In October the National Capitol Planning Commission gave its approval to the design for the memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC. Subsequently the National Park Service issued a Building Permit and just over a week ago the site work began. You can read more about this in the DC press by clicking here or from The American Legion by clicking here.
The Kansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee was formed in 2015 by proclamation of the Governor. The Director of the Kansas Museum of History, Mary Madden, was asked to chair the committee that included volunteers representing the the Kansas State Historical Society, Kansas Commission on Veteran’s Affairs Office, Kansas Humanities Council, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas State University, Kansas University, KU Med Center, Kansas Wesleyan University, The Adjutant General’s Department, Bethany College, Brown v. Board of Education, National World War I Museum & Memorial, Pittsburg State University, US WWI Centennial Commission (WWICC), and the US Cavalry Museum.
The committee identified the following three goals to pursue throughout the commemoration period:
- Identify, endorse, and promote First World War centennial commemorative activities around the state of Kansas;
- Identify, collect, and share information about First World War monuments and memorials in the state of Kansas using the KSHS-operated Kansas Historical Resources Inventory (KHRI);
- Identify, collect, and share information about Kansas citizens who lived during the First World War.
With a budget of exactly $0 dollars and just the elbow grease of a few good history enthusiasts, the committee chose to pursue these goals through the creation of KansasWW1.org, a website to post content about commemorative activities, explore monuments and memorials, and share resources and research about Kansans who lived during the First World War.
On this blog, 21 authors wrote 782 articles about Kansas and the Great War. They developed the following special projects:
Later this year the US Mint will issue a series of silver WW1 commemorative coins. Click here for more information. There has been criticism of the ‘cartoon-like’ art work featured on the proposed designs.
For most other countries involved in the First World War, the centennial started nearly three years ago, and they are well into their coin series. Some of the coins issued by the United Kingdom and Canada are legal tender and in general circulation, while others are collectibles or investment-grade, some .9999 fine gold coins, like the Canadian $1000 dollar coin shown.
Even Germany has struck a coin, although different because it remembers the losses of both world wars.
Click on the country listed below to read more about their WW1 centennial coinage:
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We’re prompted to use an example from New Jersey–and at this point, you should be saying “New Jersey” like it was a Pace Picante Sauce commercial. The Caldwell (NJ) Progress recently printed an article about a Rifle Range the U.S. Navy built there in 1918. Read all about it here: http://www.newjerseyhills.com/the_progress/news/throw-back-thursday-caldwell-rifle-range/article_21c2823a-2ac9-51f2-9842-4e66abb5b0ca.html
Surely (I know–don’t call you Shirley) there must be some stories in Kansas that some of you would like to share. Please contact our able administrator, Adrienne ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to become a blogger of WWI posts. We’ll be happy to have you aboard!
Our next meeting is scheduled for March 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the Kansas Historical Society.
We take time to express our sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. Please note the biography on the National website: