I hate to turn to New Jersey for an idea for programming, but why not, when the idea is good?  It’s also very basic, and one that can be copied by anyone.

Consider, when you click on the link below, what happened in this community:

-A local historical society and a local public library worked together.

-It doesn’t say so in the article, but I have it on reasonable authority (OK, it’s my brother) that most of the sources used were the WWI local papers.

-It concentrated on the local men who went off to war and what happened to them.

-It did not forget the local civilians who may have helped in the local war effort.

Anyone could do this.  And it will help tell a portion of the story of your community.



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.