Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: April 2019

WW1 Museum Ships

There are at least fifteen former naval vessels that saw service during the WW1 era that are currently preserved as museums, in twelve different countries. This number seems surprising since WW1 was not much of a naval war and none of these are U-Boats. Nevertheless, here they are, by order of their year of construction: ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, April 20

This may say it all now that the centennial of the Great War moves towards its end. On C-SPAN, the Civil War and the Second World War continue to find programming, but the First World War recedes back into the anonymity it does not deserve.

In any case, we have a couple of programs this week to announce. All times Central as usual. ...read more

Notre Dame, 1918

C-SPAN2, April 17 – 18

If you were looking for WWI viewing on C-SPAN last week, we were unable to detect any programming. We have one story this week, and times as usual are Central.

Jeremy Brown, “Influenza.” Jeremy Brown of the National Institute of Health talks about the 1918 flu pandemic. Airs at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 17; repeats at 1:15 a.m. Thursday morning, April 18.
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From Vira Whitehouse to Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain VAD

Vera Brittain (1893 – 1970) was born to a middle class family and was unusually well-educated for a woman of her time. In 1915 she left her Oxford studies and joined the Voluntary Aid Detachments (known as the VAD’s), an auxiliary whose members assisted nurses in wartime hospitals.  After postings to England and Malta, she was sent to General Hospital No. 24 in Etaples, France, where she served from August 3rd, 1917 to April 29th, 1918. You can read more about Vera, her brother Edward and her friends here. ...read more

Vira Whitehouse: Activist and Agent

Here’s a link to Edward Lengyel’s blog, in which he tells about Vira Whitehouse (1875 – 1957. An early Feminist, she spearheaded the four-year- campaign in New York that resulted in women getting the right to vote in state elections in November 1917.

In 1918 she was named the head of the Switzerland office of George Creel’s Committee on Public Information, an important post because the only uncensored German language newspapers in Europe were Swiss. She also worked on women’s rights issues with the European activist Rosika Schwimmer (1877-1948), who was the Hungarian ambassador in Bern.  In 1920 Vira published her memoirs of her Swiss experience, titled A Year as a Government Agent. ...read more

Architect shares the latest on the DC Memorial project

The Pershing Park Memorial project’s architect Joseph Weishaar returned to his alma mater recently and gave this interview to the local newspaper.

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