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Program to discuss beginning of WWI

GRANGEVILLE — The Grangeville Bicentennial Museum will host a program at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Duchess Sophie Chotek in Sarajevo. This double murder sparked WWI.

Another story is generally not told. Individual moral decisions made by the Hapsburg royal family were responsible for dragging the world into the Great War, according to Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood.

The Saturday program “How WWI Really Got Started” will be presented by Whitley. He has presented numerous historical programs on late 19th and early 20th century subjects at the time Idaho Territory was formed into a State.

“The story of the assassin’s bullets in Sarajevo sparking World War I is widely known,” Whitley said. “But the story about who laid the kindling is very seldom told, at least not in polite company.”

The program’s subject matter will be mature, said Whitley. “Personal moral choices often have far reaching effects, well beyond the individual making them.”

The program will look into the shadows of a dysfunctional Hapsburg household, into its numerous taboos, affairs, intrigues and ultimately murders. It was this that set the stage for the Great War.

The 100th anniversary commemoration of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination will be similar to Bicentennial’s well-known Brown Bag Lunch Programs. It will carry through the lunch hour with a break for light refreshments. Donations to the museum are accepted. Contact Pam Northcutt at 983-2104.


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