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June 13, 2016


Commission in partnerships for WW1 education
The U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission is partnering with a broad range of organizations, such as the Department of Education, History Channel, Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, and National World War 1 Museum and Memorial in order provide a diverse collection of free, online teaching resources to the public. The program will cover the entire war, with a particular emphasis on American involvement, and its lasting effect on world affairs. By the conclusion of the Centennial period, the Commission hopes to have reached over 10 million students across the country. Read more about this ambitious educational initiative here.

World War 1 "Remembrance" grabs national award
The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Mississippi became one of 10 institutions honored with the National Medal for Museum and Library Services for its WINGS Performing Arts Program, which recently went on tour to perform "Remembrance," an original play about the horrors of the First World War. The award was presented at a White House ceremony by First Lady Michelle Obama. Read about this great honor for a fine organization and a powerful play.

U.S. Mint honors Native Americans' WWI service
While awaiting the selection of the design for the U.S. World War 1 coin to be released in 2018, numismatists and others interested in the Great War may want to look at the 2016 Native American $1 Coin from the United States Mint. The coin honors the service on Navajo "Code Talkers" in World War 1 and World War 2.

Illinois state web site is now operational
Illinois has become the latest state to launch its own site on the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission web site, joining Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Several more states are nearing launch as well. Built by the Illinois World War I Centennial Committee, the site highlights the service and sacrifices of Illinois citizens in the Great War. Check out their great new site here. Kudos to Susan Mennenga, Nick Carrol, and Andy Bullen for all their efforts to make this happen.

Learn More. Read: Over There America in the Great War
Book cover: Over ThereThis book is available in the Official Merchandise Shop.

The Author Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA (Ret.), is also the chairman of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. He has been director of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and chief of military history at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, and is currently deputy secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. He is revisor for Stackpole's Army Officer's Guide and author of Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War, American Lions: The 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I, and Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Force. Dalessandro lives in northern Virginia.
More than 360 photographs detail the American military experience in World War I on the ground, in the air, and at sea, from recruitment to the Armistice. This is the premier visual history of the United States in the Great War to be published during these centennial years.
  • Features not only the Doughboys and Devil Dogs, but also flying aces, doctors and nurses, seamen, and the German enemy
  • photos of weapons and equipment, uniforms, insignia, and medals
  • Richly informative text and captions by an expert on World War I and battlefield interpretation



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