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Sync Call for Wednesday June 15 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Commission Libby O'Connell and Lora Vogt on the Education Newsletter

2. Illinois State website launches

3. American Legion carries article on the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Read more below!


Sync Call Minutes
June 15, 2016

News and announcements

Education Newsletter  - Commissioner Libby O’Connell and Lora Vogt

The United States World War One Centennial Commission and the National World War I Museum & Memorial have come together with partners, including the Department of Education, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, HISTORY Channel, and the American Battle Monuments Commission, to pool their education resources about World War I into a bi-monthly education eNewsletter and an easy-to-navigate online collection.
Starting officially on June 21, each issue of the newsletter will focus on a different topic related to the First World War and will include an extensive selection of articles, lessons, teaching guidelines and primary sources that you can freely use, arriving in your inbox on the third Tuesday of every other month.

Update from the States

The Illinois Commission, Publishing Partner Team has completed their website and are now live.
The official short URLs are:


Texas WWI Centennial Committee Newsletter
Current events
Internship opportunities
Book recommendations


Mississippi- Tonya Hays and students from the WINGS Performing Arts
Tonya Hays and students from The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, MI. As I mentioned last week, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children was a 2016 recipient of the Nation’s Highest Museum and Library Honor.  The Institute of Museum and Library services award the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center the
2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The First Lady of the United States presented the award last week- image here
One of the major programs at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is WINGS Performing Arts. Last year,  a group of high school students performed their original production, Remembrance, created in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Great War.  The program is based on the rich legacy of WWI poems, letters and music.  Remembrance honors the patriotism, sacrifice desolation and aftermath from WWI.  

State outreach Collaboration Call
We’ll take a break for the month of July and reconvene on August 4th.

News and Announcements

US Army Center for Military History- Dr. Glenn Williams
Our first World War I commemorative pamphlet, _The Mexican Expedition, 1916-1917_ by Julie Prieto, Ph.D., has just been published.  Online version can be found here:

Glenn F. Williams, Ph.D.
       Senior Historian
      Army Commemorative Office
       U.S. Army Center of Military History

Upcoming Events:

Education Newsletter- June 21- please remember to sign up to receive these bi-monthly emails!

Dept. of Defense History Speaker Series-  Tuesday, June 28, 1200 pm
Battle of the Somme-  Thomas Christianson, Senior Historian, Office of the Sec. of Defense Historical Office, and Ex Officio Member to the Commission
Commissioner Rob Dalessandro will also talk about the WWI Centennial Commission beforehand

EAA AirVenture- Oshkosh, WI

The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. Largest aviation show in the world.
The EAA AirVenture Airshow will take place July 25-31 and the  2016 focus this year is WWI.  This is huge, week long event with 700,000 + of attendees and dozens of defense contractors.
We will have a booth set up for the week.. Our Commissioners have daily speaking roles in two different amphitheaters that seat 2500 +.
Let us know if you plan to attend and can help us at our booth! We’ll be selling WWI CC merchandise, etc.  contact me, Meredith Carr, if you plan to be at the EAA AirVenture Airshow July 25-31.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park
The next issue of the American Legion Magazine will feature a Q&A article with memorial designers Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard.  Copies of the magazine are currently in the mail and if you’re a subscriber you should see it in your mailbox by the end of next week.
If you do not already subscribe you can sign up here:

The guys will be back in Washington for more regulatory agency meetings the week of June 20th.  They are hard at work.
You can also check out the new section of the national web site that features the National WWI Memorial Project. You can get to it by going to WW1CC.org/memorial

The Great War Channel


Alright, as always, The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. New episodes come out every Thursday.  Newest videos include:

  • Beyond the Genocide: Armenia in the Great War

  • The Brusilov Offensive- The Arab Revolt Week 98 of the Great WAr

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster



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