Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Blair Tarr (page 1 of 34)

The Annals of Kansas, #30

100 years ago in Kansas, November 29 – December 9, 1917:

November 29, 1917

-Kansas was given 800 federal troops to protect industries.

December 2, 1917

-An army balloon, dragging a 6,000-foot steel cable, broke away in a high wind at Fort Omaha and made a path through Kansas, breaking telegraph and telephone wires.  Damage was reported at Newton, Herington, Fort Riley, Wamego and Council Grove.  The balloon was grounded at Meade. ...read more

C-SPAN3, November 24-28

This looks like the weekend where one can see many of the talks given at the two recent conferences at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.  All times given here are Central, and all programs can be viewed on the C-SPAN website once they air on the networks.  We’re not responsible for schedule changes. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #29

100 years ago in Kansas, November 12 – 25, 1917.

November 12, 1917

  • The 117th Ammunition Train, also known as the Kansas Ammunition Train, arrived in France.
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    Shawnee County, Kansas in WWI

    Click here for a good resource of local history, a website that reviews who served in World War I from Shawnee County, Kansas.

    If there are any other counties in Kansas that have similar websites, please let us know.

    Turner Classic WWI Movies for November

    Turner Classic Movies is serving up five World War I-themed movies during the month of November.

    First up on November 8th is The Shopworn Angel (1938), a story about a showgirl who gives up life in the fast lane for a young soldier on his way to fight in the Great War.  Stars Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, and Walter Pidgeon.  Airs at 12:45 p.m. Central. ...read more

    C-SPAN3, November 4

    There is just one WWI program on C-SPAN3 this weekend, but it’s big–three and a half hour live coverage of the “1917: America Joins the Fight” symposium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.  Coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. Central.  Speakers should include David Stephenson, Jennifer Keene, and Michael Neiberg. ...read more

    The Annals of Kansas, #28

    100 years ago in Kansas, November 5 – 10, 1917.

    November 5, 1917

    • A sugar shortage caused Topeka bakeries to quit making pies, cakes and cookies.

    November 7, 1917

  • Camp Funston had 30 cases of spinal meningitis, with six deaths.
  • Junction City’s waterworks capacity was doubled.  The town had been included in the sanitary zone surrounding Fort Riley.
  • Mother – daughter canning clubs had put up 424,000 quarts of fruit and vegetables; 128 clubs in the state had 8,094 members.
  • Kansas joined the national movement for meatless Tuesdays and wheatless Wednesdays.
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    The S.S. Kansan and Baseball’s Loss

    Given that it’s almost November and it’s finally World Series time (for the devoted baseball fan, consider Bill Mazeroski’s home run gave the 1960 World Championship to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 7, played October 13th), here’s a baseball story that came to my attention recently. ...read more

    C-SPAN3, October 29-30

    We haven’t posted much about WWI viewing on the C-SPAN networks recently, and for good reason:  they haven’t been showing any WWI programming.  That is likely to change in the next few weeks, as keynotes and some sessions at the “Remember Muted Voices” symposium were taped, and I suspect the conference at the WWI Museum next weekend will have sessions taped as well. ...read more

    Summing Up “Remembering Muted Voices”

    Here are a few articles that take a look at the symposium, “Remembering Muted Voices:  Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I Through Today” that was held in Kansas City this past weekend.  This is a subject not always covered in discussions about World War I but no less important.  The sponsors of the program are to be congratulated, and once again the National World War I Museum and Memorial has hosted a program that one might call a less than traditional conference that some museums might shy away from.  250 people were in attendance. ...read more

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