A meeting of the Nassau County Historical Society will take place Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in the East Williston Church to discuss Camp Albert L. Mills in World War I.
This year is the Centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI. Camp Mills was a major training base and embarkation point for US Army troops being sent to France.
Built in less than a week in August 1917, Camp Mills became a large story for the New York and Brooklyn newspapers. The soldiers of Camp Mills interacted with the local citizens of the surrounding villages of Hempstead, Mineola, Garden City, and Westbury, as well as New York City.
Jim McKenna, who is a trustee of the Society, Assistant director of Museum Operations at the Cradle of Aviation and former Director of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, will speak at the event.
Guests are welcome to attend, and the program is free of charge. Light refreshments will follow.