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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The Annals of Kansas, #58

100 years ago in Kansas, March 1919.

March 9, 1919.

-A poll indicated that Kansas dailies were in favor of a league of nations but were opposed to President Wilson’s plan as submitted to the peace conference.

March 14, 1919.

-McPherson reported 200 cases of influenza. ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, February 24 – 25

Once again, kind of a minimal amount of WWI programming on the C-SPAN networks this weekend. All time Central as usual.


Garrett Peck:  The Great War in America. Airs at 4:00 a.m. Monday morning, February 25th.


Unknown Soldier of World War I. Airs at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning, February 24th.
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Woodrow Wilson’s National Emergency

The first U.S. President to issue an emergency proclamation was Woodrow Wilson. On Feb. 5th, 1917 he said:

“I have found that there exists a national emergency arising from the insufficiency of maritime tonnage to carry the products of the farms, forests, mines and manufacturing industries of the United States, to their consumers abroad and within the United States.” ...read more

A future President remembers Versailles

Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964), who was later to be the 31st President of the United States, was invited to the 1919 Versailles Peace Conference to be an adviser to President Woodrow Wilson. At the time Hoover was the head of the American Relief Administration, providing food and medical assistance to European countries excepting the former Central Powers, since a state of war still existed. Although not a delegate, Hoover was closely involved in the discussions and deliberations. In 1958 he wrote of his experience and you can read about it here . ...read more

Presidential Descendants in World War I

This is one of those topics where I know I don’t have all the answers, but I am curious about how many presidential descendants served in some capacity during the Great War.

We always hear about Theodore Roosevelt’s four sons serving in the war. That is only natural; TR had only been out of office for eight years when the United States entered the war. TR had been quite outspoken in the years leading up to the war. The sons had been a part of the public consciousness of the Roosevelt family for many years. There was the outpouring of grief when the youngest son, Quentin, lost his life when his plane was shot down. ...read more

C-SPAN3, February 16

This will be one of those lean weekends on the C-SPAN networks when it comes to WWI programming. One program, time is Central as usual.

U.S. Supreme Court & Free Speech During World War I. Saturday morning, February 16th, at 10:00 a.m.

Pershing Park Memorial Update

At the February 7th meeting of The National Capitol Planning Commission, preliminary approval was given for the current design for this project. Final approval is expected in about three months. The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission still needs to raise about $20 million towards the estimated cost to build. You can learn more at this link. ...read more

Phonetic Alphabets

US Army Model A telephone

In the Great War, the unprecedented and widespread use of telephones and rudimentary radio telephone transmitters for command and control brought forth the problem of misunderstanding what the person on the other end was trying to yell into his primitive device, especially during the noise and confusion of combat, and thus led to the practice of spelling out words and substituting codes for letters of the alphabet. This continues to the present day, although the code set has changed several times, and the current version was first promulgated in 1956. Here’s the 1914-18 table: ...read more

Non-traditional Medicine in the WW1 Era

You know what I’m talking about. Blair has previously posted about a famous Kansas practitioner of the era here (who didn’t go to war), and I recommend reading the article here.

C-SPAN2 &3, February 9 – 11


Douglas Mastriano:  Thunder in the Argonne. 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning, February 10th.

Garrett Peck:  The Great War in America. 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, February 10th.


WWII Commanders Trained During the First World War. 11:40 a.m. Saturday morning, February 9th. ...read more

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