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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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American War Poet Alan Seeger

It’s been 101 years and three days since the death of Alan Seeger (1888-1916); for those of us who remember the 1960’s, he was the uncle of the very popular folk singer, composer, musicologist  and Vietnam War protester Pete Seeger (who died in 2014 at age 94). Additionally, Alan’s brother Charles (Pete’s father) was also a musicologist and also prominently anti-war – in 1916 he was sacked by the University of California at Berkeley for his outspokenness. How times have changed. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #16

One hundred years ago in Kansas, July 1917:

July 13, 1917

  • Phil Billard, Topeka aviator, went to San Diego, Calif., to become a civilian instructor for army aviation. See the previous post about Phil Billard:  https://www.kansasww1.org/aviators-philip-billard/
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    C-SPAN3, July 7-9

    This weekend’s WWI viewing on C-SPAN3 gives us a number of repeat shows–which means you should be able to go on their website any time to view them.  But for those who wish to watch in a more traditional way . . . (and all times Central) . . .

    Friday, July 7, 2017– ...read more

    Lafayette We Are Here

    July 4th, 1917, one hundred years ago today.

    Gen. John Pershing had arrived in France on June 13th and the advance units of his force had disembarked on June 27th. So, on the fourth it seemed appropriate for a parade, so members of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Division marched through the streets of Paris, greeted by cheering throngs. ...read more

    Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture

    This will probably be a surprise to some of you–it is to me–that this is being posted here.  Bob Dylan received, of course, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.  There is an obligation to give a speech before receiving a Nobel, and Dylan obliged.  He named some literary works that held some influence on him, and one is the World War I classic, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. ...read more

    NARA Kansas City Newsletter, July 2017

    The National Archives and Records Administration  branch in Kansas City continues to offer examples of World War I-era material in their collections.

    The July issue has an article and example of the War Risk Insurance Case Files from the Great War.  It can be read by scrolling to the closing pages of the newsletter at the following link (you may find other useful information in the opening pages:)  https://www.archives.gov/files/kansas-city/press/newsletter/2017-july.pdf ...read more

    Memorials to the Missing: Newfoundland Memorial Park

    On the 101st anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme it seems appropriate to visit one of its most famous sites. Plus today is also Canada Day.

    The Memorial to the Missing at Beaumont-Hamel in France is not maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). It’s situated in the Newfoundland Memorial Park which is administered by the Canadian Department of Veteran’s Affairs, just like the Vimy Memorial.  However, within the site there are four CWGC cemeteries. ...read more

    Music of World War I with the Kaw Valley Cornet Band

    Music of World War I

    The Kaw Valley Cornet Band shares a variety of tunes that reflect the values, beliefs, and attitudes during World War I. Music that spoke of a speedy victory at the start of the war changed to reflections on separation and sadness by its end. Music from the Allied nations reminds us this truly was a world war. ...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

    C-SPAN2 & 3, Fourth of July Weekend

    Quite a bit on WWI on C-SPAN3 this weekend, with one show on C-SPAN2.  All shows are available on the C-SPAN website after their first viewing on the air.  As usual–not responsible for last minute schedule changes, and all times given are Central Time!  Happy viewing! ...read more

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