Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: April 2018 (Page 2 of 2)

C-SPAN3, April 21-23

Coming up this weekend on C-SPAN3, the following WWI programs are scheduled.  Times given here are Central; we’re not responsible for schedule changes.  Errors in this post is another story; we resent all errors.

Lasting Impressions of World War I.  This program airs four times over the weekend; it’s a joint press conference co-hosted by the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the National Press Club.  First airing is at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, with a repeat at 10:00 p.m. that evening.  Third airing is at 4:01 p.m. Sunday, April 22.  The last airing is in the wee hours of Monday morning, April 23, at 2:01 p.m. ...read more

Kansans of the Great War: Nelson Edwards

Nelson E. Edwards (1887-1954) was born at Point Pleasant, WV, the second of the nine children of Jake and Margaret Edwards. Before Nelson’s first birthday the parents decided to homestead near Plevna, KS, which today is a community of 97 persons located in Reno County, about thirty miles west of Hutchinson. Although they started out in a sod-roofed dugout, their wheat crops were successful and eventually they had a large home with outbuildings. Jake Edwards served as a County Commissioner and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1914 and 1916, but this was all after Nelson had left in 1908 to study photography. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing? Reprise

It’s been two years  since my original article about the memorials to the missing, beginning with the Lone Pine Commonwealth War (CWGC) Memorial at Gallipoli.  In that piece I defined what is meant by ‘Missing’ in WW1. Since then I’ve posted over thirty articles about a variety of the WW1 ‘Memorials to the Missing’, so I thought it might be time to re-rerun the explanation of the concept of ‘Missing’ for the newcomers. As you read you’ll learn that the CWGC has 127 Memorials to the Missing and the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) has just 13. Spoiler alert: I don’t plan to report on every one of the CWGC sites, just the largest and most interesting, with at least one from every theater of conflict. ...read more

African Americans in the Great War- Eugene Bullard

Eugene Bullard (1895 – 1961) was an American pilot who served with the French in WW1. Born in Georgia, his father was an immigrant of Haitian descent from Martinique and his mother a Native American of the Muscogee nation. Bullard received only five years of school and left home at an early age. As a teenager he was boxing and playing in music halls in the UK and France. He joined the French Foreign Legion in October, 1914 and fought as a part of a machine gun team with the First Moroccan Division in Artois, Picardy and Champagne, where he was wounded. When he returned to duty he was reassigned to the regular French Army’s 170th Infantry Regiment, known as Les hirondelles noires de la mort (the black swallows of death). He was sent to Verdun where he was wounded again in March, 1916. ...read more

C-SPAN3, April 8th

It is perhaps a bit early to post C-SPAN programming for next weekend–too much of a chance for schedule changes–but at this point, there is only one WWI program scheduled and it will air twice.

American Artifacts:  World War I Combat Artists will air Sunday, April 8th, at 5:00 p.m. and again at 9:00 p.m. Central.  This was filmed at the National Air & Space Museum and the talk is led by the museum’s chief curator, Peter Jakob.  Their exhibit is entitled, “Artist Soldiers:  Expression in the First World War.” ...read more

WWI Films on Turner Classics in April

There aren’t many, but there are a few:

Noah’s Ark (1929)–Described as “an American playboy’s discovery of honor and courage during World War I parallels the biblical story of the flood.”  Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, among many, many others) and stars Dolores Costello, George O’Brien, and Noah Beery.  Airs at 7:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, April 4th. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #40

100 years ago in Kansas, April 8-18, 1918:

April 8, 1918

  • The Marysville Turnverein, a German society which bought $50,000 in bonds during the first Liberty loan drive, resolved to buy $25,000 more in the third drive.  Mennonite churches in Reno county also voted to buy bonds.

April 12, 1918

April 15, 1918

  • Ellsworth, despite a 20 percent German population, substituted Spanish for German in the high school.

April 18, 1918

The Night Riders, a secret organization, circulated printed warnings in Barton county neighborhoods suspected of pro-Germanism.  See the previous post: 

https://www.kansasww1.org/home-front-night-riders/ ...read more

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