Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Alyssa Wierman

Alyssa is a Sophomore Honors Student who is majoring in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.

Celebrating the End #BethanyWW1 #LindsborgWW1


Lindsborg News Record; November 15, 1918 Lindsborg Celebrates War Ending

In the November 15, 1918 edition of the Lindsborg News Record, an article of patriotism was displayed. The article discusses how the Lindsborg, Kansas community reacted to receiving the news that the war was over. The town celebrated by hanging flags in windows of businesses and there was a parade on the afternoon of November 11, 1918. The Lindsborg schools and college all joined in the celebration on Main Street. The State Guards joined in shooting at an effigy of the Kaiser as it was drug down Main Street by a rope. The town gathered at an auditorium to listen to speeches and sing songs of patriotism. The ceremony ended with prayers for all who were serving in the war and in thanksgiving to God for guiding everyone safely through trials of war. The day ended after the effigy of the Kaiser was burned. more

Theatre and War Tax #BethanyWW1 #LindsborgWW1

This advertisement was in the Lindsborg News Record from January 4, 1918. “The Fighting Trail” was a silent movie series that was playing in the Wonderland Theatre in Lindsborg, Kansas. The Western film was released in fifteen chapters. According to a film review in the Exhibitors Herald (September 15, 1917; pg 24), the plot of this series relates to World War One. There is a valuable mineral found in one California mine. This mineral is needed for an explosive and the Central Powers desire it. The secret is described in papers held by the character, Nan, who is constantly captured by the henchmen of German spy, Von Bleck. She is rescued by mining engineer, John Gwynn. more

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