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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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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

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

Library of Congress Webinars Start Soon

The Library of Congress has announced an on-line webinar series to acquaint participants with the library’s extensive WW1 collections. The FREE series starts on August 22nd. Registration is necessary. You can learn more about it here.

Centennial of the Rainbow Division

One hundred years ago on August 12th the 42nd ‘Rainbow’ Division was formed at Camp Mills, near Garden City, NY. You can read more about the Rainbow Division and its Kansas connection here.

Heavily involved in WW2, the 42nd saw no combat service between 1947 and 2001. Today it is made up of National Guardsmen from New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. ...read more

Music of World War I with the Kaw Valley Cornet Band

Music of World War I

The Kaw Valley Cornet Band shares a variety of tunes that reflect the values, beliefs, and attitudes during World War I. Music that spoke of a speedy victory at the start of the war changed to reflections on separation and sadness by its end. Music from the Allied nations reminds us this truly was a world war. ...read more

General Pershing Comes to the Dole Institute

Wednesday, July 12 – 7 p.m.

Explore the life and times of General John J. Pershing, a Missouri native and commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I. Join the Institute to commemorate 100 years since the U.S. entry into the war and examine one of our nation’s most decorated military leaders, portrayed here by historical interpreter David Shuey.

This program is part of the Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI) and is free and open to the public.

The Dole Institute of Politics is on the campus of the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Centennial of the Big Red One

That’s today! The US 1st Infantry Division, ‘The Big Red One’, which is currently based at Ft. Riley, was organized on June 8th, 1917 at Ft. Jay, Governor’s Island, NY. The infantry components, all regulars, were the 16th, 18th, 26th and 28th Regiments. The 16th and the 28th were pulled from Mexican border service and the 26th came from the Philippines. ...read more

Wonder Woman the Movie and Kansas?

This is one of those borderline posts that may leave you shaking your head wondering, why did he post this?  Well, it’s a good question without a good answer.  Perhaps it’s because it gives me the chance to make a bad joke about how with this movie, you can now get the “reel” history of World War I. ...read more

Post-Memorial Day Thoughts

Yes, it’s four days after the Day itself, but any day can be a day of remembrance.

I have taken to spending at least part of the Day at the National World War I Museum and Memorial–probably no surprise to those who have read this blog faithfully (and we do hope there are at least a few of you out there.) It really is an excellent place to spend Memorial Day, with a ceremony in the morning, and another in the afternoon to dedicate the memorial bricks that have been added since Veterans’ Day last year. ...read more

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