Film & Discussion: The American In Paris

August 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Anthony Easton’s film The American in Paris brings to the screen for the first time the story of American volunteers in France during the First World War. Centered on the American Hospital of Paris, the film shows how thousands of doctors, nurses, and ambulance drivers stepped up to help France, and, in doing so, strengthened the historic ties between two nations.
The American Hospital in Paris began as a 24-bed facility for the expatriate community of Paris in 1910 and was a 600-bed military hospital by August of 1914. This grew to more than 2000 beds, with the addition of field hospitals and other care facilities. Setting up the military hospital and keeping it running was financed entirely by private contributions from Americans in France and at home. This unprecedented philanthropic effort drew enthusiastic support from Gilded Age millionaires as well as small-town civic clubs.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with American Hospital of Paris board of governors vice-chairman John Crawford.
Length: 58 minutes.
Free admission