World War I Centennial Ceremony
11 a.m. Thursday, April 6 · Kansas Museum of History · Topeka · Special exhibits gallery
President Woodrow Wilson addressed a special joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, to ask for a declaration of war against the German Empire. Congress declared war on April 6 for “repeated acts of war against the people of the United States of America” and authorized the president to “employ the entire naval and military forces” to bring the “conflict to a successful termination.” Eighty thousand Kansans accepted the call. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Schneider with the Kansas National Guard will be our guest for a wreath laying ceremony. Please join us in remembering those who served.
Charlie Pautler, museum director for Shawnee Town, examines the uniforms, equipment, and other items soldiers shared with their families at home. Museum admission is half price from 5 until 6:30 p.m. so you can enjoy our special exhibit, Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and you can shop at the Museum Store. Learn more
Kip Lindberg, director, Chemical Corps Museum, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, considers the uses, types, and effects of poisonous gas during World War I. Museum admission is half price from 5 until 6:30 p.m. so you can enjoy our special exhibit, Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and you can shop at the Museum Store. Learn more