Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: October 2016 (Page 2 of 5)

KMA Annual Meeting and This Site

This is a “twofer”–two subjects for the post of one!

The Kansas Museums Association will hold its Annual Meeting at Fort Leavenworth November 2nd through the 4th.  On Thursday afternoon the 3rd, a roundtable session will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 on “Commemorating WWI in Kansas.”  Led by Kansas Museum of History Director Mary Madden, it will also include Bethany College Professor Tom Jorsch and Kansas Museum of History Curator Blair Tarr.  We hope it will also be attended by people looking for ideas on how to commemorate the war and perhaps bring some ideas to the table. more

Thomas E. Green – Bethany College Professor (1915) #BethanyWWI #LindsborgWWI

Thomas E. Green was a professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas back in 1915.  He was also elected Vice President  of the Peace Society after returning from a trip around the world where he met with people of influence and discussed the conditions in Europe and how they threatened global peace.  Green delivered an address on campus educating the public and students on what he believed were the four major causes of the first World War. The information he presented was primarily from personal investigations and observations he had made while traveling. more

Battlefield1: A Critique

maxresdefaultThis is one for the video game people, and since I’m not one, I’m going to say as little as possible.

However, Jonathan Casey, the Archivist at the National World War I Museum and Memorial was asked his opinion about this new WWI game, and from the article he clearly got some help from Senior Curator Doran Cart.  I won’t argue with either gentlemen.  Here’s the review: more

Kansans of the Great War Era: Arthur Capper

War Governor.  It’s a term that we don’t tend to use anymore, as our military regiments are no longer based on states, such as the 35th Division (Kansas and Missouri) or the 89th Division (Kansas and Oklahoma.)  The governor is still the civilian head of the state National Guard, but the old term doesn’t quite seem to mean what it once did. more

WWI Museum Programs, October 22-23

For those of you that are in the Kansas City area this weekend, there are a couple of events at the National World War I Museum and Memorial that may be of interest.

On Saturday, a family event–Story Time:

Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.

Story Time: FArTHER

Join Museum educators for this family-friendly event, where we will craft and read Grahame Baker-Smith’s captivating and beautiful illustrated WWI-era story about a son and his father’s dreams of flying. Participants can create a simple wood model biplane afterward. RSVP requested, $4 for craft | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby more

“To An Anxious Friend” and Freedom of Speech

The effects of the Great War at home provided interesting times in the years that immediately followed, and set up a memorable moment in Kansas history.

High wages prevailed during the war.  After the war, however, efforts were made to reduce wages, and labor, for its part, sought to change working conditions.  Among other things, this led to strikes in the railroad industry. more

The Last Day of the War: Albert E. Birch

2nd Lieutenant Albert Ellis Birch was born at Oak Mills, Atchison County, on February 15, 1894.  He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1913, and attended the University of Kansas for two years.At the time of his registration in May 1917, he indicated he had been in the Kansas National Guard for six years, attaining the rank of Corporal. more

Kansans of the Great War Era: Dr. John R. Brinkley

He’s probably one of the last people one would think of when considering the World War I period–the goat gland doctor of Milford, Kansas, Dr. John R. Brinkley.  His cure for male impotence will always be one of the first things people think of, and in a more positive matter, his radio stations changed the way people listened to the radio, and introduced them to many outstanding performers.  He also gave Kansans one of their most exciting gubernatorial elections in 1930. more

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