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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Adrienne Landry (page 1 of 2)

Innovative “Poppy Program” to support National World War I Memorial

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has launched its nationwide “WW1 Poppy Program” to enable groups across the country to support construction of the new National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC, while also raising funds for their own organization. ...read more

KSWW1 Committee: March 8th Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the Kansas WW1 Centennial Commemoration Committee’s meeting on March 8, 2017 are now posted to the website. Our next meeting is scheduled for June 14, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. — location TBA.

If you have any questions, please write to: kansasww1@kshs.org ...read more

PBS Screening of “The Great War” at KU

Premiere: PBS Documentary The Great War
The Minority Experience

Wednesday, April 5, 7:00-8:30 pm | The Commons, Spooner Hall

Join KU for a sneak peek of this PBS documentary’s exploration of race and ethnicity during WWI. The 40-minute film, excerpts from The Great War, a 6-hour PBS series airing April 10-12, documents the minority experience, particularly that of African-American soldiers and Native-American code talkers, whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. The film will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion moderated by Clarence Lang, Professor and Chair, Dept. of African & African-American Studies. Panelists include: ...read more

PBS Screening of “The Great War” in Fort Scott, KS

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into WWI, Fort Scott Community College (FSCC), in Fort Scott, will be presenting a preview screening of the upcoming AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film “The Great War” along with a panel discussion. The topic will be “The War for Democracy: America’s New Foreign Policy”. This will explore how President Woodrow Wilson steered the nation through almost three years of neutrality, only to reluctantly lead America into the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen, thereby transforming the United States into a dominant player on the international stage. Members of the panel will be Pastor James Collins (Fort Scott), retired Army Chaplain; Jan Elder (Baldwin), immigrant to America from England whose grandfather fought in The Great War, and Roger Leaming (Fort Scott), a history faculty member of FSCC. WWI artifacts will be on display. ...read more

National WWI Museum Symposium: Call for Papers

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is organizing a symposium in October. Remembering Muted Voices:  Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today will take place October 19-22, 2017 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, KC, MO. ...read more

#KansasWW1 Meeting Minutes from December

Interested in the work of the Kansas WW1 Centennial Committee? Check out the meeting minutes from our last meeting! Meeting Minutes from the December 7, 2016, committee meeting have been posted to the website. Click here to read them.

Our next meeting is scheduled for March 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the Kansas Historical Society. ...read more

Symposium: The War to End All Wars, 1916-2016 #osuhistorydept #WW1CC

On October 27 & 28, 2016, the Ohio State University Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, hosted a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. The symposium included presentations on:

  • The Military History of World War I, 1914-1918
  • Financing the First World War
  • War, Death, and Remembrance in 1914-1918
  • WWI and the Emerging Laws of War
  • Shell Shock: Core Insights of the Recent Historiography
  • KEYNOTE: The Redefinition of Battle: Verdun and the Somme, 1916

Prior to each presentation, Ohio State students in theatre and the arts departments recited selections of World War I poetry and even shared a period song. Their participation offered a poignant and powerful combination of “cleansing the mental palate” and preparation for diving into an hour-long perspective on various aspects of the war. ...read more

#KU_WWI Twitter Project: Origins & Inspiration

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-4-34-14-pmIn my last post, I wrote about the KU_WWI Twitter Project (“KU_WWI Twitter Project: Commemorating the #FirstWorldWar through Social Media,” September 29, 2016), a social media project led by the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) that tweetenacted the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 100 years after his death. In this post, I wanted to share a little bit more about the project’s origins and the key elements that made this project unique. ...read more

#KU_WWI Twitter Project: Commemorating the #FirstWorldWar through Social Media

On June 28th, 2014, the University of Kansas (KU) Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) and 8 members from the Lawrence community met at the National World War I Museum & Memorial in Kansas City to reenact or rather, “tweetenact,” the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand exactly 100 years after his death. ...read more

Events. The Making of the Middle East during #WWI

During WWI, the Ottoman Empire was divided into what is known today as the Middle East. The borders that were drawn during the turmoil of the war continue to influence the region to this day.

To learn more, join the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration at these two upcoming events:  ...read more

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