Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The Battenbergs Change Their Name Too

Two of Queen Victoria’s daughters married German Princes from Hesse, and they settled in England, using the name Battenberg. When King George V changed his dynastic name to Windsor, his cousins followed suit, changing theirs to ‘Mountbatten’ and renouncing all of their Germanic crowns, titles and honors. George V gave the men British titles as compensation for their action. ...read more

C-SPAN3, July 22-23

A little late posting this week, but there appears to be only one WWI program on the C-SPAN networks this weekend.

Legacies of World War I.  This is a panel session that was taped at the National World War I Museum and Memorial back on April 6th, and I believe it has aired before so it should be out on their website.  Airs at 4:12 p.m. Saturday afternoon; repeats early Sunday morning at 2:12 a.m.  As usual, those times are Central. ...read more

Pershing Park Memorial Proposal Criticized Again

At the July 13th meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission, the proposed design for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park was considered and discussed. The design proposal has already been substantially modified and scaled back by previous reviews. You can read more about this in my April 29th post and my June 3rd, post. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #18

100 years ago in Kansas, July 25-28, 1917:

July 25, 1917

  • The Atchison Saddlery Co., received an army order for 2,000 harness sets and 8,000 horse collars.

July 28, 1917

  • Gen. Vladimir Roop, Russian, visited Topeka.  A military parade was staged for him.

Called to Serve: A Local WWI Exhibit

I like trying to encourage local historical societies, museums, and libraries to create World War I exhibits, based on the effect the war had on their own community.  I’d be surprised if these organizations do not have items that speak to not just what was happening on the national level, but the state and local levels as well.  Usually they have collections that are very effective in telling how the community did during the war and the effects the war had on the community in the long run. ...read more

The End of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

OK, not quite the end.  There was simply a name change.  On this date in 1917–July 17–the ruling family of England ceased to be the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and became the House of Windsor.

Three years of war, German aircraft capable of reaching England called Gothas, and a strong anti-German sentiment prompted King George V to bring an end to all German titles held by British nobility.  The House of Windsor continues to reign today, with Elizabeth II in the sixty-sixth year on the throne. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – ‘Plug Street’, and Churchill at War.

Ploegsteert Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing is located near the village of the same name in Belgium, about ten miles south of Ypres (Ieper). In 1914 the Brits quickly renamed the village ‘Plug Street’ and so it remains to them today. ...read more

C-SPAN2, July 16

It’s a slow weekend for WWI programing on the C-SPAN networks.  The only show scheduled is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Central, and it’s Jennifer Keene speaking about her book, World War I:  The American Soldier Experience.  Well worth listening to; it has been on before, and can be seen on the C-SPAN website. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #17

100 years ago in Kansas, July 18-20:

July 18, 1917

  • Kansas has one enlisted man for every 143 persons and ranked seventh among the states.

July 20, 1917

  • Allen, Chase, Ford, Douglas, Kearny, Montgomery, Ottawa, Woodson and Wyandotte counties escaped the draft because they exceeded enlistment quotas.
  • Winning With Wheat, a film produced for the Kansas Council of Defense, was being shown at all theaters in the state,  It was a modern version of the Biblical parable of the sower.
  • The Belgian Mission visited Topeka.
  • ...read more

    Kansas City Mourns the Loss of James B. Nutter

    Nutter was a Kansas City business icon, major philanthropist and a founding member of the US WW1 Centennial Commission. He also made the first donation towards the construction of the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park in DC. Read more here.


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