100 years ago in Kansas, July 18-20:
July 18, 1917
- Kansas has one enlisted man for every 143 persons and ranked seventh among the states.
July 20, 1917
- Allen, Chase, Ford, Douglas, Kearny, Montgomery, Ottawa, Woodson and Wyandotte counties escaped the draft because they exceeded enlistment quotas.
- Winning With Wheat, a film produced for the Kansas Council of Defense, was being shown at all theaters in the state, It was a modern version of the Biblical parable of the sower.
- The Belgian Mission visited Topeka.
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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