Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: September 2019

The Big Red One Comes Home

One hundred years ago (plus a few days) the 1st Infantry Division disembarked in New York, the last of the American Expeditionary Force’s fighting units to return. You can read more about the Big Red One by clicking here or here.

The 1st Division were literally the first infantry to arrive in France in June of 1917 and the last ones to leave. However, the 28,000 or so men that returned home was a substantially different group – the 1st had lost 6,020 dead or missing and 17,201 had been wounded. ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 28 – 30

This weekend C-SPAN3 repeats WWI programming from last week, with two additions. All times as usual are Central.

Reel America “Motor Convoy” 1919 Silent Film. Airs at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 28.

The Presidency Herbert Hoover’s World War I Relief Work. Airs at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 28. ...read more

CFA finally approves the National WW1 Memorial design

On September 9th the District of Columbia Commission for Fine Arts signed off on the Pershing Park project. The next step is to get approval from the National Capitol Planning Commission. It is still hoped that the project can be completed by November 11th, 2020. If you’re interested in reading through the final version of the design click here. ...read more

Annual National World War I Museum and Memorial Symposium

It’s coming close to the time for the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s annual symposium! Scheduled for November 1-2, it promises to be another excellent program. This year’s topic: 1919: Peace?

For more information, use this link: https://www.theworldwar.org/learn/2019-symposium ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 21-23

After an absence of a few weeks, we have some programs from the World War I era appearing on C-SPAN3 this weekend. As usual, all times shown here are Central.

Reel America: “Motor Convoy” 1919 Silent Army Film. The post-war cross-country convoy which included Lt. Colonel Dwight Eisenhower, the trip that inspired the creation of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. Airs Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 p.m. Repeats Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m., and Monday, September 23 at 1:00 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. ...read more

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred were cartoon characters in a wildly successful comic strip of the same name that ran in the British tabloid The Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1940 and again from 1947 to 1955. Originally the work of story writer Bertram J. Lamb (1887-1938) and illustrator Austin B. Payne (1876-1959), this imaginative work featured the dog Pip, the South African penguin Squeak and the juvenile long-eared rabbit Wilfred. ...read more

Til the Boys Come Home

This was the last line of the chorus of the 1914 British hit song  Keep the Home Fires Burning, with the music  written by Welsh-born Ivor Novello (1893 – 1951) and the tear-jerking lyrics by American Lena Guilbert Ford (1870 – 1918).  World War 1 connections:  In 1916 Novello joined the Royal Naval Air Service, where he washed out of pilot training after crashing two aircraft, and during the night of March 7th, 1918, Mrs. Ford and her son Walter were the first American civilians to be killed in a German air raid. ...read more

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