I like trying to encourage local historical societies, museums, and libraries to create World War I exhibits, based on the effect the war had on their own community. I’d be surprised if these organizations do not have items that speak to not just what was happening on the national level, but the state and local levels as well. Usually they have collections that are very effective in telling how the community did during the war and the effects the war had on the community in the long run.
OK, not quite the end. There was simply a name change. On this date in 1917–July 17–the ruling family of England ceased to be the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and became the House of Windsor.
Three years of war, German aircraft capable of reaching England called Gothas, and a strong anti-German sentiment prompted King George V to bring an end to all German titles held by British nobility. The House of Windsor continues to reign today, with Elizabeth II in the sixty-sixth year on the throne.
It’s a slow weekend for WWI programing on the C-SPAN networks. The only show scheduled is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Central, and it’s Jennifer Keene speaking about her book, World War I: The American Soldier Experience. Well worth listening to; it has been on before, and can be seen on the C-SPAN website.
100 years ago in Kansas, July 18-20:
July 18, 1917
- Kansas has one enlisted man for every 143 persons and ranked seventh among the states.
July 20, 1917
Nutter was a Kansas City business icon, major philanthropist and a founding member of the US WW1 Centennial Commission. He also made the first donation towards the construction of the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park in DC. Read more here.
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.
One hundred years ago in Kansas, July 1917:
July 13, 1917
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–
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.