Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Category: Exhibits (page 1 of 4)

“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

Smithsonian Exhibits

If anybody happens to be traveling to Washington, D.C., you may wish to check out the World War I exhibits at their museums:

Modern Medicine and the Great War

Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War

Advertising War: Selling Americans on World War I ...read more

Declaration of War

In the current exhibition, Revolutions! 1917, at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, one of the prime artifacts to be seen is the Declaration of War against Germany from 1917.  This is on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration, and one suspects this does not get out of Washington, D.C. very often.  It’s a good opportunity for those of us in this part of the world to see this document. ...read more

Using Virtual Reality to teach the WW1 experience

Recently Blair posted this article about a museum in North Carolina that has constructed a WW1 trench system to help visitors understand what it was like. There are several of these out there: at the museum at West Point, at the First Division Museum in Illinois, at the French museum at Peronne and a man in Surrey even devoted his backyard to one, much to the dismay of his neighbors.  However, these people in the UK have gone one big step farther. Click here. ...read more

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