Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

“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

Pershing Park Memorial Inscriptions Announced

In August, 2017 I posted that the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission was seeking ideas for suitable inscriptions on the reverse side of the proposed memorial in Pershing Park. You can read that article by clicking here.

U.S.M.C. officers. Williams is on the right.

My personal favorite quote is “Retreat? Hell, we just got here.” – Capt. Lloyd Williams, 51st Co. 5th Marines, on June 2nd 1918 at Belleau Wood. Nine days later Williams was killed in the same action. You can read all about Capt. Williams here. ...read more

138th Infantry Homecoming

The 138th Infantry ’St. Louis’s Own’ (Missouri National Guard) paraded in its home city on May 9th 1919. You can read about this here.

The Sgt. York Site Controversy Continues

In my post of October 12th last I covered the story of Sgt. Alvin York. You can read the article here.

The controversy about the actual site where York engaged the Germans is between a group called ‘The Sgt. York Discovery Expedition’, which was led by newly-elected Pennsylvania State Senator and U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) Douglas Mastriano, and ‘The Sgt. York Project’ led by Thomas Nolan Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University. ...read more

C-SPAN3, June 8th

After a few weeks of no WWI programming, C-SPAN3 comes back with a couple of programs this Saturday afternoon. All times are Central.

World War I U.S. Railroad Operations. A recent talk given at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Airs at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, June 8th. ...read more

WWI on Turner Classics for June; Note about WWI on C-SPAN

There are a few movies this month on Turner Classics with a World War I theme, which is no small trick in this month when we observe the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing and the number of World War II movies that are being shown. All times below are Central. ...read more

$27 million raised and 75% approved

That’s the latest news on the national WW1 memorial project at Pershing Park.

On May 16th the U.S. Fine Arts Commission signed off on more of the interpretive design details – the walkways, lighting and sculpture wall are now approved. Architect Joseph Weishaar estimates that the design is now ‘about 75%’ approved. ...read more

KU relocates its “Victory Eagle”

Since 1982 Douglas County’s “Victory Eagle” has stood outside the main entrance to Dyche Hall on the KU Campus in Lawrence. Recently it was moved to a new location on Memorial Drive. You can read all about the “Victory Eagles” in Blair’s September 30th, 2016 post here, and you can read about the relocation and dedication here. ...read more

Tony Wilding, the First Tennis Superstar

Wilding in an RNAS armored car towing a 47 mm gun

Capt. Anthony F.  “Tony” Wilding (1883-1915) was a New Zealander who was the greatest tennis player of his generation – over a hundred years later he still holds a number of singles records including the most titles won in one season (23 in 1906). He was a 1905 Cambridge graduate and motivated by a strong sense of duty (with the assistance of the First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill), in October, 1914 he was commissioned as a Royal Marine artillery officer. He was briefly seconded to the newly-formed Intelligence Corps, then he joined the Duke of Westminster’s Royal Naval Air Service Armored Car Detachment. On May 9th, 1915, while assisting artillery, he was killed by accurate German counter battery fire at Aubers Ridge in Artois, France. ...read more

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