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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Blair Tarr (page 1 of 38)

Educator’s Newsletters

We’ve tried to post links to the Educator’s Newsletters issued by the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  Unfortunately, we’ve been inconsistent in what we’ve called these posts.  To make it bit easier, we are simply going to post the link to the archive of these newsletters:   https://www.theworldwar.org/education/archive ...read more

C-SPAN3, April 21-23

Coming up this weekend on C-SPAN3, the following WWI programs are scheduled.  Times given here are Central; we’re not responsible for schedule changes.  Errors in this post is another story; we resent all errors.

Lasting Impressions of World War I.  This program airs four times over the weekend; it’s a joint press conference co-hosted by the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the National Press Club.  First airing is at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, with a repeat at 10:00 p.m. that evening.  Third airing is at 4:01 p.m. Sunday, April 22.  The last airing is in the wee hours of Monday morning, April 23, at 2:01 p.m. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #41

One hundred years ago in Kansas, April 22 – May 4, 1918:

April 22, 1918.

-The War Department authorized a new Kansas National Guard.  Two regiments, the Fourth and Fifth, were organized immediately.

April 30, 1918.

The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me, by William Allen White, was published by the Macmillan Co., New York.  See the previous post:  https://www.kansasww1.org/kansans-of-the-great-war-era-william-allen-white/ ...read more

C-SPAN3, April 8th

It is perhaps a bit early to post C-SPAN programming for next weekend–too much of a chance for schedule changes–but at this point, there is only one WWI program scheduled and it will air twice.

American Artifacts:  World War I Combat Artists will air Sunday, April 8th, at 5:00 p.m. and again at 9:00 p.m. Central.  This was filmed at the National Air & Space Museum and the talk is led by the museum’s chief curator, Peter Jakob.  Their exhibit is entitled, “Artist Soldiers:  Expression in the First World War.” ...read more

WWI Films on Turner Classics in April

There aren’t many, but there are a few:

Noah’s Ark (1929)–Described as “an American playboy’s discovery of honor and courage during World War I parallels the biblical story of the flood.”  Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, among many, many others) and stars Dolores Costello, George O’Brien, and Noah Beery.  Airs at 7:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, April 4th. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #40

100 years ago in Kansas, April 8-18, 1918:

April 8, 1918.

-The Marysville Turnverein, a German society which bought $50,000 in bonds during the first Liberty loan drive, resolved to buy $25,000 more in the third drive.  Mennonite churches in Reno county also voted to buy bonds. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #39

100 years ago in Kansas, March 30 – April 7, 1918.

March 30, 1918.

-Five students at Haskell Institute had died and 457 were ill with a disease called “strepo-grip.”

-The Department of Justice moved to dislodge large stocks of wheat and flour held on farms.  A secret service agent had put 7,000 pounds of flour and over 10,000 bushels of wheat from Pawnee county on the market. ...read more

The Big Parade

I would like to say that this post is about the classic 1925 silent film about World War I.  As the old joke goes, I would really like to say it.  But it’s not.

Let me just say before I possibly dive in to where angels fear to tread, I am trying to avoid politically charged comments.  If the reader feels I’ve failed to do this, the blame falls squarely on my shoulders and no one else. ...read more

C-SPAN3, March 10 – 11

This weekend on C-SPAN 3, we have one program scheduled that will air twice.  Time as usual, is Central.

A book on the Spanish Influenza of 1918 will be reviewed on History Bookshelf:  John Barry, “The Great Influenza.”  First airing is Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ; second airing is early Sunday morning at 1:10 a.m. ...read more

“Eisenhower and the Great War”

At the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.  The closing date has to be coming up–check the Library’s website before going!


Eisenhower and the Great War
March 2017 – March 2018

War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War as it became known shocked the world with its massive scope and the industrial-like slaughter created by advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon. ...read more

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