Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence 

  • Louise Sandberg, Lawrence Public Library

  • Francisco Ureña, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services

  • Martha Velez, Lawrence Senior Center

  • Wendy Wakeman, Laplante Family Friend

Please join us as a guest and/or event sponsor on Thursday, June 20, 2019!