As a member of the American Red Cross in France during World War I, Massachusetts-born Margaret Hall worked at a canteen at a railroad junction in the town of Châlons. On her return home she compiled a typescript narrative from the letters and diary passages that she wrote while overseas. Her words offer a first-hand account of life on the Western Front in the last months of the war. She also copiously illustrated the text with her own photographs, which depict soldiers, canteens, and the extensive destruction and ruin following the war.
This website allows users to browse and search all 246 photographs taken by Margaret Hall and 29 additional illustrative items from her volume, part of the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS). Her typescript narrative (Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country, 1918-1919) was the source document for a new MHS publication, Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall.
Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War
To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized this exhibition, 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015, focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations. More...
Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall
This new MHS publication presents the memoir of Margaret Hall, a member of the American Red Cross in France during World War I. More...