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Diane M. T. North

World War I propelled the United States into the twentieth century and served as a powerful catalyst for the making of modern California. Diane M. T. North will discuss the decisive role played by San Francisco and its citizens in the war. She will cover the growth of the military, changes in the economy (especially shipbuilding), volunteer efforts to support the war, the impact of the influenza pandemic, and major threats to civil liberties. This program is co-sponsored by the Presidio Historical Association.

North has taught for the University of Maryland University College for fifteen years. Prior to this position, she taught part time at San Francisco State University. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Davis, where she was a Regents Fellow. She is the author of various publications. In June 2018, the University Press of Kansas will publish her latest book, California at War: The State and the People during World War I.

SFHS monthly programs are free to members. Non-member fee is $10, which may be applied to membership dues within 30 days; $5 for non-member seniors, students, K–12 teachers, and people with disabilities. Programs are normally scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month, except August and December. Programs are subject to change, so please check for updates at sfhistory.org.

Roosevelt Middle School features on-site parking (enter on Palm Avenue) and public transportation nearby.