100 years ago in Kansas, June 25-28, 1917:
June 25, 1917
- Ogden Flats, east of Fort Riley on the Kansas river, was chosen as a site for a U.S. Army cantonment.
June 26, 1917
- The first U.S. troops landed in France.
June 28, 1917
- Kansas Mennonites told the War Department they would serve but not fight and asked assignment to agricultural work.
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.
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