To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into WWI, Fort Scott Community College (FSCC), in Fort Scott, will be presenting a preview screening of the upcoming AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film “The Great War” along with a panel discussion. The topic will be “The War for Democracy: America’s New Foreign Policy”. This will explore how President Woodrow Wilson steered the nation through almost three years of neutrality, only to reluctantly lead America into the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen, thereby transforming the United States into a dominant player on the international stage. Members of the panel will be Pastor James Collins (Fort Scott), retired Army Chaplain; Jan Elder (Baldwin), immigrant to America from England whose grandfather fought in The Great War, and Roger Leaming (Fort Scott), a history faculty member of FSCC. WWI artifacts will be on display.

This event will be held on April 10th from 2-4pm in the Ellis Fine Arts Center, FSCC, Fort Scott. The general public is welcome to attend.

The film premieres Monday, April 10 from 8-10 p.m. on local PBS stations and shows for three consecutive nights.

Adrienne Landry Dunavin is a member of the Kansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee and is the primary administrator of She worked at the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies as their Outreach Coordinator from 2010-2016. During that time she served on the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration Working Group. She continues to volunteer as a representative for CREES and KU WWI on this blog.