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Sync Call for Wednesday August 10 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Texas Planning conference 8/12 - UMC conference 9/13 - Lots of other news from states

2. Ambassador Tod Sedgwick was sworn in as Commissioner

3.  New website feature - ww1cc.org/tools

4. 100 Cities / 100 Memorials launches blog

5. Carrie Phillips from PBS' American Experience introduces "The Great War" PBS Flagship Series coming up

6. PMML and  Library of Congress Events

Read more below - Watch the video above


Sync Call Minutes
August 10, 2016

Update from the States

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.

8 am CST Friday, August 12
Will be live streamed:

Last call. Last call for our August 12th Conference in Austin. RSVP (or recheck the event details) at
Confirmation. If you've already RSVP'd to attend, we're looking forward to seeing you! We've had a few cases of attendees viewing the conference site, but their registration was not recorded without clicking the button marked sign me up at the bottom of the conference invitation page. You should have received an email immediately after RSVP'ing titled, Thanks For RSVPing to Texas WWI Centennial Planning Conference. If you registered online,but didn't receive this confirmation email, contact us immediately (or simply re-register on the link site -- we'll screen out any duplicated responses).

GoToWebinar. Can't make it but still interested in the details? Our partners at the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission are supporting remote access to the event via GoToWebinar. You can attend virtually but must register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1123514343108076033
Participants can also listen in using their telephone or computer mic & speakers (VoIP). Call in to +1 (415) 655-0052 (U.S. access only). Audio PIN will be shown after joining the webinar.
Post-Conference Information. We'll provide conference summary notes, a link to the GoToWebinararchived presentation, handout copies, presentation slides, etc. on our Google Drives shared drive later this month.
Thanks for your interest in Texas and Texans in the Great War.

Shown on the screen here is a set of slides the Va. WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission has been using in a series of information sessions around the state. 
Info sessions for local partners
Tourism Marketing Grant offer- deadline is Aug 31

North Carolina
At the end of July, the North Carolina WWI Centennial Commission met to plan out their commemorative events for the centennial of America’s entry into WWI.
As it stands now, events include an April 7 evening symphony performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with spoken word from Wilfred Owen’s works, as well as a NC Museum of History Exhibit Gala. 
Commemoration would continue on April 8 with a wreath laying ceremony at the WWI section of the memorial on Capitol square, the opening of a new WWI exhibit at the Museum of History, and another evening symphony performance.
We’ll share more information on these events as it becomes available.

In 1916, Mexican Revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa, led a raid against the U.S.-Mexican border town of Columbus, New Mexico. The U.S. government sent U.S. Army General John J. Pershing to capture Villa in an unsuccessful nine-month incursion into Mexican sovereign territory that ended when the United States entered World War I. Among Pershing’s troops were members of the Delaware National Guard.
On Saturday, August 20, at 10:30 a.m., General Kennard Wiggins, Jr., USA, (Ret.), will present a special program -In Pursuit of “Pancho” Villa: The Delaware National Guard’s 1916 Mexican Border Service -at the Delaware Public Archives about the Delaware troops who served in this campaign. This presentation, a Delaware World War I Centennial Event, is sponsored jointly by the Delaware Public Archives and the Delaware Heritage Commission. Copies of General Wiggins’s new book, Delaware in World War I, will be available for purchase at the event, with a book-signing to follow.
The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour.  No reservations are required. 
Delaware Archives events & programs: http://archives.delaware.gov/outreach/publicprograms.shtml
For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.

State Outreach Collaboration Call
Our next State Outreach Collaboration Call will take place Thursday September 1 at noon eastern time. This call will focus on the Commission’s upcoming Countdown  to Veterans Day campaign. This is a yearly campaign aimed at increasing awareness of WWI in the lead up to Veterans Day, which was originally called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of WWI.  The call will lay out how you can get involved with this campaign and the tools & resources we have available for it.

State Outreach Collaboration Call - NEW REGISTRATION
Starting with the next state outreach call, we will switch platforms and begin using GoToWebinar to host it (like we already do for the sync call).
That means the phone number and web link will change. You’ll need to register in order to join the call. You only have to do this once.
New SOCC Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5156713208829555970
Questions about the SOCC? Please email Andrew McGreal at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

News and Announcements

Ambassador Tod Sedgwick was sworn in as Commissioner
New members of the DAB:
Ambassador Penne Korth Peacock
  • Amb. Timothy Chorba
  • Amb. Louise Oliver
  • Amb. Laurie Fulton

New Website Features!
New Commission Tools & Resources page: ww1cc.org/tools
We have launched a new website navigation aid this week called "Resources, Activities & Tools”. The website is becoming so rich in content that we feel that we need to provide some alternative ways to access the rich resources the site offers.
We’d like to introduce you to a new landing page at ww1cc.org/tools which takes you to a wall of action tiles, each of which represents something you may want to do on the website such as “Find resources for you state WWI Commemoration” or “Teach your students about WWI” or “Contact the commission” or any number of other things. We invite you to check it out at ww1cc.org/tools and also welcome your suggestions for other activity tiles you think we should include. Send you suggestions directly to theo.mayer@worldwar1centennial.org.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials Blog on ww1cc.org/100Memorials
As up know, 100 Cities / 100 Memorials is a $200,000 matching grant giveaway for restoring ailing WWI memorials. The program launched a new project Blog this week for those who want to stay informed and and up to date about the program’s activities. The blog features an on-going series of articles about the program, the participants, their projects, the matching grant competition, as well as  profiles about memorial projects from around the country. People who subscribe to the blog will get notifications when new information or articles are posted. You’ll find the blog in the left side menu at ww1cc.org/100Memorials. Blog post suggestions are welcome. Contact Theo.mayer@worldwar1centennial.org

“The Great War” to premiere on PBS in April 2017- to mark the 100th anniversary of the US entry to war

Carrie Phillips
Director of Audience Development
American Experience
Chika Offurum, the marketing manager for the PBS flagship history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.  

Here’s a link to the press release about The Great War: http://www.pbs.org/about/blogs/news/pbs-and-american-experience-announce-the-great-war-to-premiere-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 http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/1296

Oshkosh in review: ww1cc.org/Osh16

These were arranged by the EAA folks, appeared before the show began

2016 Oshkosh Merchandise still available:  http://shop.worldwar1centennial.org/merchandise-gifts-awards

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 18 | 6:00 p.m.

A discussion about the 100-year-old 1st Infantry Division with LTC Shawn M. Bault of the 1st Infantry Division and Dr. Paul Herbert of the First Division Museum at Cantigny.
Nicknamed "The Big Red One" or "The Fighting First," the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division has served in every major U.S. conflict since its founding in 1917.
As part of the Army's continuing initiative to build and sustain a connection with the American public, Lieutenant Colonel Shawn M. Bault, G5 Chief of Plans for the 1st Infantry Division and Dr. Paul Herbert, Executive Director of the First Division Museum at Cantigny visit for a free program to discuss the foundation, combat and subsequent major operations of this nearly 100-year-old division. Presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs, Midwest and the First Division Museum at Cantigny.

Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on World War I in 2017
The Library of Congress—which holds the largest multi-format collection of materials on the American experience in World War I—will present a major exhibition in 2017 to commemorate the centennial of The Great War.
The exhibition will examine the upheaval of world war, as Americans experienced it—domestically and overseas.  In the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, the exhibition will open in early April 2017 and close in January 2019.  Initially, it will feature 200 items, but during its 18-month run, numerous other artifacts will be rotated into the display.
The exhibition will feature correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and various other artifacts from the war.  The collections of the Veterans History Project will be interwoven throughout the exhibition to give voice to the wartime experiences of those who served.
The exhibition will be organized into four sections:

“Prologue” will feature debates about whether Americans should enter the war or remain neutral and examine early efforts at international aid by the United States.
“Over Here” will explore mobilization for war by the U.S. government and citizens, including enlistment, training, victory gardens, Liberty Bond drives, censorship and the significant contributions of women and African-Americans to the war effort.
“Over There” will highlight the overseas experiences of American soldiers and medical volunteers as they experienced industrialized warfare with its new deadly technologies.
“Epilogue” will touch on the war’s effects, as national borders were redrawn, returning soldiers tried to reintegrate into America, and jazz spread across Europe.  It will examine the challenges to racial inequality domestically and internationally, and it will look at new global forces the war helped to unleash, including the Russian Revolution and a worldwide epidemic of influenza.
Now through April 2017, the Library of Congress is featuring twice-monthly blogs about World War I, written by Library curators who highlight stories and collection materials they think are most revealing about the war.  The blogs can be viewed atwww.loc.gov/blogs/.
An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I is currently on display at the Library of Congress.  “World War I: American Artists View the Great War” is on view through May 6, 2017 in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  An online version can be viewed at www.loc.gov/exhibits/american-artists-view-the-great-war/.

Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on World War I in 2017:

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.

  • Flamethrowers - Anti Aircraft Guns I OUT OF THE TRENCHES

  • The British Naval Blockade of Germany I THE GREAT WAR Special

  • Germany's Grandeur - Analyzing the War Effort I THE GREAT WAR Week 106


The War in the Sky: Theo Mayer -


Noted Author and highly decorated combat pilot,  RG Head has contributed and is curating an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events on our national website.
You can find the timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
This week’s episode will be presented by Theo Mayer, our project technologist

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster


And now we’ll move onto 100 years ago this week on the ground with Mike Shuster.


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