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The WWI Centennial Dispatch is a weekly newsletter that touches the highlights of WWI centennial and the Commission's activities. It is a short and easy way to keep tabs on key happenings. We invite you to subscribe to future issues and to explore the archive of previous issues.

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January 10, 2017

Legion appoints Monahan as Commissioner

The American Legion

John D. Monahan of Essex, CT was recently selected for appointment to the World War One Centennial Commission by the American Legion. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Monahan served in uniform both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer. Since his retirement from the Army in 1995, Monahan has been active in veterans leadership at the local, state and national levels. Monahan will be officially sworn in during the Legion’s Washington Conference in late February. Read more about the newest Commissioner here.


Homage to grandfather becomes county-wide record of World War One service

 

Terry Krautwurst

Terry Krautwurst of LeRoy, NY, created an extraordinary gift to the history department of Genesee County: a research project containing a biographical profile for every one of the 65 men, and one woman (a nurse), from Genesee County who had died in service during World War One. Terry personally researched and created the eight binders of biographical text, plus newspaper articles and archival documents about each person, and also delivered over 1,200 military documents. Terry said it was his way of bringing those soldiers “home,” or at least of keeping their memories alive. "Too often memorials are merely lists of names; I wanted to put some flesh and blood in those names" he said. Read more about the amazing project, the effort involved, and the respect that inspired it.


PAFA exhibition: America artists chronicling the unfolding of WW1

PAFA Exhibit

The monumental "World War I and American Art" exhibition at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) took seven years, thousands of hours of research and coordination, and $1.4 million to accomplish. The notices that the exhibition is receiving from major publications indicate that the huge investment in money and time is paying off for museum visitors. Recent reviews in the New York Times and Washington Post point to the power of the exhibition, will run to April 09, 2017.  The exhibition, endorsed by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, shows how American artists responded an unprecedented global experience. After leaving PAFA, the exhibition will travel to the New York Historical Society, May 26-September 3, 2017, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, October 6, 2017 to January 21, 2018.


Victory Memorial Grove - Los Angeles undertakes a 100 Cities / 100 Memorials Project

Victory Memorial Grove

Led by amateur historian Courtland Jindra, the Save the Victory Memorial Grove project brings together the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, The Southern California Daughters of the American Revolution and the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks. Read more about it in the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials Blog.


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January 3, 2017

World War One anthology calls attention to remarkable writing from unexpected places

 

A Scott Berg

The Library of America, a nonprofit organization that publishes, preserves, and celebrates America’s greatest writing, is publishing an anthology of American literature and letters from World War One, compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning editor A. Scott Berg. The overall project is two-fold, and also includes a Public Programs component, that will bring veterans and their families together with the general public in 120 public libraries across to country to explore the continuing relevance of World War One by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of the men and women who experienced it firsthand. Scott Berg shares his insights with us on this new volume, and on World War One's impact on our culture.


Filmmakers telling story of America's
World War One aviation pioneers

 

 

Paul Glenshaw

Among the World War One community are a rare handful of experts on early aviation. Paul Glenshaw and Mark Wilkins are two such people. Paul is a filmmaker and writer, Mark is a historical consultant and master model builder. They both worked together recently on a pair of remarkable film projects, celebrating the earliest American aviators in the war. These film projects are 1915's 'The Millionaires’ Unit' and 'The Lafayette Escadrille' still in production. Paul and Mark took some time to talk to us about their projects, and about their passion for World War One aviation.


"Reel America" debuts on C-SPAN3 with video & commentary on World War One

Richard Hall

Our friends at C-SPAN 3 American History TV have an innovative new series, "Reel America" that shows us newly-digitized historic footage with historians providing commentary on the significance and context of the footage. The first two episodes of Reel America are about World War One, and feature two members of the Board of Historical Advisors for the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Mitch Yockelson and Allison Finkelstein. The idea for the series came from long-term C-SPAN producer Richard Hall, who took some time to tell us about it.


Episode #6: ‘The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016

Professor Mark Micale

In Episode 6, Professor Mark Micale looks at a WW1 issue that is as current as today's headlines with "Shell Shock: Core Insights of the Recent Historiography". Micale is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD from Yale University, and currently specializes in European intellectual history, the history of medicine (especially psychiatry), gender and masculinity studies, and modern France.See his 50 minute presentation on the website where we are publishing the six-episode series from the symposium.His presentation is preceded by a poetry reading of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est."


100 Cities / 100 Memorials

Clay model by Karl Lang

We invite you to read Part 2 of Laura A. Macaluso's three part series profiling a Doughboy Memorial project in Connecticut.

In this second part, you can learn a great deal about how these types of memorials come about in the first place, and some of the process a sculpture goes through in creating an iconic statue.


“REMEMBER YOUR FIRST THRILL OF AMERICAN LIBERTY.” Poster: $12.50

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Vintage replica WWI 14” X 24” poster inspired by the World War One rallying cry to “Buy U.S. Government Bonds.” A patriotic and distinctive way to accessorize your wall space, this commemorative poster is offered exclusively through the World War One Centennial Commission.

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December 27, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Thank you for your readership in 2016

You joined us for 50 issues of the World War One Weekly DISPATCH newsletter in 2016. We look forward to linking an ever larger WWI community of interest in 2017 with what's new for the WWI Centennial.

We wish you a wonderful New Year and look forward to dynamic and expanding WWI Commemoration in 2017.


Wisconsin's WW1 Centennial web site is live!

 

Michael Tezlow

The Wisconsin Centennial Committee web site website is now operational at WW1CC.org/wisconsin. Articles, events, the start of a map of ‪World War One monuments, memorials, and historic sites found across The Badger State are just the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding site. Michael Tezlow, member of the Wisconsin Centennial Committee and Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, talks about the new site and plans for the Wisconsin WW1 Centennial Commemoration.Wisconsin joins a growing number of state sites hosted by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. To see the other states’ sites, mouse over the “Participate” drop-down menu at the top of any page, and pick from the list displayed below.


Cher Valley in France prepares to celebrate a century of friendship with American soldiers

 

Valérie Chapeau

 

A few weeks after the United States entered World War One in the Spring 1917, the American General Staff launched an extensive training and supply infrastructure in the Cher River Valley of France and in particular near the town of Gièvres. Nearly 100 years later, the communities and associations located in the Cher Valley and in the Sologne are celebrating this historical episode by organizing a wide array of cultural activities to commemorate the friendship that evolved between the Doughboys and the population of the region. Valerie Chapeau, historian for the French region of Vallée du Cher et du Romorantinais, talks about what the region has planned for the next year.

 


Episode #5: ‘WW1 and the Emerging Laws of War: U.S. National World War One Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016'

Professor John Quigley

In Episode 5,  Professor John Quigley examines "World War One and the Emerging Laws of War." Quigley is President’s Club Professor Emeritus of Law, Moritz College of Law at OSU. Before joining the Ohio State faculty in 1969, Professor Quigley was a research scholar at Moscow State University, and a research associate in comparative law at Harvard Law School, where he received his degrees. Quigley's presentation was preceded by a reading of the Rose Macaulay poem "Picnic 1917." Watch this enlightening session on the website where we are publishing the six-episode series from the symposium.


Part 1: Memorial Conservation in Connecticut in 100C/100M blog

Timothy Ahearn Memorial  

Laura A. Macaluso, Ph.D., the author of Historic Treasures of New Haven: Celebrating 375 Years of the Elm City (The History Press, 2013) has authored a 3-part series about the conservation treatment and research of the Timothy Ahearn Memorial. Her insightful and knowledgeable project profile is a great resource for veterans groups and other teams who are looking at a 100 Cities / 100 Memorials project.


Step into the new year with Doughboy Kicks - Called Trench Boots

Trench Boots

You can own and wear a part of history with these standard issue U.S. Army trench boots.  Available exclusively through the United States World War One Centennial Commission, this limited edition 1917 Field Service Shoe is Made in the USA as it was one hundred years ago. These “trench boots” as they are commonly referred to, where designed based on function and reliability.

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December 19, 2016


Joint ANC/ABMC WW1 Exhibit to open in April

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) have teamed together to create a joint exhibit on the First World War that will open on April 6, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the Great War. The exhibit will focus on the American experience in the war, and how ANC and ABMC were focal points for remembrance and commemoration of the Great War after the conflict ended. ANC averages approximately 3-4 million visitors a year, so this exhibit will be one of the most visited World War One displays in the U.S. ANC Historian Christopher Warren provides more information about the upcoming exhibit here.


Terry Hamby sworn in as new WW1 Commissioner

Mr. Terry Hamby of Kentucky was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission in Washington, DC last week. Appointed by Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, Hamby is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, and and is the founder and CEO of BMAR & Associates, which provides services to the Department of Defense. Find out more about the newest Commissioner here.


Women doctors organized to relieve suffering

When the when the U.S. entered World War One in 1917, there was a shortage of workers for all types of jobs related to the war effort, including physicians. The need for the nation to mobilize for the war effort seemed an opportunity for women doctors to go “over there” to serve on the front lines, but there was opposition. So women physicians took matters into their own hands, forming voluntary organizations and traveling independently to war-torn areas of France to provide sorely needed medical care. Read more about the American Women’s Hospitals here.


Memorial Hunters Club claims there are 3,500 WW1 Memorials in the US

3500 MemorialsThe fact is, nobody knows exactly how many WWI Memorials there are in the US...
The Memorial Hunters Club is crowd-sourcing a national registry of WWI memorials and based on our results since our launch in October, we have come up with a credible number - AND that 2/3 of them have gone missing!
Read about how we came up with this estimate in the 100C/100M blog.


Episode #4: ‘The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016

In Episode 3, Professor Bruno Cabanes provides a meditation on "War, Death, and Remembrance in 1914-1918". See his 50 minute presentation on the website where we are publishing the six-episode series from the symposium. His presentation is preceded by a poetry reading of Isaac Rosenberg's "Break of Day in the Trenches".



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December 12, 2016


Commission mourns loss of James Whitfield

The United States World War One Centennial Commission has lost one of its original Commissioners with the recent passing of James Whitfield. He was 90 years old. Commission Chair Robert Dalessandro expressed the sorrow felt by the entire Commission and staff. "Jim was a true gentleman and friend. We will all miss him. He will long be remembered for his dedication and work on behalf of veterans, and the World War One generation." Jim Whitfield led an extraordinary life of service to his nation, the nation's veterans, the State of Missouri, and his hometown of Warrensburg, MO. Read more about a great American and his legacy here.


Pershing: "fascinating and under-appreciated"

General PershingThe centennial of World War One is prompting new looks at the life and deeds of General John "Black Jack" Pershing, a native of tiny Laclede, MO, 220 miles northwest of St. Louis. Chuck Raasch of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a thoughtful take on "the man most responsible for the United States’ moving from a peacetime army of 220,000 to the two million men who, in a matter of months, were transported to France to fight." Raasch's article includes comments from Mitch Yockelson, a member of the Historical Advisory Board of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. Read the in-depth meditation on the general who also helped maintain a peacetime military between the two world wars, and shaped the key officers who helped the U.S. and its allies win World War Two.


Episode #3: ‘The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War One Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016

Sir High StrachanIn Episode 3, Sir Hew Strachan takes on "The Redefinition of Battle: Verdun and the Somme, 1916" during his Keynote Address at the dinner the night before the symposium began at Ohio State University. Strachan is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, and serves on the both the United Kingdom’s and Scotland’s national advisory panels for the centenary of the First World War. See his absorbing appraisal of the two iconic battles of the Great War on the website where we are publishing the six-episode series from the symposium.


Sync-Call Evolving - Soon to Launch as Podcast

Sync CallPrefer to watch instead of read?
If you have never checked out the weekly Sync-Call, take a look at this past week’s episode.
It’s about WWI NOW - Centennials news and events.
It’s about WWI THEN, with views about what happened 100 years ago this week.

  1. New Jersey 2 minute WWI promo video presented by Veronica Calder
  2. "April 6 Centennial In Your State" toolkit
  3. Admiral Mike Mullen joins WW1CC as advisor
  4. PBS "The Great War" series Roll-out presented by Carrie Phillips
  5. 100 Cities / 100 Memorials - VFW signs up as Supporting Organization
  6. "Trench Commander" blog on WW1CC Website - Curator Richards Bachus presents
  7. "The War to End All Wars" Symposium explained by Peter Mansoor

We will be refining the show over the coming weeks and then early next year, the WW1CC will launch it as a video podcast that can be subscribed to on iTunes, and through the website.


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Commemorative cufflinksAnother great holiday gift for someone serving in the military or veterans, to help them proudly let everyone know that they still honor those who served our country one hundred years ago.
These satin nickel cufflinks are a simple, meaningful, and a great conversation starter. They measure 1" in diameter; packaged in a two-piece gift box.
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