Georgia Southern Museum
Georgia Southern University
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of an event that changed our world forever. During the “Great War,” as it was called, 65 million men and women served in militaries from 36 current nations spanning 6 continents, nine million of which died. The First World War saw the introduction of new technology, the fall of empires, the rise of new states, the loss of a generation, and changes in society as a whole.
This exhibit is a collaboration of faculty curators from across the University and graduate student curator and project coordinator Sheila Boone. The exhibit design and much of the fabrication was completed by Professional Practices students in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. This exhibit is the first of two to commemorate the Centennial.
For More Information: http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/museum/exhibits/current/
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. ÂÂ 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:Â https://theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/raemaekers
Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC
Through April 2016
For more information: http://navymemorial.org/yonr
This exhibition features black & white photographs of the efforts to use sandbags and wooden frames to protect Italian architecture and sculpture from aerial bombardment in WWI. It is co-sponsored by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute, and hosted by The President Woodrow Wilson House.
The President Woodrow Wilson House is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays – Sundays. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
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
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 serving on the Eastern Front in 1915. Included with Museum admission and free for members.
For more information: https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events
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
Free illustrated lecture sponsored by the Louisa County Historical Society. Dr. Lynn Rainville will present her research on WWI in Virginia and Virginians who served in WWI, with a particular focus on Louisa County veterans.
Talk summary: Virginia and Virginians played a surprisingly large role in The Great War. Over 100,000 Virginians were drafted and 1000s lost their lives from combat, disease, and training accidents. In this illustrated lecture, I discuss the efforts of women and men on the home front prior to America's entry into the war, follow in the footsteps of dozens of Virginians fighting in France (including Louisa County soldiers), and study the memorials that were created in the Commonwealth to honor the sacrifices of these soldiers.
Holland Performing Arts Center
On October 1st, 2015, David Reynolds, author of the book "The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century," will lecture on "World War One: Remembering America's Forgotten War." Reynolds is the author of eleven books, and has presented nine historical documentaries on the twentieth century. The lecture will be free and open to the public. It will be preceded by a benefit reception and dinner to raise money for Humanities Nebraska's programming.
For more info, contact Humanities Nebraska at 402-474-2131 or email@example.com.
The 2015 League of WWI Aviation Historians and World War One Historical Association Collaboration Symposium, 1915: Warfare Evolution; New Tactics and Strategies, covers a broad range of topics including aviation and significant battles and events of the second year of the First World War.
This event will serve as the regularly scheduled WW1HA National Symposium and is well-timed during an open year midway between regular League biennial seminars, providing an excellent opportunity for camaraderie and networking during the centennial of the First World War.
The Hilton Lisle/Naperville provides easy access to the 1st Infantry Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL where we will spend Friday afternoon touring the museum and grounds.
Special events and features will include model displays and a 1915 themed model contest, WWI reenactors and militaria displays, gamers including the Fight in the Skies gang, and various WWI related vendors.
We ask that you support the League and WWIHA by attending this education and networking-focused opportunity.
Friday Symposium Speakers include:
8:30 -- Jack Tunstall: Eastern Front, 1915 (with an eye on Aerial Ops)
9:45 -- Kelley Szany: In the Shadow of War: The Armenian Genocide 1915-1918
11:00 -- Jon Guttman: Through, Above and Around: Arming the First Allied Fighters in 1915
19:30 -- Dick Church: The Kaiser's U-Boats: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, the Lusitania, and Will They Bring America into the War?
Consult the WW1HA website for details and a registration form, or email the Symposium Chairman Randy Gaulke firstname.lastname@example.org.