This weekend on C-SPAN3 there will be two programs for World War I.  Both are talks given at the recent 1917 conference at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  As usual, times here are Central, and we’re not responsible for schedule changes.

World War I and Britain’s 1917 Middle East Campaigns.  Creighton University professor John Calvert discusses the British campaigns in the Middle East in 1917, when Gaza and Jerusalem were captured from the Ottoman Empire.  The talk airs at 6:02 p.m. on Saturday, December 16th; it does not appear to repeat, at least this weekend.  Of course, this and other talks can be seen at the C-SPAN website after their first airing.

African Americans and World War I.  University of Minnesota professor Saje Mathieu discusses the impact World War I had on African Americans.  First airing is at 10:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16th; it repeats at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17th and 2:00 a.m. Monday morning, December 18th.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.