John Cilio to lecture on Lafayette Escadrille at Keeler Tavern April 15

Historian John Cilio will be presenting a lecture on the contributions of the American flyers of the Lafayette Escadrille during WWI on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center (KTMHC). Admission is free.

Mr. Cilio will present on how some Americans wanted to help France and England confront the Central Powers' assault on democracy, before the American government felt compelled to join the fight. The presentation will focus on the contributions made by the original Lafayette Escadrille, 38 American pilots under the French commander, Captain George Thenault.

The presentation will also include a short video, featuring vintage photographs and period music, highlighting the timeline of WWI, its participants, key battles, tools of destruction, America's formal declaration of war through to the Armistice.

John Cilio is a historian and author of several historical books and articles on a wide range of historical topics, from the history of helicopters to women's work in WWII. He has spoken on a wide range of topics in over 60 countries, aiming to make history relevant, engaging, and enlightening.

This lecture is part of "Ridgefield Remembers WWI," a town-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I in 1918.

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center presents three centuries of the town’s history through the lives of the families that occupied the site starting in 1713. It offers docent-led tours of its period-furnished building February through December (Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1:00–4:00 p.m.) More information may be found at and at, or by calling the office at 203-438-5485. Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is located at 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.