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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Inauguration on the Eve of War, 1917

In 1917 Inauguration Day was held not on January 20th–that would not change until Franklin Roosevelt’s second term in 1937–but on March 4th.  As it happened, the 4th was on a Sunday that year, and in deference to the Sabbath, the President was often sworn in quietly to preserve the continuity of government.  The next day the President was publicly sworn in, and all festivities associated with the Inauguration took place.

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Memorials to the Missing: Lafayette Escadrille

I’ll be up front with you: this isn’t really about a memorial to the missing, although five of the men commemorated on its walls are, in fact, among the missing. But this is perhaps the most unique US WW1 memorial, and its location in the Paris ‘burbs makes it a high profile one, too. In fact, it’s just a few hundred yards away from the Memorial to the French Resistance of WW2.

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Iowa’s History Alive! Program

Always happy to pass along programs that others are doing for WWI–you never know when you might find a program worth stealing . . . er, emulating.  The State Historical Society of Iowa is conducting programs for students that will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the American entry into the war on April 6th and 7th.  For more information, see the link:

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A new WW1 website – from the US Army

The US Army Center of Military History has opened their WW1 website. Click here.

C-SPAN3, January 21-22

C-SPAN3 continues to show talks this weekend from the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s symposium this past November.  The talks airing this coming weekend have been shown previously.

First up is John Kuehn’s talk, World War I at Sea.  Kuehn is a history professor with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  His talk airs at 12:20 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 21st, and again at 6:05 a.m. CT Sunday morning the 22nd.

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Colonel James C. Hughes: The Full Story

In recognition of the anniversary of World War I, the Kansas Museum of History created a special exhibit about a Topekan who experienced both world wars. Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes has been extended through May 2018.

Hughes’ story is both common and exceptional.  He was born in Topeka in 1888. The timing of his birth, the influence of his military father, and the impact of world politics shaped his life. He began his service as a member of the Kansas National Guard and was sent to the Texas border with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1916.  As a member of the U.S. Army he served from 1917 to 1948 and fought in both world wars. He left many detailed records of his time in service.  He photographed battlefields and towns in Europe, recorded his daily survival as a Japanese Prisoner of War (POW), and saved many belongings from the wars that were later donated to this museum.  In essence, he captured his life.

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The Fight to Stay Out of World War I

Yesterday on KCUR-FM (Kansas City, MO) was the discussion about “The Fight to Stay Out of World War I” on their Up to Date program.  Included in the discussion were Michael Kazin, author of War Against War:  The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918, and Doran Cart, Senior Curator of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

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Dole Institute Programs

Coming to the Dole Institute of Politics on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence in February:

Join us throughout February for the 2017 Presidential Lecture Series, “The U.S. and the Great War: 100 Years Later.” The four-part series will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of U.S. entry into the war. KU professor emeritus Ted Wilson will facilitate the series of four lectures, which will welcome expert speakers covering different facets of the war.

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C-SPAN3, January 14-15

The weekly alert to WWI talks being shown this upcoming weekend on C-SPAN3.  All are talks given at the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s symposium in early November.  All but one has been aired before.

Lee Pollack’s talk on “Winston Churchill’s Military Career” airs again on Saturday morning the 14th at 8:00 a.m. CT, and again at 4:00 a.m. CT on Sunday morning the 15th.

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Native Americans in the Great War – Pvt. Joseph Oklahombi

36th Division shoulder patch WW1 era

Joseph Oklahombi (1985-1960) was a member of the Choctaw Nation and an Oklahoma National Guardsman who served in Company D, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. He is recognized as one of the Choctaw Code Talkers but that story has been covered before. The 1st /141st later became the “Lost Battalion” of WW2, also another story.

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