On Saturday, May 13 at 2 pm, the Wilderstein Historic Site will host a lecture about the American ambulance field service in World War One, by Thomas Fife.
“Alsace Revisited: American Ambulance Field Service Section Three 1915 to 1916” will discuss the beginnings of the American Ambulance Field Service in France and chronicle American Ambulance driver Henry Suckley’s eldest son Henry’s participation with Section Three during its first two years in Alsace and at the Battle of Verdun.
Thomas Fife is a writer, researcher and collector of World War I memorabilia with a focus on the American Ambulance Field Service. He has completed a book on World War I which is awaiting publication and is currently working on a biography about artist Waldo Peirce and his time in the American Ambulance Field Service. Mr. Fife’s research has resulted in contact with 75 of the descendants of the 104 drivers who were friends and colleagues of Henry Suckley.
Tickets are $15 ($10 for Wilderstein members and volunteers). Tea and light refreshments will be served. To register and for additional info, call the Wilderstein Office at (845) 876-4818.
The Wilderstein Historic Site is located at 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck.
Photo: Henry Suckley, of the Wilderstein estate in Rhinebeck, with the American Ambulance Field Service in Europe during World War I.