On Sunday, June 28, 2015, The Hanover County Historical Society and Ashland Museum welcomed Dr. Michael Krause to the Ashland Library, where he presented Leaders' Decisions for War in 1914 to 32 attendees. Dr. Krause, a retired Colonel of the US Army, historian, former educator and strategic planning consultant, spoke of the events and principal actors related to the beginning of the First World War.

Through his informative, detailed and forcefully delivered presentation, Dr. Krause suggested that Germany's ultimate confession of war guilt, demanded and obtained by the Allies at Versailles in 1919, was not justified by the evidence.

In his opening remarks, HCHS President Art Taylor pointed out that many Hanover County men went to Europe to fight in this war, and 29 did not return.

Before Dr. Krause's talk, there was a meet-and-greet held at the nearby Ashland Museum, where refreshments were served.
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Right: Betty LaPlace of the Ashland Museum displays the Ashland Bank's Diebold Safe & Lock Company safe, dating to the late 19th century.