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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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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

More Doughnuts!

This image from the National World War I Museum and Memorial goes nicely with the previous post:

Image may contain: 1 person, text Hope you had your share of doughnuts today:  National Doughnut Day!

“Doughboys and Doughnut Girls: The Salvation Army in World War I,” June 9

Topeka – Kansas Museum of History – Museum After Hours

Join us for this special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9. The programs complement the Kansas Museum of History’s special exhibit, Captured:  The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and are held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The Museum will be open until 6:30 p.m., admission is half price after 5 p.m. The Museum Store will also be open until 6:30 p.m. ...read more

Today is National Poppy Day

From the American Legion:

“This year, for the first time, we are elevating the commemorations to include National Poppy Day™.

Last fall, the Legion’s National Executive Committee approved a resolution in support of declaring the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day. The American Legion has worked with the American Legion Auxiliary in support of the Poppy Program for many years. With the creation of National Poppy Day, this support can grow – but we need your support. ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, Memorial Day Weekend

Our usual post on WWI programming on the C-SPAN networks, with the usual caveats:  all times Central, check the listings for changes, we can’t be responsible for schedule changes, oversights or errors by the author.  Happy viewing!


-Monday, May 29, 8:30 a.m.  Jennifer Keene talks about her book, World War I:  The American Soldier Experience. ...read more

Goodland and Sherman County

The High Plains Museum at Goodland offered a World War I Cemetery Tour on May 6.  This is an idea that could be copied anywhere.  http://visitgoodland.com/cemetery-tour/

The Museum also has an exhibit of WWI posters, and is planning other events for the centennial. ...read more

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