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Sync Call for Wednesday July 06 at 12pm EDT

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News at a Glance

1. Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission gets busy!.

2. 100 Cities / 100 Memorials set to debut July 15.

3. Ellouise Schoettler's one woman show is the true story of 64 professional Maryland nurses who went to WWI

Read more below!


Sync Call Minutes
July 06, 2016

Update from the States

Last week Commissioner Rob Dalessandro and Commissioner Edwin Fountain met with Cheryl Jackson, Executive Director of the  Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission.
We are very proud of Virginia-  what started as a meeting with about 5 of us in City Council building in Richmond two years ago has turned into an official commission with office spaces in the General Assembly Building in Richmond. We have a network of really wonderful WWI volunteers there and with the backing from the state capitol now, Virginia is really doing some wonderful things for the commemoration:

  1. The new Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program Applications are now open!  Deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by 5:00 PM.

The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission (the Commission) was created by the General Assembly to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.
The purpose of the Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program - administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) - is to assist Virginia communities and related World War I and World War II sites to market commemorative events, locations, and destinations.  Electronic submissions of the Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program will NOT be accepted.  For more information, please visit  http://www.vatc.org/PAM/WWGrants/.
A series of workshops regarding the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration will be held over the next few weeks.  Information on the workshops can be found at http://www.vatc.org/grants/WWGrantsInfoSessions.

2.  Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Information Sessions
A series of workshops regarding the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration will be held over the next few weeks.  Information on the workshops can be found at http://www.vatc.org/grants/WWGrantsInfoSessions.

Thursday, July 7 - 10:30 a.m.
Virginia State Capitol
1000 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Directions and parking
The Richmond information session will be held in House Room 3, which is located in the underground extension of the State Capitol, accessed through the public entrance on Bank Street.  Optional: A special guided tour of the State Capitol will depart from House Room 3 after the program.

Friday, July 8 - 11:00 a.m.
D-Day Memorial
816 Burks Hill Road
Bedford, VA 24523

The Bedford information session will be held in the Welcome Center, which is located at the foot of the Memorial.  A special guided tour of the D-Day Memorial will be available following the program.

Thursday, July 14 - 11:00 a.m.
MacArthur Memorial
198 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Directions and parking

Friday, July 15 - 11:00 a.m.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
901 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601

Wednesday, July 20 - 3:00 p.m.
Historic Smithfield Plantation
1000 Smithfield Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Prince William
Tuesday, August 2 - 10:30 a.m.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle, VA  22172

Save the date- The next  Upper MidWest Region Meeting will be on September 13 at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago. 1 pm Central Time. Susan Mennenga has been hard at work planning this event and has managed to arrange representatives from each of the Upper Midwest states, which include:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin

State outreach Collaboration Call
We’ll take a break for the month of July - we will have no call tomorrow, but we will reconvene on August 4th. August’s call will look at the Commission’s educational resources as we enter into the 2016-2017 calendar year!

News and Announcements

100 Cities / 100 Memorials program debuts July 15

In the years following the Great War, thousands of Memorials to those who served in WW1 were built in cities and towns across America .Over the decades, exposure to the elements has taken a toll on many of these memorials.
On July 15, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, along with supporting organizations like the American Legion, will launch 100 Cities / 100 Memorials: a national matching grant challenge to preserve WWI monuments.

Story of WW1 nurses told in one-woman show
Ellouise Schoettler
"Ready to Serve" is the true story of 64 professional Maryland nurses from Johns Hopkins University who went to France in WWI to staff an Army Field Hospital. This one-woman show by spoken word artist Ellouise Schoettler uses the nurses' own words to bring their little known eye-witness story to life again. Read about her research into the letters and diaries that reveal the difficulties of everyday life for these women during 1917 and 1918 on the battlefields of France. DISPATCH readers in the national capital region can take in the show during July. Find out more about "Ready to Serve" and get performance information here.
First performance: July 9 - then four more  7/10, 7/13, 7/20, 7/23
1. Ellouise Schoettler: Performance, The Hello Girls, The MD Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore, March 2016
2. US Army Nurse tending a patient in France - photo courtesy WIMSA
3.  Hopkins Nurses of Hopkins Base Hospital 18 - taken in NYC June 12, 1917 at the docks just before boarding the USS Finland  - Photo from LOC file.
4.  US Army Nurse at the bedside - photo courtesy of WIMSA

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. It’s the 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+ 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+ people
Let us know if you plan to attend and can help us at our booth! We’ll be selling WWI CC merchandise, etc.  contact Meredith Carr at meredith.carr@worldwar1centennial.org, if you plan to be at the EAA AirVenture Airshow July 25-31.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

“Help us build the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park in our nation’s capitol. We need you to speak for these American veterans who sacrificed so much, 100 years ago. They are not forgotten if we remember.  Thank you” and include the link: ww1cc.org/memorial

The Great War Channel


Alright, as always, The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. Check them out at youtube.com/TheGreatWar.

  • From Socialist to Fascist - Benito Mussolini in World War 1 I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

  • British Artillery At The Somme - Brusilov Offensive Implodes I THE GREAT WAR Week 101

The Great War in the Sky

As we approach the Oshkosh Airshow, this week we continue with our new segment called “The Great War In the Sky".
Noted author and decorated Air Force pilot, General RG Head has created and is curating an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events on our national website.
You can find the timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
Here is Theo Mayer, our project technologist to show you what happened in the Great War In The Sky this week, 100 years ago.

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster

And now we’ll move onto 100 years ago this week on the ground with Mike Shuster. Join us again next week! Register here.


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