Alabama WWI Centennial Committee web site launches

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August 22, 2016

Commission welcomes Alabama state site
The ‪Alabama‬ World War I Centennial Committee’s web site is now live at ww1cc.org/alabama. The site features a rich body of Alabama-specific WWI content including a blog, a calendar of centennial events, a detailed map of ‪WWI‬ monuments, memorials, and historic sites found throughout the state, and an extensive list of readings and resources. Check back every other Wednesday for new blog posts highlighting Alabama's role in the Great War. Congratulations to the Alabama team for a job well done! To see this and other states’ sites, click the “Participate” drop-down menu at the top of any page.

American Legion hosts WW1CC at convention
By American Legion invitation, the World War 1 Centennial Commission will be actively participating in the American Legion’s 98th Annual Convention, Aug. 25-Sept. 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.WW1CC is sharing a booth with American Legion staff in the main exhibit hall (Th-Mon). Representatives from from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the WW1CC will be staffing the booth during the convention, filling in attendees on the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials project and other WW1CC activities. Read more about the Legion Convention here. Come see us if you are at the convention this week!

Texas goes over the top with statewide meeting
The first state-wide Texas World War I Centennial planning conference was held on August 12 at the Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin. The conference was designed to help Texas organizations and individuals plan commemoration activities for the 2017-2019 centennial period. Over 70 people attended in person, and more via webinar. Organizations there included museums, county historical commissions, universities, libraries, military bases, and state agencies. Find out more about this great meeting, hoped to be the first of many statewide planning meetings across the nation this year.

Recreating a legendary WW1 fighting machine
The tireless work of three Indiana men with a passion for history is instantiating an almost vanished mechanical marvel from World War 1: an unerringly accurate replica of the M1917 Light Tank, the first American-manufactured tank. While the M1917 did not see action in the Great War (the first M1917 tanks would not reach France until November 20th, 1918, a full nine days after the guns fell silent along the Western Front), they hold a great and special significance in U.S. military history. Find out more about this labor of love and steel here.

Golden Gophers win in 1916, go to war in 1917
Sports blogger Ryan Barland is revisiting the story of the great 1916 University of Minnesota football team that traded their football gear for Army and Navy uniforms when the U.S. entered World War 1 in 1917. From gridiron stardom to military service, Barland will be telling the stories of these not-quite-forgotten Golden Gophers who were twice heroes. Check out his article here.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials Webinar #1: “Memorial Restoration 101”

Thursday September 8, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, we will hold the first in a series of informational webinars for our $200,000 matching grant giveaway to restore ailing WWI memorials.
This first webinar focuses on how to find and identify the WWI memorials in your area and how to plan your project - with an emphasis on the do's and dont's in restoration.
Registration for the webinar will be open on Thursday August 25. The webinar will feature conservator experts and project team members to help you get going with your planning.
Sign up for the 100C/100M BLOG at ww1cc.org/100Memorials and stay informed about all the program events and opportunities.

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This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop

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