If anybody happens to be traveling to Washington, D.C., you may wish to check out the World War I exhibits at their museums:

Modern Medicine and the Great War

Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War

Advertising War: Selling Americans on World War I

Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917-1918

Uniformed Women in the Great War


“My Fellow Soldiers:  Letters From World War I.”  No link.  April 6, 2017 – November 29, 2018.  National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service.

Developed in partnership with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.


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.