In the current exhibition, Revolutions! 1917, at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, one of the prime artifacts to be seen is the Declaration of War against Germany from 1917.  This is on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration, and one suspects this does not get out of Washington, D.C. very often.  It’s a good opportunity for those of us in this part of the world to see this document.


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.