Dispatch - How WWI Still Touches The Lives of All New Yorkers

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April 11, 2016

NYC’s WWI Centennial Committee formed, notes how the war still touches lives of all New Yorkers
The World War One Centennial Committee for New York City officially announced its formation last week on the steps of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, where American Doughboys marched off to war. Centennial Committee Chairman Dr. Libby O’Connell, a Commissioner on the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, was joined by a gathering of city officials, international diplomats, educators and living historians at the start of a 30-month program of commemoration in the Big Apple. Click here to read about the event, and the committee's plans.

Joseph Weishaar radio interview maps his road
to designing the national World War I Memorial

What does it take to win a contest to memorialize the Great War? Author Traci L. Slatton interviews Joseph Weishaar, designer of the the national WW1 Memorial in Washington, DC on her "Independent Artists and Thinkers" program on Blog Talk Radio. Weishaar talks about his journey through competitions and into national prominence, how he came to enter the competition for the national WWI Memorial, and how his design grew and evolved. (Slatton is not a disinterested interviewer: her husband, sculptor Sabin Howard, is Weishaar's partner in the memorial effort.) Click here to listen to the whole interview.
You can help build the national World War I Memorial: click here now to find out how.

How the World War I draft brought out the best & the worst of American volunteerism
When America entered World War I in April 1917, the U.S. Army was smaller than Bulgaria’s and the federal government did not have a system in place to mobilize for war. The Selective Service Act, enacted May 18, 1917, put the legal mechanism in place to boost the armed forces, but the Federal government did not have mechanisms to implement it. The gap was filled by the many voluntary associations which helped drive registration for the draft. Christopher Capozzola, a historian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussed the role of volunteerism during a presentation and audience Q&A during Oklahoma University's 2016 "Teach-In" on the First World War. Capozzola said the volunteerism showed both the best and worst of the country. On one hand, it brought Americans together in service and sacrifice, but it also enticed violence and coercion. Click here to listen to the whole program.

Navy recruiting posterVintage replica WWI 14” x 24” poster inspired by the U.S. Navy’s plea to report to the nearest recruiting station. A patriotic and distinctive way to accessorize your wall space, this commemorative poster is offered exclusively through the World War One Centennial Commission.

You too can help make American history. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes towards funding the building of a national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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