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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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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

Artist Soldiers Exhibit at the Smithsonian

Here’s another sight well worth seeing if you’re visiting our nation’s capital sometime before November 11th, 2018:  a collaborative exhibit by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History that features the work of US Army Signal Corps artists. Recommended highly to me by two WW1 enthusiast friends. Click here to read more. ...read more

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

“Captured” Wins AASLH Award

Captured:  The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, currently on exhibit at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka through Memorial Day weekend 2018, has received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

The award is presented for excellence in history programs, projects and people when compared with similar activities nationwide.  The museum is one of forty-eight recipients from twenty-four states recognized by AASLH for 2017 in its award programs. ...read more

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