Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: September 2016 (page 4 of 5)

Home Front: Belgian Relief Flour

Embroidered Flower Sack, from the collections of the Kansas State Historical Society

Embroidered Flour Sack, from the collections of the Kansas State Historical Society

It was one of the greatest relief efforts ever.  In 1914-1915 Belgium, which had been overrun by the German army, was facing mass starvation of its citizens.  What food that was available was largely confiscated by the Germans to feed its army.

In the United States, Americans got behind an effort to bring relief to the Belgians.  The Commission for Relief in Belgium was organized, founded in part by Herbert Hoover.  Kansans in particular responded generously; over 50,000 barrels of flour were donated by November 1914.  Money was also contributed. ...read more

World War I and KU: A Reflection on the 100 year Anniversary

In July 2014, JoJo Palko, University Archives intern, wrote a post on the beginnings of the “war to end all wars”.  On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. That tragic moment put into motion the dominoes that would fall one month later, resulting in a war that would last four years and forever change the course of history. The war would forever change the University of Kansas as well.  This post provides information about the Student Army Training Corps (SATC) and about KU graduate, Dr. William T. Fitzsimmons, the first American army officer killed in World War I. ...read more

Event. Story Time: Enormous Smallness

Back to shilling for the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  This Saturday, September 10th, the Museum will hold one of its reading sessions for children that can involve the whole family.

This week, the focus is on the American poet, e.e. cummings.  This is one of those things the Museum does well, and one of those programs that other organizations, perhaps libraries in particular, can steal some ideas.  One connection to WWI is by taking a look at literary figures that in turn have a connection to the war.  Of late, the Museum has had programs that focus on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. ...read more

Kansans of the Great War Era: Peggy Hull

The first woman war correspondent accredited by the United States War Department, Peggy Hull spent the better part of 31 years reporting on the American soldier.  Born Henrietta Eleanor Goodnough near Bennington, Kansas on December 30, 1889, Peggy grew up in Marysville and later lived in Junction City.  It was at the latter that determined to become a reporter for the Junction City Daily Sentinel.  ...read more

Resource: Kansas Historical Society

After the last few posts it occurred to me that one might think I’m secretly working for the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  While it’s true that I do think highly of that organization, it’s time to come home and remind you of some of the resources available at the Kansas Historical Society. ...read more

Event: 2016 WWI Symposium

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Since 2013 the National World War I Museum and Memorial has held a symposium in the first weekend in November.  This is an excellent way to learn more about the war; I will recommend it for the speakers that they bring in.

2016 Symposium, “1916: Total War,” is on November 4-5, and we’ll make this post now because the early bird registration for it is due October 1, a chance for you to save a little money.  Click here for more info. ...read more

Home Front:”Harmonies on the Homefront”

James Patton’s post, Tipperary Lives On, prompts a reminder of a temporary exhibit at the National World War I Museum and Memorial from a few years ago, and is now an online exhibit.  “Harmonies on the Homefront” was originally shown in Memory Hall at the Museum.  It’s another one of those ideas that might inspire someone at one of the many organizations around the state.  It’s always good to get something of the popular culture of the time in one’s exhibits. ...read more

Event: Sunflower Journeys

Coming on October 6th on Sunflower Journeys, a production of PBS station KTWU in Topeka:

Episode 2903 – Remembering WWI – 100 Years Later (Premieres 10/6/16)

We visit the Kansas State Historical Society and see an exhibit centered on James Clark Hughes, who had a personal collection of materials related to his wartime experiences; then we learn about the artwork of war, where collections of printed illustrations were used to tell the story of WWI to citizens back home; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Doran Cart, the senior curator at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo, and watch him prepare a new exhibit. ...read more

Tipperary Lives On

Traces of WW1 are still with us, besides Middle-Eastern politics, battlefield artifacts or even the ubiquitous Doughboy statues in the courthouse square.

One of these is the song titled It’s a Long Way to Tipperary (later It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary), most often called simply Tipperary, which was written in a Manchester pub by music hall performer Jack Judge (with help from the publican’s son Harry Williams) on January 30th, 1912 and debuted by Judge the following night. ...read more

Home Front: “War Fare: From the Homefront to the Frontlines”

There is nothing like a good pun, such as using the words, “War Fare” to launch a discussion about food.  Of course, some of you are groaning and thinking, “That was nothing like a good pun.”

Still, I wish I thought of it.

For those of you casting about ideas for the centennial of the Great War, one might consider food–important on the home front, important in the front lines. ...read more

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