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Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report February 2016


February 2016

War Garden Victorious is the story of the Natonal War Garden Commission which was chaired by Michigan born Charles Lathrop Pack. The mobilization of the "Soldiers of the Soil" and the beginning of the "City Farmer" movement. The "War Garden" of WW1 was converted to the "Victory Garden" of WW2 and now urban farming with local  sourcing. See how it all started.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report January 2016


January 2016

Knit Your Bit! Knitting was one way for the Home Front to help the War Effort. Organized by the Red Cross, sweaters, socks etc were knitted and sent to the soldiers in the war by men, women and children. Learn more about World War One knitting and the American Red Cross. Watch Dra. Melissa E. Lenczewski talk about this subject dressed in a reproduction WW1 American Red Cross uniform. Plus what happen One Century Ago.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report December 2015

December 2015

 World War One War Time Recipes:

 
1) Succotash made from the U.S. Army 1916 Cooks Manual
2) Cream Sauce made with Crisco
3) Eggs in Nests, uses the cream sauce to make an unusual breakfast
4) Mayonnaise Dressing with Crisco
5) Tomato Salad, made with Mayonnaise Dressing
Plus One Hundred Years Ago highlights and an update on Michigan's WW1 Centennial Commission

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report November 2015

November 2015

2015 WW1 Collaboration Symposium

 The World War One Historical Association and the League of WW1 Aviation Historians 2015 Collaboration Symposium: 1915-New Warfare; Evolving Strategies and Tactics Plus Cantigny Museum in Wheaton,IL and more!

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report October 2015

October 2015

Village of Grass Lake, Michigan 2015 Heritage Day Festival.

 On September 12, 2015 the Village of Grass Lake, Michigan held it's Heritage Day Festival. See a Michigan WW1 Centennial display which features the 32nd Division, Army Signal Corp equipment and captured German war trophies. Also see military displays from early America thru Viet Nam. Featured is the La Legion Russe (The Russian Legion) WW1 Russians soldiers who fought in France, give a firing demonstration and equipment display. Plus so much more!

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report September 2015

September 2015

 Part Two of a two part program by Dr. Antje K. Gamble who talks about the collection of World War One Posters

 Part Two of a two part program by Dr. Antje K. Gamble who talks about the collection of World War One Posters at the University of Michigan Museum of Art that she has chosen for her exhibition titled: Mine More Coal: War Effort and Americanism in World War 1 Posters. Part Two focuses on the War Effort and Americanism. During World War I, the American Government used a powerful poster campaign to rally citizens to the cause. Propaganda, commodity, and art came together in WWI posters. The focus of this exhibition of rarely displayed WWI posters from UMMA’s collection is coal miners. These works explore the larger themes of supporting the war effort and Americanism. This exhibition includes some of the lesser-known works by America’s most famous poster artists. This exhibition marks the centennial of the Great War (1914-1919). This collection of WW1 Posters was donated by Maurice F. Lyons, who was an early supporter of Woodrow Wilson. During the Great War Mr. Lyons was Secretary for the Committee on Public Information also known as the CPI or the Creel Committee, which was an independent agency of the government of the United States created to influence U.S. public opinion regarding American participation in World War I. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report August 2015

August 2015

 Part One of a two part program by Dr. Antje K. Gamble who talks about the collection of World War One Posters

 Part One of a two part program by Dr. Antje K. Gamble who talks about the collection of World War One Posters at the University of Michigan Museum of Art that she has chosen for her exhibition titled: Mine More Coal: War Effort and Americanism in World War 1 Posters.

During World War I, the American Government used a powerful poster campaign to rally citizens to the cause. Propaganda, commodity, and art came together in WWI posters. The focus of this exhibition of rarely displayed WWI posters from UMMA’s collection is coal miners. These works explore the larger themes of supporting the war effort and Americanism. This exhibition includes some of the lesser-known works by America’s most famous poster artists.
This exhibition marks the centennial of the Great War (1914-1919).

This collection of WW1 Posters was donated by Maurice F. Lyons, who was an early supporter of Woodrow Wilson. During the Great War Mr. Lyons was Secretary for the Committee on Public Information also known as the CPI or the Creel Committee, which was an independent agency of the government of the United States created to influence U.S. public opinion regarding American participation in World War I.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report July 2015

July 2015

World War One Cartoons

During the First World War cartoons were used to support or oppose Government policies and the war. Louis Raemaekers, a Dutch cartoonist became famous doing this while Bruce Bairnsfahter, an English cartoonist, showed the world what life was like in the trenches with his cartoons of "Old Bill". The American Expeditionary Force had it's own cartoon character name "Wally" who was drawn by Stars and Stripes artist Abian Wallgren. Learn about these cartoonist's and other less famous cartoonists who served during the war.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report June 2015

June 2015

The Grand Rapids Airplane Company

The Grand Rapids Airplane Company was formed during November of 1917. The company was an effort of over 14 furniture companies located in Grand Rapids to help with the war`effort and win some of the aviation contracts that were available during the war. J. Hampton Hoult was the General Manager and he was from the Luce Furniture Company. Over 365 Handley Page Bomber were produced before the end of the war. The Grand Rapids Airplane Company also sent to England several special tools which would help reduce the time needed to produce the Handley Page Bomber. None of these airplanes saw combat but over 100 arrived in Oldhame England and were being assembled. The American verision of the Handley Page would be powered by two Liberty 12 engines. Also see what happen 100 years ago during June of 1915.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report May 2015


May 2015

F 1 Sopwith Camel Project with Tom Koruza

Tom has been collecting parts for the last ten years for his F1 Sopwith Camel. He has the dash board with the correct instruments, a Clerget rotary engine and is almost completed the fuselage. See what it is like to build a 1917 F 1 Sopwith Camel. Also, do not forget, Friday June 5th is the Salvation Army National Doughnut Day.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report April 2015


April 2015

Fisher Body Corporation, Aeroplane Division Detroit, Michigan                    

Original photos of aeroplane production that took place in Detroit, Michigan during World War One. See JN4's, DH 4's/Liberty Bomber and the Caproni bomber. The assembly line production technique was applied to the production aircraft during World War One. This same technique was used during World War Two and made Detroit the Arsenal of Democracy. See how Detroit's men and women contributed to the war effort at Fisher Body Corporation Plant # 17 in Detroit during World War One.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report March 2015


March 2015

Wartime Recipes: Cocktails During the Great War.                        

Most armies issued alcohol to their soldiers as a daily ration. This was used to fortify the soldiers to the horrors of war. While on leave,the use of alcohol was continued and encouraged by mixing alcohol with a citrus and a flavoring. This was the modern cocktail. Learn about the French 75, the Sidecar, the Monkey Gland and more. These recipes will be posted on Michigan's WW1 Centennial Facebook page so they will be ready for your next historical get together! Help Remember the Great War, have a WW1 cocktail.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report February 2015


January 2015

 Robert Fraser Ph.D. examines World War One Poetry.             

Several poems from Michigan are read and talked about. The Great War produced a number of "War Poets", men and women, who experienced war first hand and wrote poetry as means of describing their war experience.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report January 2015


January 2015

Robert Fraser Ph.D. examines World War One Poetry

Several poems from Michigan are read and talked about. The Great War produced a number of "War Poets", men and women, who experienced war first hand and wrote poetry as means of describing their war experience.

 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report December 2014

December 2014

War Time Recipes for the Holidays

 This program looks at what happened 100 years ago during December 1914. Both sides on the Western Front, stopped the war to observe Christmas. We also look at some War Time Recipes for the Holidays. Conservation Sandwiches, No.1, Simple Potato Soup and Flemish Carrots.
The next time you have a Pot Luck Dinner consider using some or all of these recipes. It's a great way to teach history.
Recipes are also on Michigan's WW1 Facebook page.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report November 2014

November 2014

T.W.Koch and the Library War Service

University of Michigan Librarian Theodore W. Koch before U.S. involvement in World War I,played an instrumental role in ensuring that scientific publications from Germany and other combatants continued to be available to American researchers by visiting Great Britain. He helped to organized a program to provide books to American soldiers in the trenches with the American Library Association similar to the British program. This program was known as the Library War Service.
Learn about this organization and how it help to win the war. The out growth of this program is the American Library in Paris which is still operating today and promote Franco-American relations.

 

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