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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Web-based Resources from the US Armed Services

All five of the US Armed Services have got resource sites about WW1, even the Air Force, which didn’t exist until 1947.

Be sure to check out the Army booklets, which are generously illustrated with Signal Corps art work and photographs.

US Army Center for Military History  ...read more

WW1 at Mt. Vernon

On its face, this seems implausible. What does George Washington have to do with World War 1? Click here to find out.

For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI

This is the new special exhibit opening tomorrow at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.  It will be there until November 11.

https://www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/liberty-american-jewish-experience-wwi

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“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
Library

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

“Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I”

Opening March 10 at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri:

Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I

Harry Truman was the only American President to serve in combat in World War I. As the captain of an artillery battery of about 200 men, he took fire from German forces in eastern France during the closing months of the war. This exhibition follows Truman’s personal journey through months of training and combat. The story is told largely in his own words penned in letters to his fiancee Bess Wallace, in diary entries, and in later recollections. ...read more

Gassed is coming to KCMO

John Singer Sargent’s huge (in its frame 9 ft. x 21 ft.) painting Gassed will be at the National World War 1 Museum in Kansas City, MO from February 23rd  to June 3rd, one stop on a North American tour that was made possible by renovation work at the Imperial War Museum in  London. This work is an icon of WW1 art and shouldn’t be missed. You can read more about the visit here and about the painting here. ...read more

“Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic”

Coming to the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City on November 9, 2017 and running through May 13, 2018.

Click here for more information.

 

Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War

This is described as “an exhibit remembering the prophetic insights and personal courage of World War I peace protesters.”  The exhibit was organized and is available for traveling through the Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. ...read more

Big Red One Centennial Exhibit

In late August the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan opened an exhibit recognizing the 100th anniversary of the organization of the 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One.

Titled Duty First:  100 Years of the Big Red One, the exhibit runs until January 14, 2018. ...read more

Found in Kansas City, Kansas

Sitting today in Shawnee Park at 77th St. and Shawnee Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas is an interesting artillery piece with a WW1 background. This howitzer has a curved shield, which means that it was made in France, used by American gunners in 1918, shipped to the U.S. in 1919 and later significantly modified. According to the plaque mounted on the front, it was declared scrap by the Army in 1942 and donated to the city by the Wyandotte County Salvage Committee. ...read more

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