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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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US WW1 Centennial Coins Selling Fast

Less than two weeks after the roll-out, nearly one-half of the production run of the  US WW1 Centennial coin sets has been sold. You can read more about the coins here.

Coins can still be purchased from the US Mint at their web site.

Royal Aircraft Factory SE-5

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE-5 was a British airplane that, like the French SPAD XIII and the German Fokker D-VII, epitomized the third generation of fighters (in the day called pursuit planes) in WW1. Compared to its forebears the SE-5 was bigger, heavier and not as nimble, but it was much more stable, easier to fly, faster and a better climber, due largely to the powerful in-line engine which enabled the use of a gear-driven four blade propeller. Although designed to be fighters, unlike their predecessors these aircraft could also carry bombs. The SE-5 entered service in March 1917, first equipping the newly formed No. 56 Squadron RFC, which was created to hunt down German Aces. ...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

The Old Perfessor

It’s a little early for baseball season, but we’ll get started early with someone with a World War I connection, but not a Kansan.  Close though — a native of Kansas City, Missouri, Charles Dillon Stengel.  He’s remembered by the nickname provided by the initials of his hometown — KC — “Casey.” ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #36

100 years ago in Kansas, January 29 – February 3, 1918:

January 29, 1918 — Kansas Day

  • Uniform rules for saving coal were issued by Emerson Carey, State Fuel Administrator.  He fixed the hours during which various stores would be open; curtailed street lighting and banned dancing.  Drugs could be sold any time.
  • The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas met at Topeka for the first joint annual meeting of the two societies.
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    C-SPAN3, January 27-28

    Once again, we only have one World War I program airing this weekend on C-SPAN3, although after a show airs, it can be seen anytime on the network’s website.  As usual–all times are Central.

    The program that airs is American Artifacts:  World War I & American Art.  Art and film historian David Lubin discusses the images featured in his book, Grand Illusions:  American Art & the First World War.  It airs at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, January 27th, and repeats at 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Sunday the 28th. ...read more

    Nurse Helen Fairchild

    One hundred years ago yesterday, January 18, 1918, US Army Reserve Nurse Helen Fairchild passed away while serving with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF),  one of five American nurses so seconded to die in WW1. Statistical firsts can be hard to verify, but she may have been the first US Army Nurse to die in France in WW1 and she may also have been the first to die as a result of contact with the enemy. ...read more

    C-SPAN3, January 21

    This weekend C-SPAN3’s American History TV does not give us much WWI to view.  The only program has been shown the last two weekends–American Artifacts World War I, with National World War I Museum and Memorial Curator of Education Lora Vogt discussing artifacts in the collections. ...read more

    The Annals of Kansas, #35

    100 years ago in Kansas, January 22-28, 1918:

    January 22, 1918

  • “Kickless Thursday” was added to the weekly schedule by the State Food Administrator to make Kansans “forget to grumble about meatless, wheatless, sugarless days, save footpower, and help whip the Kaiser.”
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    David Lloyd George states Britain’s War Aims

    In an address to Congress on January 8th, 1918 President Woodrow Wilson set forth his famous Fourteen Points, a concise articulation of American war aims and Wilson’s proposed basis for an honorable and lasting peace. Two days previously Prime Minister David Lloyd George had presented His Majesty’s war aims at a closed-door meeting with the leaders of the Labor Party. Here’s a newspaper report detailing what he said: ...read more

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