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Sync Call for Wednesday August 3 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Camp Sherman Dig Reveals Surprises

2. Coca Cola Foundation grant to the 369th Experience

3. "The Great War" PBS series to premiere April 2017

4. Black Tom Explosion from German Saboteur - Centennial commemoration

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Sync Call Minutes
August 03, 2016

Update from the States

Camp Sherman dig in Ohio reveals WW1 surprises
In Ohio... Camp Sherman, the third-largest U.S. Army training base in World War 1, was built in record time in 1917 near Chillicothe (chil-akoth-E), Ohio. The site was abandoned less than two years after the war. Almost 100 years later, excavations at the camp’s site ahead of a road project are revealing surprising insights and remarkable artifacts, and raising awareness of the Camp Sherman’s heritage.
To learn more about this project, you can visit the Commission’s website (http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/1293)
or contact the project directly: email Camp Sherman Muse @ Horizon View Dot Net (campshermanuse@horizonview.net)

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

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

Coca-Cola Foundation grant to 369th Experience
Exciting news!
The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a grant of $200,000 to go towards the 369th Experience Project. This program, sponsored by the Commission, and led by Executive Producer Stephany Neal, is designed to honor the 369th Infantry Regiment, and their famous musical ensemble, with a slate of public performances and art exhibitions during the centennial period of World War I.
Read more about the generous grant and the 369th Experience on our website: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/1294

“The Great War” to premiere on PBS in April 2017
PBS and American Experience have announced that “The Great War,” a six-hour, three-night event, will premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “Doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
Find out more about this major WW1 television event on our website at

National World War I Museum Attendance Record
We’d like to give a big congrats to National WWI Museum out in Kansas City- our friend and partner broke its all-time record for attendance in a single month this past July with more than 28,000 guests admitted. They broke their previous record by nearly fifteen-hundred (1500). What an accomplishment! We hope you guys break your record again soon!

Centennial Countdown Blog
Dennis Cross of Kansas has posted the July 1916 installment of his Centennial Countdown blog.  By July 1916, the warring nations have fully embraced total war. Furious battles are now raging on multiple fronts in Europe- Verdun, the Somme, and on the Eastern Front.
In the United States, the presidential election campaign gets under way and Congress passes preparedness legislation for the Army and Navy.  Bombs go off in San Francisco and New York Harbor; the perpetrators are unknown but American anarchists and German saboteurs are on the list of suspects.  Anglo-American relations are strained by Great Britain's inclusion of American firms on its "Black List."
Read all about it on Centennial Countdown Dot Blogspot Dot Com.  

The St. Mihiel Tripwire
The August issue of Mike Hanlon’s newsletter, the TRIP-WIRE,  is now available.
Highlights of this month’s edition include features such as:
  • The World War I Commemoration Must Be Local (Too)!
  • What the Battle of the Somme Means to a Yank
  • Practical Lessons from Delville Wood
  • Built Under Fire: The Havrincourt Bridge
  • Addictive World War I Mystery Series
And much more!
Check it out at  

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.


SPECIAL GUEST: Black Tom Centennial

July 30 marked the centennial of the infamous Black Tom explosion. We have a special guest today, Jonathan Luk, who will talk a little bit about Black Tom and about an event held this past weekend at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey to commemorate the explosion’s centennial.
You can also read about Black Tom on the Commission’s website.


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