Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Remaking of a Nation

On February 27 and February 28, 1918 the film entitled “Remaking of a Nation” was shown at the Schade Theater in downtown Sandusky. The movie was six reels long, and featured army life at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio. The film followed the daily lives of enlisted men from the moment they arrived at camp and followed them throughout their military training.

The theater was crowded at its afternoon and evening showings. School children were admitted to a morning showing of the movie for the price of ten cents a ticket. Boxing champion Johnny Kilbane was at the theater during both days that the film was shown. Money raised through the sale of tickets to “Remaking of a Nation” was used for the needs of World War I soldiers serving in the 83rd Division. You can read about the showing of the “Remaking of a Nation” in downtown Sandusky in the February 27, 1918 issue of the Sandusky Register, available of microfilm in the Sandusky Library Archives Center.

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