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The Marist College Archives & Special Collections is proud to present a new online exhibit: Journey to the Land of Our Past with the Lowell Thomas Travelogues. http://library.marist.edu/archives/lttravelogues The multimedia interactive exhibit presents the rare documents, photographs, film, and audio from the Lowell Thomas Papers. The stunning images from the collection are matched to Thomas's original 1919 travelogue script to reenact the famous performance of "With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia." Visitors also learn about the 1917-1918 Palestine Campaign and the experiences of Frances Ryan Thomas serving with the Red Cross on the Italian Front. Lowell Thomas was an up and coming American journalist and lecturer when America entered the First World War in 1917. Thomas traveled to Europe with his wife, Frances Ryan Thomas, and innovative cameraman Harry Chase to seek the scoop of a lifetime. Thomas soon found the bloody war of attrition in Europe unappealing to his prospective audiences, but when he heard of General Edmund Allenby's campaign in Palestine he jumped at the opportunity and left for Jerusalem. There he met the young British archaeologist-turned-army officer T. E. Lawrence in early 1918 and followed him to his desert camp. Thomas and Chase took almost a thousand still images and innovative aerial film footage of soldiers, locals, and landmarks like the Pyramids of Giza and Petra. Thomas's travelogue became an immediate success in New York at the Century Theater and Madison Square Garden. A British promoter soon brought him to London to perform at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden where he lectured to Queen Mary, David Lloyd George, Georges Clemenceau and many other notables. The London performances drew a total audience of about 1 million from all over the British Empire. After another decade of traveling, lecturing, and writing, Thomas settled down in Pawling, New York as a radio news broadcaster for both NBC and CBS. His daily regular show, "Lowell Thomas and the News," lasted for almost five decades before going off the air in 1976. The 36,000 images from the Lowell Thomas Papers were digitized in 2011 with a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission. All of the images can be found online at http://library.marist.edu/archives/LTP/LTP.xml -- Posted by: "Gregory P. Wiedeman" <Gregory.Wiedeman1@marist.edu> --