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Brothers in Flight: Godfrey and John B. Chevalier
Sunday, August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the Medford Public Library and the Medford Historical Society & Museum are offering a series of exhibits and programs on World War I.
In this program, Mark S. Chevalier will present a talk and slide show on his notable Medford ancestors who served with distinction in the Great War.
Godfrey Chevalier, namesake of Chevalier Theatre in Medford Square, may be the best known member of his famed Medford military family. The highly decorated Navy officer commanded the first naval air station in France during World War I, and later became the first American flyer to land a plane on a moving ship, the USS Langley.
But his older brother, John B. Chevalier, also was a Navy aviator and Commanding Officer in World War I. John’s legacy includes a rare collection of original photos from his time serving in France, which have been published in a new book, “John B. Chevalier: WWI Aviator,” by his grandson, Mark Chevalier.
A professional photographer in Virginia, Mark Chevalier will share some of these never seen photos in a talk and slide show on his grandfather’s WWI career and his family’s legacy in aviation history. The photos feature World War I personnel from the U.S. and its Allies, aircraft on the ground and in flight, aerials of war zones, bombing damage, and even some family photos from the Chevaliers’ home in Medford.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Medford Public Library, the Medford Historical Society & Museum, the Friends of Chevalier Auditorium & Gene Mack Gym, and by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by the City of Medford.