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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Blair Tarr (page 1 of 31)

1917: America Joins the Fight

The National World War I Museum and Memorial’s annual symposium will be held November 3-4 with the theme, “1917:  America Joins the Fight.”   While the war on the Western Front would change with the American addition, other forces were at work elsewhere–particularly in Russia. ...read more

Remembering Muted Voices

“Remembering Muted Voices,” a symposium on resistance and conscientious objection in WWI, will be held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial October 19 – 22.  Co-sponsored by several organizations, this symposium promises a look at the differing opinions in opposition to the war. ...read more

National Archives Kansas City Newsletter, September 2017

Continuing their efforts to highlight something from World War I in their collections, we forward a link to the newsletter of the National Archives branch in Kansas City.  This month’s feature is on the War Emergency Food Survey.  Click on the link and scroll down:  https://www.archives.gov/files/kansas-city/press/newsletter/2017-september.pdf ...read more

Letters From Baghdad

Beginning tomorrow, the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport, Kansas City, will show the documentary, Letters from Baghdad, which examines the life of Gertrude Bell, and her role in the Middle East during World War I.

From the Tivoli’s  e-blast:  Executive produced and voiced by Academy award winner Tilda Swinton, LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD is the remarkable story of a true original —Gertrude Bell — sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia”. A British spy, explorer and political powerhouse, Bell helped shape the Middle East after WWI. Using never-seen-before century old footage of the region, the documentary chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into the Arabian Desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power offering a unique look at both a complex woman and a tangled history that is eerily current with stunning parallels to today. ...read more

Big Red One Centennial Exhibit

In late August the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan opened an exhibit recognizing the 100th anniversary of the organization of the 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One.

Titled Duty First:  100 Years of the Big Red One, the exhibit runs until January 14, 2018. ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 16

Not much on WWI in the C-SPAN world this week.  One program on Saturday, and that’s it.

It’s a discussion about the relationship between Herbert Hoover and Woodrow Wilson during the Wilson administration.  It airs Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Central.

The Annals of Kansas, #24

100 years ago in Kansas, September 2017:

September 15, 1917

  • A.K. Longren, a pioneer airplane builder and aviator of Kansas, went to Denver to be associated with the Buck Aircraft and Munitions Co.

September 22, 1917

  • Meade county Mennonites, asking exemption, cited Scriptural authority against bearing arms.
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    Dr. William T. Fitzsimons–100 Years Later

    Last Monday was the 100th anniversary of the first American officer to be killed in WWI–Burlington native 1st Lieutenant William T. Fitzsimons.  Steve Fry of the Topeka Capital-Journal wrote about him, and interviewed Jim Heiman, who has authored a book on the WWI monuments and memorials in the Kansas City area. ...read more

    Send a Teacher to the National WWI Museum and Memorial!

    Frankly, I like the phrase, educate a teacher!  But this is the opportunity to nominate yourself or another teacher for a trip to Kansas City for a special visit to the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  It looks like a good opportunity for some lucky teacher!  See the link for more details and to place your nomination! ...read more

    C-SPAN3, August 26-27.

    Some repeat presentations coming up on C-SPAN3 this weekend.  All times Central as usual.  All shows can usually be found on the C-SPAN website after their first showing.

    Home Front 1917-1919.  A sixteen-minute film about the impact of the Great War on the United States.  Airs on Saturday, August 26th at 2:42 p.m.; Sunday morning August 27th at 5:08 a.m. ...read more

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