Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library WWI Programming

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has scheduled talks and exhibits in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting in World War I.  These are scheduled for October through January 2019.

Modern Weapons in World War I.  Dr. Mark Hull of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College will talk on the subject of weapons introduced in World War I.  The talk is in Marvin Auditorium 101A at the Library at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 5th. ...read more

“Eisenhower and the Great War”

At the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.  The closing date has to be coming up–check the Library’s website before going!

 

Eisenhower and the Great War
March 2017 – March 2018
Library

War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War as it became known shocked the world with its massive scope and the industrial-like slaughter created by advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon. ...read more

“Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I”

Opening March 10 at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri:

Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I

Harry Truman was the only American President to serve in combat in World War I. As the captain of an artillery battery of about 200 men, he took fire from German forces in eastern France during the closing months of the war. This exhibition follows Truman’s personal journey through months of training and combat. The story is told largely in his own words penned in letters to his fiancee Bess Wallace, in diary entries, and in later recollections. ...read more

Gassed is coming to KCMO

John Singer Sargent’s huge (in its frame 9 ft. x 21 ft.) painting Gassed will be at the National World War 1 Museum in Kansas City, MO from February 23rd  to June 3rd, one stop on a North American tour that was made possible by renovation work at the Imperial War Museum in  London. This work is an icon of WW1 art and shouldn’t be missed. You can read more about the visit here and about the painting here. ...read more

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