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 Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder. Presentations will be given by Dr. Carole Bucy, Dr. Marc McClure, Dr. Michael Birdwell, Bob Duncan, Pat Gang and others including Dr. David McCoy who will present pieces from his collection of artifacts and uniforms.
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 display in conjunction with its exhibit, “Forging Identity—Imagining the Enemy: 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. 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
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
Presented by the Western Front Association East Coast Branch
The Symposium will feature several presentations, as well as a special display of WW1 aviation art by artist Mike O’Neal, book signings, door prizes, table displays of WW1 memorabilia, a Branch-sponsored WW1 book sale, and an optional catered lunch. Tickets are $35 per person and $15 per student.
Presentations will include:
For more information, please visit: http://www.ww1-centennial.org/calendar/.
The Western Front Association East Coast Branch (USA) will gather in York, PA on Saturday October 24 for the Fall 2015 Symposium in World War 1 History.ÂÂ Join WFA East Coast at the York County Heritage Trust for an exciting day of WW1 history presentations, displays, discussions, door prizes, book signings and more!
The Western Front Association East Coast Branch (USA) will gather in York, PA on Saturday October 24 for the Fall 2015 Symposium in World War 1 History.Â Join WFA East Coast at the York County Heritage Trust for an exciting day of WW1 history presentations, displays, discussions, door prizes, book signings and more!Â For more information: WFA Fall Symposium
The Association for the Study of Connecticut History, publisher of the journal Connecticut History Review, the History Department of Central Connecticut State University, and the Connecticut State Library project “Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories” are sponsoring a one-day conference on Connecticut and the Great War, on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The meeting to be held at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT will feature both concurrent and plenary sessions with speakers from diverse backgrounds discussing a wide variety of topics that focus on the any and all aspects of World War I in Connecticut.
Although researchers may focus on individual events or people, studies of the wider economic, political, social, and cultural impact are encouraged. This conference will bring together people with different backgrounds and expertise to explore how the Great War transformed the cultural, social, political, and economic landscape of Connecticut.
Historical society and museum personnel, graduate students, independent scholars, teachers, and members of the academy are all invited to make presentations. For consideration, please submit a paper title, abstract, and a short c.v.
Application deadline is July 15, 2015.
Proposals should be sent to conference chair: Nancy H. Steenburg, 493 Pequot Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355 or e-mailed (in MSWord format) to email@example.com, telephone (860) 405-9191.
For more information: http://asch-cthistory.org/fall-conference/
The Tennessee State Museum is opening a new exhibit in its War Memorial Building as part of its Military Branch. The exhibit is entitled "Remembering the World War I Doughboy: The History of Tennessee’s War Memorial."Â
Entrance to the museum is free and open to the public.
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