October 19th marked the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the massive World War I painting, The Pantheon de la Guerre. This painting that was created in France even before the war ceased, has had a rather unfortunate history. What remains of it in Memory Hall of the National World War I Museum and Memorial is remarkable, but a still a shadow of the original painting.
This Friday and Saturday (September 21 and 22), the Haskell Indian Nations University at Lawrence will honor the legacy of those who served the country. The program will recreate the 1926 dedication of the Haskell Arch and Stadium–the first tribal World War I memorial.
Slipping through almost unnoticed is an exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum, Over There, Over Here: American Print Makers Go to War, 1914-1918. It opened July 28 and runs until February 17, 2019. We’ll rely on text from the Museum’s web site to describe it:
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has scheduled talks and exhibits in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting in World War I. These are scheduled for October through January 2019.
–Modern Weapons in World War I. Dr. Mark Hull of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College will talk on the subject of weapons introduced in World War I. The talk is in Marvin Auditorium 101A at the Library at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 5th.
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.
On its face, this seems implausible. What does George Washington have to do with World War 1? Click here to find out.
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.
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!
March 2017 – March 2018
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.
Opening March 10 at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri:
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.