Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: June 2017 (Page 1 of 4)

Centennial Countdown to the Great War: June 1917

In June 1917, the United States is coming to grips with its new status as a belligerent power.  President Wilson signs the Espionage Act, which makes it unlawful to interfere with military or naval operations and gives the Postmaster General broad authority to refuse to deliver material he judges to be in violation.  The President issues an order creating an Export Council with power to control all exports from the United States.  Mandatory registration for the draft begins.  General Pershing arrives in Europe, where he confers with his counterparts in London and Paris; shortly thereafter the first American Army units arrive in France.  The first issue of Liberty Bonds sells out quickly.  A commission headed by former Secretary of State Elihu Root arrives in Russia as anarchists march in the streets of Petrograd and Lenin calls for an end to the war.  The provisional government, responding to an overture from the Central Powers, states that it will not enter into a separate peace.  Former President Roosevelt announces that two of his four sons have gone to France and that the others will follow shortly.  The British Army in Flanders attacks and occupies Messines Ridge.  Gotha bombers attack London.  King Constantine of Greece abdicates, clearing the way for Greece to enter the war on the side of the Allies. ...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

General Pershing Comes to the Dole Institute

Wednesday, July 12 – 7 p.m.

Explore the life and times of General John J. Pershing, a Missouri native and commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I. Join the Institute to commemorate 100 years since the U.S. entry into the war and examine one of our nation’s most decorated military leaders, portrayed here by historical interpreter David Shuey.

This program is part of the Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI) and is free and open to the public.

The Dole Institute of Politics is on the campus of the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

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