August 01, 2016
Coca-Cola Foundation grant to 369th Experience
The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a grant of $200,000 to go towards the 369th Experience Project. This program, sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, and led by Executive Producer Stephany Neal, is designed to honor the 369th Infantry Regiment, and their famous musical ensemble, with a slate of public performances and art exhibitions during the centennial period of World War I. The 369th Experience will bring the music and art of the era into the 21st Century, and tell modern audiences about the experiences of African-Americans during the turn of the 20th Century. Read more about the generous grant and the 369th Experience here.
Black Tom explosion nudged nation toward war
One hundred years ago, on July 30th, 1916, New York City was rocked by one of the largest explosions in history. On this night, two million pounds of explosives ignited simultaneously, reducing the great munitions depot on Black Tom Island to rubble. The horrors of World War I had arrived in the United States before the country would officially enter the War. Like so many events in World War 1, the reverberations of that explosion lasted long after the smoke had cleared, and still affect the nation today. Read about the big bang and the mystery around its cause here.
“The Great War” to premiere on PBS in April 2017
PBS and American Experience have announced that “The Great War,” a six-hour, three-night event, will premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “Doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. Find out more about this major WW1 television event here.
Camp Sherman dig in Ohio reveals WW1 surprises
Camp Sherman, the third-largest U.S. Army training base in World War 1, was built in record time in 1917 near Chillicothe, Ohio. The camp's 2000+ acres covered a large part of a previously quiet valley. The new cantonment was the training site for many thousands of young men, with all the energy and activity that implies. Yet, after less than two years the war was over and so was the recruit training mission of Camp Sherman. Almost 100 years later, excavations at the camp's site ahead of a road project are revealing surprising insights and remarkable artifacts, and raising awareness of the Great War's heritage. Read about the finds, and the urgency to save the site, here.
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Genuine Commemorative Chelsea Ship's clock: $2,975
Chelsea is pleased to offer this Limited Edition 4-1/2” Ship’s Bell Clock in honor of those who have served in the military since the first patented Ship’s Bell left the factory in 1900. This Limited Edition handcrafted timepiece signals the passing of the time with gentle, rich-sounding chimes – eight bells at 4, 8 and 12 o’clock to mark the end of the mariner’s four hour watch.
Its classic 364 precision brass parts and an 11-jewel movement, all of which are made in Chelsea, Massachusetts, ensure accuracy in time and enduring quality for years to come. Each Ship’s Bell Clock will also be engraved with the WWI Centennial remark with the WWI Doughboy design on the face of the timepiece.
In addition, each Limited Edition Ship’s Bell Clock is engraved with its personal number (1 of 100, 2 of 100, etc.) and packaged in the Chelsea blue gift box.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shot