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Commemoration of the Centenary of the Bel-Air City

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Boulazac-Isle-Manoire commemorates the Centenary of the Bel-Air City

Context

Centenary of the Bel-Air City in Boulazac - main access road

Main access road

Located in the district of Boulazac-Isle-Manoire, the Bel-Air City will celebrate, in 2017, the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the base and hospital of the American Army, which truly was the beginning of its development.

This base, established toward the end of 1917, left in an irreversible manner not only a mark in the history and the geography of that part of the city but also its layout and its culture.

With «Guinguette de Barnabé», expected to reopen in the 2017 summer, the Cité Bel Air Quarter is a place of memories closely held by the Boulazac City as well as the surrounding communities.

The Goals

1. The commemoration of the centenary of the American Army hospital base on site in the Cité Bel Air Quarter.
2. To preserve the memory and to inscribe it durably in the history of the city of Boulazac.
3. Last but not least the objective is to strengthen the bonds of friendship with the American people.

The public

The public consists of all the inhabitants of the commune of Boulazac; and those of the surrounding communes which were impacted by the presence of the camp and the United States Army in 1917.

Sponsor of the proposal

Centenary of the Bel-Air City in Boulazac

Bel-Air City

Starting in 2013, the «Amis de Barnabé» / “Friends of Barnabé” association, which consists of about one hundred families, has the goal of bringing together the residents of the Cité Bel Air Quarter for the purpose of sharing, exchanging, promoting friendship and entertaining the Quarter.

For two years now, with the prospect of the 100-year mark, with the cooperation of the Boulazac-Isle- Manoire City and the assistance of a journalist and newspaper editor, the Amis de Barnabé association is undertaking collection and processing of the memories of the neighborhood.

Today, the Amis de Barnabé association wishes to prolong the memory organizing a commemorative and festive week for the centenary of the American Army base and hospital.

Main site

Cité Bel Air Quarter
Reserved Sites: Maison des associations and surroundings; Guinguette de Barnabé.

 Dates

From Tuesday June 20th through Friday June 23rd 2017
With the exception of the exhibitions - History, wars and medicine & History and evolution of the Bel-Air City district - at the Maison des associations which will continue through Sunday June 25th.

Proposed program - Exhibits

From Tuesday June 20 to Sunday 25 June –10 am to 8 pm non-stop - At the « Maison of the Associations »

HISTORY WAR AND MEDECINE
Exhibits presented by the Périgueux Military Museum and the Hautefort
Medicine the reconstitution of an American Army base hospital operating room and bunk room during the Great War.

From Tuesday June 20 to Sunday 25 June –10 am to 8 pm non-stop - At the « Maison of the Associations »

HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE CITE BEL AIR QUARTER BETWEEN 1917 AND 2017

1 - Installation of the Army base and American Hospital (1917-1919)
2 - Departure of the Americans and between the two wars (1920-1940)
3 - Post-war and reconstruction (1945-1975)
4 - Revitalisation and necessities for preservation of the memory and identity of the Bel Air City
The exhibit may later be transferred later to the entrance hall Boulazac-Isle-Manoire City Hall

The exhibits may be implemented by means of instructive panels featuring texts and pictures collected from the Department Archives of the Defense Ministry, eventually from the USA, but also from documents submitted for the occasion by the residents.

A substantive research task with archives services and with residents is to be undertaken

From Tuesday June 20th through Sunday June 25 Guinguette de Barnabé -10 am to 8 pm non-stop

RECONSTITUTION OF AN AMERICAN BASE
With the assistance of the MVCG Dordogne Association (30 members) that owns a variety of vehicles- Jeep MB and Hotchkiss GMC; Dodge 6x6; Dodge 4x4; Dodge WC54, Traction Citroën; U23; Mercedes; BSA and Harley WLA motorbikes, Dingo

The association also owns a large amount of equipment making possible an accurate reconstitution of a WWII United States military base

N.B. From Tuesday June 20th through Sunday 25 June - Guided tours will be offered to organizations such as schools or associations (such as “Club Sourire”) with comments by specialized contributors from the Périgueux Military Museum.

Proposed program - Events

TUESDAY 20 JUNE

ALL DAY LONG, FROM 10:00 THROUGH 20:00, VISITS OF THE EXHIBITS AND DISCOVERY OF THE ANIMATIONS AT THE MAISON DES ASSOCIATIONS

N.B. Guided tours will be offered to organizations such as schools or associations (such as “Club Sourire” or ALSH) with comments by specialized contributors from the Périgueux Military Museum.

At 18:00 – Maison des Associations

EXHIBIT OPENING
■ HISTORY, WAR AND MEDECINE
■ HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE CITE BEL AIR BETWEEN 1917 AND 2017 ■ INAUGURATION OF THE RECONSTITUTION OF AN AMERICAN BASE

At 20:00 – Guinguette de Barnabé

PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK « LA CITE BEL AIR, UNE HISTOIRE » par Pascal Serre
Will be present: Gérard Fayolle, President of the Historical and Archaeological Society of Périgueux and Annie Delpérier, President of the Académie des Lettres et des Arts of the Périgord.

At 20:15 – Guinguette de Barnabé

COCKTAIL PARTY
In partnership la Guinguette de Barnabé.

At 21h00 – Guinguette de Barnabé

CONFERENCE : AMERICANS AND FRANCE
François Cochet, historian and adviser to the Defense Department for the “Paths of the Memory” plan, also author of « Les Américains et la France : engagements et représentations » (Commitments and positions).

WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE

ALL DAY LONG, FROM 10 :00 THROUGH 20 :00, VISITS OF THE EXHIBITS AND DISCOVERY OF THE ANIMATIONS AT THE MAISON DES ASSOCIATIONS

N.B. Guided tours will be offered to organizations such as schools or associations (such as “Club Sourire”) with comments by specialized contributors from the Périgueux Military Museum.

THURSDAY 22 JUNE

ALL DAY LONG, FROM 10 :00 THROUGH 20 :00, VISITS OF THE EXHIBITS AND DISCOVERY OF THE ANIMATIONS AT THE MAISON DES ASSOCIATIONS

N.B. Guided tours will be offered to organizations such as schools or associations (such as “Club Sourire”) with comments by specialized contributors from the Périgueux Military Museum.

At 18:00 – Guinguette de Barnabé

ARRIVAL OF THE AMERICANS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITE BEL AIR CITY FROM 1917 - 1940
Conference by Michel COMBET, Maître de conférence en Histoire moderne and Pascal Serre

After which a cocktail will be offered in partnership with la Guinguette de Barnabé

At 20:30 - At La Guinguette de Barnabé

Open air cinema with the CinéPassion Association
THE MOVIE IS « CEASEFIRE » » DE EMMANUEL COURCOL (2016)

At 20:30 Conference : « One can cure but one is transformed for life »

Speakers: Gilles Tourinel and Eric Mèle, psychiatrists at the l’hôpital d’instruction des armées Robert-Picqué in Bordeaux.

At 22:00 - Showing of movie : « Ceasefire»

23:30 – End of séance et présentation

FRIDAY 23 JUNE

ALL DAY LONG, FROM 10 : 00 THROUGH 20 : 00, VISITS OF THE EXHIBITS AND DISCOVERY OF THE ANIMATIONS AT THE MAISON DES ASSOCIATIONS

N.B. Guided tours will be offered to organizations such as schools or associations (such as “Club Sourire”) with comments by specialized contributors from the Périgueux Military Museum

At 12:30 – At the Maison des Associations

Welcome for the descendants (a couple) of an American veteran who stayed at the Bel-Air City in 1917 Birthday of the centenarian of the Bel-Air quarter, born in 1917.

At 13:00 – APERITIF

At 18:30 – At the Maison des Associations

Formal inauguration of a place dedicated to the memory of the Americans by the Mayor of Boulazac-Isle-Manoire, President of Greater Périgueux, and the American Consul in Bordeaux.

The American Memorial may be in the form of informative tutorial plaque designed to honor and locate the presence of the American soldiers in Bel-Air City, in 1917.
This might be the starting point of a Memory Path.

A 20:00 – At the Guinguette de Barnabé

SOIREE DE GALA – Guinguette de Barnabé
Reception and closing “Gala”dinner, presided by the U.S Consul at Bordeaux and the Mayor of Boulazac-Isle-Manoire, in partnership with la Guinguette de Barnabé.
Live music and entertainment by the “Grand Ordinaire” band. (maximum 250 participants)

SATURDAY 24 JUNE

ALL DAY LONG, FROM 10 :00 THROUGH 20 :00, VISITS OF THE EXHIBITS AND DISCOVERY OF THE ANIMATIONS AT THE MAISON DES ASSOCIATIONS

N.B. Guided tours will be offered to organizations such as schools or associations (such as “Club Sourire”) with comments by specialized contributors from the Périgueux Military Museum

At 11:00 – Chapelle de la Cité Bel Air.

Mass with the authority of the Périgueux & Sarlat - In the chapel built by the Americans in 1917

SUNDAY 25 JUNE

ALL DAY LONG, FROM 10:00 THROUGH 20:00, VISITS OF THE EXHIBITS AND DISCOVERY OF THE ANIMATIONS AT THE MAISON DES ASSOCIATIONS

N.B. Guided tours will be offered to organizations such as schools or associations (such as “Club Sourire”) with comments by specialized contributors from the Périgueux Military Museum

This project falls within the objectives of the French and American missions which identify and would give a certification label for the commemorative events organized on the occasion of the centenary of the Great War.

For the year 1917, there would be only the project of the Friends of Barnabé that would fit the criteria for the department of the Dordogne.

An undertaking for a certification via the Mission Centenaire 14-18 has been filed.

An undertaking for a certification via the World War 1 Centennial Commission Act has been filed.

Conclusion

This preliminary plan is the starting point from which the Amis de Barnabé Association intends to pursue this plan in order to complete its specific implementation.
A working committee has been set up for the purpose, with monthly meetings at present.

Tentative Budget

The tentative budget is appended to this document

Francis DESAGE
Président

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