We do tend to give a fair amount of recognition to the facility in Kansas City, Missouri, just within a mile or two of the Kansas state line.  But it is well deserved, and even Kansans taught to hate anything about Missouri should go there at least once!

The first anniversary was on November 11th.  On that date in 1926–the eighth Armistice Day–the Liberty Memorial  was dedicated and opened by President Calvin Coolidge.  This year is the 90th anniversary of the dedication.

Ten years ago–December 2006–the refurbished memorial and the new museum opened to the public.  The Museum will mark that anniversary with events from December 6th through the 11th:


Congratulations to the National World War I Museum and Memorial!  Here’s to many more successful years!

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.