In any community, one might find opposite reactions to the war.  here are a few. These papers at Pittsburg State University give evidence of both opposition and support for the war effort:

Local musicians composed patriotic music:

But Pittsburg and Crawford County made its sacrifice:

And the Gold Star Mothers had their chance to see their sons’ last resting place in Europe:


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.