Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: January 2017 (Page 3 of 4)

Dole Institute Programs

Coming to the Dole Institute of Politics on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence in February:

Join us throughout February for the 2017 Presidential Lecture Series, “The U.S. and the Great War: 100 Years Later.” The four-part series will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of U.S. entry into the war. KU professor emeritus Ted Wilson will facilitate the series of four lectures, which will welcome expert speakers covering different facets of the war. more

C-SPAN3, January 14-15

The weekly alert to WWI talks being shown this upcoming weekend on C-SPAN3.  All are talks given at the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s symposium in early November.  All but one has been aired before.

Lee Pollack’s talk on “Winston Churchill’s Military Career” airs again on Saturday morning the 14th at 8:00 a.m. CT, and again at 4:00 a.m. CT on Sunday morning the 15th. more

Native Americans in the Great War – Pvt. Joseph Oklahombi

36th Division shoulder patch WW1 era

Joseph Oklahombi (1985-1960) was a member of the Choctaw Nation and an Oklahoma National Guardsman who served in Company D, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. He is recognized as one of the Choctaw Code Talkers but that story has been covered before. The 1st /141st later became the “Lost Battalion” of WW2, also another story. more

American Volunteers in WWI

The following exhibit was at the National World War I Museum and Memorial this past year, and is now available as a traveling exhibit.  The links provide more information, including a contact if your organization is interested in the exhibit:

=&0=& Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 National World War I Museum Traveling Exhibit

American volunteer organizations contributed immensely to the well-being and welfare of the American men and women serving the American military in WWI, but also to peoples in the war-torn countries around the globe. This special exhibition produced in collaboration with AFS Intercultural Programs shares their inspirational stories. more

The Canadian Game

We’ve touched on the sport of hockey before, and the New York Times  has a timely article about the sport and the war effort in 1917.  True patriot love in all thy sons command, indeed! But how could they let a little thing like war interfere with hockey? I’ve shared the article below, but you can also read the original article here. more

Letters From the Front

We do like to try to present suggestions that libraries, museums, and other organizations can use for their group.  Often it’s just easy to present what others around the country are doing for the Centennial.

In this case, we go to the Bridgeton Public Library in New Jersey, which has assembled an exhibit of letters from native sons describing conditions.  This should be an easy one for many organizations scratching around for ideas.  Click here. more

C-SPAN3, January 7-8

If you were unable to attend the 2016 Symposium held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in early November, this weekend you have the chance to hear some of the sessions on C-SPAN3.

But first up on Saturday morning the 7th is a repeat of America Goes Over, the 1918 Signal Corps film on American participation in the war.  It airs at 7:00 a.m. CT. more

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