Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Colonel James C. Hughes: The Full Story

In recognition of the anniversary of World War I, the Kansas Museum of History created a special exhibit about a Topekan who experienced both world wars. Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes has been extended through May 2018.

Hughes’ story is both common and exceptional.  He was born in Topeka in 1888. The timing of his birth, the influence of his military father, and the impact of world politics shaped his life. He began his service as a member of the Kansas National Guard and was sent to the Texas border with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1916.  As a member of the U.S. Army he served from 1917 to 1948 and fought in both world wars. He left many detailed records of his time in service.  He photographed battlefields and towns in Europe, recorded his daily survival as a Japanese Prisoner of War (POW), and saved many belongings from the wars that were later donated to this museum.  In essence, he captured his life. ...read more

Symposium: The War to End All Wars, 1916-2016 #osuhistorydept #WW1CC

On October 27 & 28, 2016, the Ohio State University Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, hosted a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. The symposium included presentations on:

  • The Military History of World War I, 1914-1918
  • Financing the First World War
  • War, Death, and Remembrance in 1914-1918
  • WWI and the Emerging Laws of War
  • Shell Shock: Core Insights of the Recent Historiography
  • KEYNOTE: The Redefinition of Battle: Verdun and the Somme, 1916

Prior to each presentation, Ohio State students in theatre and the arts departments recited selections of World War I poetry and even shared a period song. Their participation offered a poignant and powerful combination of “cleansing the mental palate” and preparation for diving into an hour-long perspective on various aspects of the war. ...read more

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