The Nashville Public Library will host a series of informative Great War presentations.
There will be a presentation of colors at 9:00 followed by opening remarks by Tennessee Veterans Affaris Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder. Presentations will be given byÂ Dr. Carole Bucy, Dr. Marc McClure, Dr. Michael Birdwell, BobÂ Duncan, Pat Gang and others including Dr. David McCoy who will present pieces from his collection of artifacts and uniforms.Â
The Tennessee State Library and Archives will have interactive displays and will inform people about their collections and research.
The Tennessee Council on History Education will be present with information for teachers.
Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery will have a displayÂ in conjunction with its exhibit, “Forging Identity—Imagining the Enemy:Â American Propaganda and World War I."
This event is free and open to the public.
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DRAWN TO WAR THE POLITICAL CARTOONS OF LOUIS RAEMAEKERS
WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO
Political cartoons, newly printed in vivid color during the war era, were widespread and quickly consumed by popular culture across national borders and language barriers. As with today, caricatures allowed artists and audiences to laugh, reflect and inform opinions of current events. Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers, described as the “supreme cartoonist of the war,” used his pencils as a weapon to create powerful impressions characterizing and criticizing the nature and legacy of war.
Born in the Netherlands in 1869, Raemaekers’ first wartime political cartoon was published in the Amsterdam newspaper De Telegraaf on Aug. 1, 1914, following the German declarations of war. ÂÂÂÂ As is true with today’s political cartoonists, Raemaekers infused religious sensibility and symbolism to develop both comical and stirring commentary on the brutality of war and its destructive legacy. Caricatures of leaders, particularly Kaiser Wilhelm, personified the reprehensible practices of war conducted by Germans while portraying empathy that defied national borders.
Between 1914 and 1918, Raemaekers’ works were printed in newspapers worldwide, reproduced on millions of postcards, published in dozens of books, and exhibited in hundreds of cities around the globe. Raemaekers received unprecedented attention on both sides of the Atlantic, was awarded the French Legion of Honor, and received credit for influencing the U.S. decision to enter the war.
Louis Raemaekers died in the Netherlands on July 26, 1956. The next day’s issue of the British newspaper, The Times, described Raemaekers’ legacy:
“...he was the one private individual who exercised a real and great influence on the course of the 1914-18 War. There were a dozen or so people – emperors, kings, statesmen, and commanders-in-chief…[o]utside that circle of the great, Louis Raemaekers stands conspicuous as the one man who, without any assistance of title or office, indubitably swayed the destinies of peoples.”
For more information:https://theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/raemaekers
Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC
Through April 2016
For more information: http://navymemorial.org/yonr
The year 1915 was pivotal in terms of the world-wide involvement in the war. World War I was the first truly global war starting in Europe, then spreading to Africa, Asia and the Near East. The European powers mobilized their colonies and commonwealths around the world. Soldiers and laborers from Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Caribbean were sent to Europe and the Near East to fight. Particularly, the British Commonwealth nations of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa made a decisive impact.
Sand to Snow: Global War 1915 illustrates the convergence of diverse military, political, economic and social forces of the combatant nations and neutral countries. The faces, actions, voices and objects of the people, often from an individual viewpoint, serve as our guides. Their contributions and sacrifices are the central themes.
The exhibition showcases objects and documents from more than 20 countries across the world – the most encompassing special exhibition in the Museum's history – including Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Australia, India, Germany, Montenegro, Poland and the United States. The vast majority of items are on exhibition for the first time at the Museum.
The diversion of European factories to war production disrupted the entire world economy. To fight a global war the combatant nations incurred enormous debts to produce the weapons, ammunition and equipment necessary. Soldiers and sailors fighting across the globe required uniforms, supplies and food.
The United States remained politically neutral, not wanting to be drawn into a European war, but sold war material to both the Allies and Central Powers.
Open from May 1, 2015 through April 10, 2016 in Exhibit Hall, Sand to Snow: Global War 1915 is the latest in the Museum's series of exhibitions commemorating the World War I Centennial.
For more information:https://theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/sandtosnow
When World War I broke out in Europe in 1914, North Carolinians shared the same feelings of regret and fear as other Americans. Tar Heels, like many others, did not want to get involved in the war, but once the United States declared war against Germany in April 1917, most North Carolinians supported the war effort and rallied behind President Woodrow Wilson.
North Carolinians contributed in a variety of ways, from women serving as nurses in military hospitals in France, to the production of artillery shells in Raleigh and ships in Wilmington, and ultimately the 480,491 men from North Carolina who registered for service.
This exhibit showcases North Carolina’s contributions to the war effort.
Duffy Exhibition Gallery, North Carolina History Center
For more information:http://www.tryonpalace.org/calendar
The most comprehensive collection of Australian war art ever seen outside of Australia consists of artworks from the Australian War Memorial depicting Australian military experience from the First World War to Afghanistan. The exhibition features Australia’s best known war artists, including George Lambert and Arthur Streeton, and the works highlight the crucial role Australians played in some of the most defining moments in modern history.
For ticketing information go to:https://theworldwar.org/visit/plan-your-visit/hours-admission
The American Legion hosts its national convention in a different city each year and welcomes to it a large number of attendees. Legionnaires attending the event can take advantage of planned tourism attractions, discounted hotel and travel rates, Legion-sponsored events, and other convention-related offers.
This year's 97th National Convention_will be held from August 28 - September 3, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information visit the American Legion's event page at:http://www.legion.org/convention/resources
Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on what life was like for soldiers during trench warfare in World War I. Included with Museum admission and free for members.
For more information: https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events
The Chief of Infantry announces the 2015 Doughboy Award winners: GEN (R) Barry R. McCaffrey, CSM (R) Jeffrey J. Mellinger, and the Mr. Gary Sinise. The awards will be presented on 15 September, 2015 in Columbus, Georgia.
The Doughboy Award is the highest honor the Chief of Infantry can bestow on a Soldier or civilian. It is awarded for significant and lasting contributions to the Infantry on behalf of all Infantrymen past and present.
More specifics will be added as they become availible.
The San Jose State University First Air War Seminar will will feature speakers Jim Davilla, Steve Suddaby, Jack Herris, and Jack Tunstall, and will showcase art, model, game and book displays. The event is sponsored by the Burdick Military History Project, the League of World War One Aviation Historians, and the World War One Historical Association. Admission is free, but please register in advance.
Seminar Topics and Speakers
For more information, please visit: http://firstairwar.org/.