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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Blair Tarr (page 1 of 29)

C-SPAN3, July 22-23

A little late posting this week, but there appears to be only one WWI program on the C-SPAN networks this weekend.

Legacies of World War I.  This is a panel session that was taped at the National World War I Museum and Memorial back on April 6th, and I believe it has aired before so it should be out on their website.  Airs at 4:12 p.m. Saturday afternoon; repeats early Sunday morning at 2:12 a.m.  As usual, those times are Central. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #18

100 years ago in Kansas, July 25-28, 1917:

July 25, 1917

  • The Atchison Saddlery Co., received an army order for 2,000 harness sets and 8,000 horse collars.

July 28, 1917

  • Gen. Vladimir Roop, Russian, visited Topeka.  A military parade was staged for him.

Called to Serve: A Local WWI Exhibit

I like trying to encourage local historical societies, museums, and libraries to create World War I exhibits, based on the effect the war had on their own community.  I’d be surprised if these organizations do not have items that speak to not just what was happening on the national level, but the state and local levels as well.  Usually they have collections that are very effective in telling how the community did during the war and the effects the war had on the community in the long run. ...read more

The End of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

OK, not quite the end.  There was simply a name change.  On this date in 1917–July 17–the ruling family of England ceased to be the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and became the House of Windsor.

Three years of war, German aircraft capable of reaching England called Gothas, and a strong anti-German sentiment prompted King George V to bring an end to all German titles held by British nobility.  The House of Windsor continues to reign today, with Elizabeth II in the sixty-sixth year on the throne. ...read more

C-SPAN2, July 16

It’s a slow weekend for WWI programing on the C-SPAN networks.  The only show scheduled is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Central, and it’s Jennifer Keene speaking about her book, World War I:  The American Soldier Experience.  Well worth listening to; it has been on before, and can be seen on the C-SPAN website. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #17

100 years ago in Kansas, July 18-20:

July 18, 1917

  • Kansas has one enlisted man for every 143 persons and ranked seventh among the states.

July 20, 1917

  • Allen, Chase, Ford, Douglas, Kearny, Montgomery, Ottawa, Woodson and Wyandotte counties escaped the draft because they exceeded enlistment quotas.
  • Winning With Wheat, a film produced for the Kansas Council of Defense, was being shown at all theaters in the state,  It was a modern version of the Biblical parable of the sower.
  • The Belgian Mission visited Topeka.
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    The Annals of Kansas, #16

    One hundred years ago in Kansas, July 1917:

    July 13, 1917

  • Phil Billard, Topeka aviator, went to San Diego, Calif., to become a civilian instructor for army aviation. See the previous post about Phil Billard:  https://www.kansasww1.org/aviators-philip-billard/
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    C-SPAN3, July 7-9

    This weekend’s WWI viewing on C-SPAN3 gives us a number of repeat shows–which means you should be able to go on their website any time to view them.  But for those who wish to watch in a more traditional way . . . (and all times Central) . . .

    Friday, July 7, 2017– ...read more

    Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture

    This will probably be a surprise to some of you–it is to me–that this is being posted here.  Bob Dylan received, of course, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.  There is an obligation to give a speech before receiving a Nobel, and Dylan obliged.  He named some literary works that held some influence on him, and one is the World War I classic, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. ...read more

    NARA Kansas City Newsletter, July 2017

    The National Archives and Records Administration  branch in Kansas City continues to offer examples of World War I-era material in their collections.

    The July issue has an article and example of the War Risk Insurance Case Files from the Great War.  It can be read by scrolling to the closing pages of the newsletter at the following link (you may find other useful information in the opening pages:)  https://www.archives.gov/files/kansas-city/press/newsletter/2017-july.pdf ...read more

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