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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Agatha Christie, V.A.D.

Agatha Christie DBE (1890 – 1976), a/k/a Lady Mallowan by her second marriage, was the author of 66 novels and 14 short story collections, mostly murder mysteries. She also wrote 27 stage plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, has been running in London since November of 1952, a total of well over 27,000 performances and counting. ...read more

C-SPAN3, March 16 – 19

A couple of programs of note this week. All times Central as usual.

Reel America: Uncle Sam Watching the Mexican Border. Airs at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16; repeats at 4:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17; and at 1:00 a.m. Monday, March 18.

U.S. Supreme Court During World War I. Airs at 10:12 p.m. Monday, March 18; repeats at 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. ...read more

Kansans in the Great War: The AEF’s ‘Super Bowl’, March 29th, 1919

This epic contest was played between the 89th Division and the 36th Division. This article from Kansas History describes the event and you will learn that it was somewhat of a Kansas vs. Oklahoma game. Please read the link; I won’t tell you who won.

The Paris Peace Conference

As stated in the previous post, we’re a little behind in promoting the Education Newsletters from the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Here’s the latest from mid-February on the Paris Peace Conference: http://wfly.co/e6R8J

Remembrance and Gold Star Mothers

The National World War I Museum and Memorial periodically issues Education Newsletters on subjects regarding the war. We’re a little behind in posting links to them here; in December they issued one on the subject of Remembrance and Gold Star Mothers.

Here’s the link to that newsletter: http://wfly.co/l2E7Y ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #60

The 60th installment seems like a good place to end the annals, as World War I events became fewer and fewer as 1919 wore on.

It also seems like a good idea to release this now, in case it might help anyone who may be interested in the aftermath of the war. We hope you enjoyed these glimpses of Kansas during the war years. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #59

100 years ago in Kansas, April 1919.

April 1, 1919.

-All draft boards in the state were closed.  Kansas had inducted 42,102 men into the army at a cost of $6.39 per soldier.

April 3, 1919.

-Many towns were building community houses as memorials to soldiers and sailors. ...read more

Butchers and Blunderers

In the years following the First World War, terms like the above title were frequently used to describe the military leadership. To many it still seems such an obvious question: with so many failed offensives with horrendous casualties, why didn’t the man in charge get the sack? Well, some did. Here’s a list. ...read more

Five African-American Bands That Went Over There

369th Band

The role of the famous 369th Infantry ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ band, led by James Reese Europe, has been widely told. If you’re not familiar with the story, you can read about it here or at Blair’s 2017 post on the subject here.

However, the 369th’s band wasn’t the only one playing jazz. The 370th Infantry band, a sister regiment to the Hellfighters, was another. Both of these units began as National Guard formations, the 369th was the 15th New York and the 370th was the 8th Illinois. ...read more

Homecoming of the Harlem Hellfighters

The 369th Infantry Regiment was created in 1915 as an all-African American unit, the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, first nicknamed “The Black Rattlers”. Called up to federal service in July 1917, they trained and performed guard duties in and around New York City until October when they were sent to Camp Wadsworth, SC. to prepare them for service in France. Due the local ‘Jim Crow’ laws, the regiment encountered discrimination and it was decided to send them directly overseas to be trained by the French. They were returned to New York and disembarked in late December, 1917, without ceremony or fanfare. ...read more

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