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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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German mine-laying along the East Coast

The U.S. Navy became aware that the range of certain U-Boats included the U.S. East Coast in October 1916. You can read about U-53’s unexpected visit to Narragansett Bay here.

Laid down in 1902 the U.S.S. San Diego (ACR-6), originally the U.S.S. California, was one of a class of six vessels intended to be battleships but the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 rendered them obsolescent in that role so they were reclassified as a type of cruiser. You can read more about the San Diego here. ...read more

C-SPAN3, March 23 – 25

Two programs this week from the World War I era. All time are Central.

Reel America: Uncle Sam Watching the Mexican Border – 1916. Airs at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, March 23.

Reel America: We Heard the Bells, The Influenza of 1918. Airs at 9:00 p.m., Saturday evening, March 23. Repeats at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 24, and 1:00 a.m. Monday morning , March 25. ...read more

The ‘Yeomanettes’

During World War 1 nearly 11,000 women who weren’t nurses served in the U.S. Navy in non-combatant roles. You can read about them here.

Agatha Christie, V.A.D.

Agatha Christie DBE (1890 – 1976), a/k/a Lady Mallowan by her second marriage, was the author of 66 novels and 14 short story collections, mostly murder mysteries. She also wrote 27 stage plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, has been running in London since November of 1952, a total of well over 27,000 performances and counting. ...read more

C-SPAN3, March 16 – 19

A couple of programs of note this week. All times Central as usual.

Reel America: Uncle Sam Watching the Mexican Border. Airs at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16; repeats at 4:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17; and at 1:00 a.m. Monday, March 18.

U.S. Supreme Court During World War I. Airs at 10:12 p.m. Monday, March 18; repeats at 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. ...read more

Kansans in the Great War: The AEF’s ‘Super Bowl’, March 29th, 1919

This epic contest was played between the 89th Division and the 36th Division. This article from Kansas History describes the event and you will learn that it was somewhat of a Kansas vs. Oklahoma game. Please read the link; I won’t tell you who won.

The Paris Peace Conference

As stated in the previous post, we’re a little behind in promoting the Education Newsletters from the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Here’s the latest from mid-February on the Paris Peace Conference: http://wfly.co/e6R8J

Remembrance and Gold Star Mothers

The National World War I Museum and Memorial periodically issues Education Newsletters on subjects regarding the war. We’re a little behind in posting links to them here; in December they issued one on the subject of Remembrance and Gold Star Mothers.

Here’s the link to that newsletter: http://wfly.co/l2E7Y ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #60

The 60th installment seems like a good place to end the annals, as World War I events became fewer and fewer as 1919 wore on.

It also seems like a good idea to release this now, in case it might help anyone who may be interested in the aftermath of the war. We hope you enjoyed these glimpses of Kansas during the war years. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #59

100 years ago in Kansas, April 1919.

April 1, 1919.

-All draft boards in the state were closed.  Kansas had inducted 42,102 men into the army at a cost of $6.39 per soldier.

April 3, 1919.

-Many towns were building community houses as memorials to soldiers and sailors. ...read more

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