Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: July 2017 (Page 2 of 3)

Called to Serve: A Local WWI Exhibit

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. ...read more

The End of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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. ...read more

C-SPAN2, July 16

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. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #17

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

  • Allen, Chase, Ford, Douglas, Kearny, Montgomery, Ottawa, Woodson and Wyandotte counties escaped the draft because they exceeded enlistment quotas.
  • Winning With Wheat, a film produced for the Kansas Council of Defense, was being shown at all theaters in the state,  It was a modern version of the Biblical parable of the sower.
  • The Belgian Mission visited Topeka.
  • ...read more

    American War Poet Alan Seeger

    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. ...read more

    C-SPAN3, July 7-9

    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– ...read more

    Lafayette We Are Here

    July 4th, 1917, one hundred years ago today.

    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. ...read more

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