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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Economic Warfare

Blockades, embargoes and sanctions. Although these tactics are many centuries old, historians say that the first effective blockade was imposed on France by the Royal Navy under Admiral Edward Hawke (1705-1781) during the Seven Year’s War (1754-1763), which Americans know as The French and Indian War. ...read more

Teaching WW1 to high school students

Yesterday the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission ran this story about a Virginia high school’s approach. You can read the article here.

The Inter-Allied Games of 1919

One hundred years ago today this major sports event in Paris concluded, having started on June 22nd. Organized by the Y.M.C.A. and supported by Gen. John Pershing, participants from 14 allied nations competed in a sports complex built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in only three months. You can read the whole story here. ...read more

American Philanthropy and World War 1

The National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas City has just opened this on-line exhibit. You can access it here.

WW1 Home Movies

Home movies began in 1923 when Eastman Kodak offered the 16 mm film. One could buy a kit of a camera, projector, tripod, screen and splicer for $335 (about $5,000 in today’s money). This Youtube clip was prepared by The National Archives from 16 mm movies sold for home use by The Empire Safety Film Co. The 16 mm film was called ‘safety film’ because it was made from cellulose diacetate rather than the highly flammable cellulose nitrate used in the theater product. ...read more

Sinking of the German Fleet – and you can own a piece of it

Scapa Flow June 1919

After the Armistice, the German High Seas Fleet was assembled under British control at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands pending disposition of the ships as war prizes. One hundred years ago today, by secret order from the ranking German officer on the scene, Konteradmiral Ludwig von Reuter (1869-1943), seventy-four of them were scuttled. Read the full story here. ...read more

WWI Museum Educators’ Newsletters

We have tried to alert our faithful readers about the Educators’ Newsletters put out by the National World War I Museum and Memorial on a regular basis. We need to catch up; here are the two most recent issues:

Issue 18: Reconstruction and American Philanthropy

See the link: http://wfly.co/u2W6V

Issue 19: Medal of Honor Recipients and Genealogy

See the link: http://wfly.co/Fn3g1 ...read more

WW1 and the Morgan Silver Dollar

Back in the 1950’s I was interested in coin collecting. In those oh-so bygone days before President Lyndon Johnson’s administration all U.S. coins of value higher than the nickel were made of .90 fine silver.  As a kid, the only coins that I could afford to collect were dimes, but I remember others lamenting about the shortage of dollar coins. At the time I didn’t know that this shortage was yet another result of World War One. ...read more

“Answering the Call: A World War I Exhibit”

Better late than never to report this. The Lyon County Historical Society in Emporia has had a World War I exhibit since last November, and it’s scheduled to close this summer.

For more information, see the article: http://www.emporiagazette.com/area_news/article_479597c8-a0d1-55c9-b5ef-899e15361d47.html ...read more

C-SPAN3, June 16th

Two WWI Programs on C-SPAN3 early Sunday morning, and it’s a repeat of last week. As usual, times are Central.

World War I U.S. Railroad Operations. Airs early Sunday morning June 16th at 3:25 a.m.

History Bookshelf: Ann Hagedorn, “Savage Peace.” Airs at 6:15 a.m Sunday morning, June 16th. ...read more

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