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Sync Call for Wednesday July 27 at 12pm EDT








News at a Glance

1. A day of Free Professional Development sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the WWI Centennial Committee for New York City

2. WWI Historical Association Bay Area Chapter is hosting a special presentation at San Jose State University on August 13 at 10am

3. "The Osh-16 Adventure Gallery” - a pictorial diary at ww1cc.org/osh16

4. New promotional video titled "Lest We Forget: Lessons From The Forgotten War” at ww1cc.org/video

Read more below!


Sync Call Minutes
July 27, 2016

Update from the States

As mentioned last week, the Virginia WWI & WWII Commemoration Commission is hosting a series of informational meetings.  The next one in the DC area will be in Prince William County at the National Museum of the Marine Corps next Tuesday August 2 at 10:30 am.

Save the date- Preparations for the next  Upper MidWest Region Meeting continue. The meeting will be held on September 13 at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago at 1 pm Central Time.
Susan Mennenga has been hard at work planning this event and has managed to arrange representatives from most of the Upper Midwest states. States outside of the UMW region are welcome to attend. Please reach out to Susan at SMennenga@pritzkermilitary.org or to the National Coordination Team at NCT@worldwar1centennial.org for more information.
New York City
An exciting opportunity for those in and near New York City:
A day of  Free Professional Development sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the WWI Centennial Committee for New York City on Tuesday, August 23 for grade 5-12 teachers at the New-York Historical Society, 2nd floor classroom.
This full day of instruction will include a morning lecture with Columbia University Professor Kenneth T. Jackson on World War I as seen through the lens of New York City as well as an afternoon session with the Gilder Lehrman Institute's Director of Education, Tim Bailey, on Teaching Literacy through History - a session focused on teaching World War I in the classroom.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. This free program is limited to 40 participants, with spots allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Email education@gilderlehrman.org if you have any questions and to reserve your spot.
For those out in California in the Bay area, the WWI Historical Association Bay Area Chapter is hosting a special presentation at San Jose State University on August 13 at 10am PT. Dr. Karen English will present: “American World War One Poetry: Beyond the Cult of the Soldier Poet.” She will speak about Joyce Kilmer, Alan Seeger, Mary Borden, Lucian B. Watkins, and John Peale Bishop, all of whom served in the war.
Twentieth-century scholars of British and American literature accepted two premises: war poetry is strictly defined as "the lyric, ironic, antiwar, masculine voice that speaks from personal experience about the ghastliness of modern warfare"; and American war poetry of the era is inferior in scope and artistry to verse produced by the poets of the British Empire.
Admission is free!

State Outreach Collaboration Call
The Collaboration Call will return from its summer hiatus in two weeks time on Thursday August 4 at 12pm ET.
We've got an exciting line-up for our first Call back that we’ve titled: "Teaching WWI". This call will showcase some excellent projects and topics to include:

  • 'Understanding the Great War' - a bimonthly education newsletter chock full of information, guidelines, and primary sources for teaching WWI created by the WWICC and the National WWI Museum & Memorial.

  • WWI-themed Maker Activities designed by the WWICC and 4-H that teach children about the war and its technologies through hands-on, intuitive activities.

  • WWI-themed Traveling Trunks- simple, portable, easy-to-create mini-exhibits that promote hands-on, interactive education about WWI.

If you want to check out some of this call’s content ahead of time, I encourage you to visit ww1cc.org/education for the'Understanding the Great War' education newsletter.

News and Announcements

We are almost caught up on the minutes for the Sync-call. You can find the archive of past shows at ww1cc.org/sync-call

2. OSHKOSH 2016
To chronicle the Commission's participation, we have published "The Osh-16 Adventure Gallery” - a pictorial diary of the WW1CC team's journey to, participation in, and return from the premiere aviation event. The trek to Wisconsin stopped at a number of World War 1 Memorials en route at ww1cc.org/osh16

The Commission has just published a new promotional video titled "Lest We Forget: Lessons From The Forgotten War”.
This short, 2.5 minute piece offers context for WWI and what it actually means to us today.
It features our very own Sync-Call contributor, radio personality and Blogger Mike Shuster, author Max Brooks, Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Gordon Sullivan (Ret.), Commissioner Col. Thomas Moe USAF, Ret.), Senator Richard Burr, NC, Chairman of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Col. Robert Dalessandro (Ret.) and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
The video can be viewed in the WW1CC website’s video library at WW1CC.org/video
There is a link to download the video so you can use it for your own WWI Commemoration promotion and applications (with attribution to the US World War One Centennial Commission).

4. 100 Cities / 100 Memorials
We officially kicked off the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials last week. This week we have a new article featuring Pritzker Military Museum and Library’s President & CEO Kenneth Clarke, who talks about why the program is important, and his own personal connections to the centennial of the Great War. We are putting the link to the article in the chat room and you can learn all about the program at ww1cc.org/100Memorials.

Fall interns and beyond!
We’re still looking for interns for Fall 2016!  Our internships provide interns with a fantastic opportunity to work very closely with a tight-knit staff in both a government and non-profit setting. We offer opportunities in program management, fundraising, public affairs, and Infrastructure Technology.
If you are interested or know someone who is- please visit ww1cc.org/intern

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Efforts to build the National WWI Memorial at PP proceed apace. As always, we need your support! Help us speak for our lost generation. Visit  ww1cc.org/memorial today to contribute to this great cause.

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.

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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