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Sync Call for Wednesday September 07 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1.  Norwich University agrees to take on leadership of WWI commemoration in Vermont

2.  Halsey Hughes joins WW1CC staff

3.  WW1 Historical Association battlefield pilgrimage tour presentation

4. Defense News video interview on 100Cities/100Memorials & WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Read more below - Watch the video above


Sync Call Minutes
September 7, 2016

Update from the States

Exciting news! Last week we had a meeting with Norwich University President Richard Schneider and his staff. We’re happy to announce that Norwich University has agreed to take on leadership of WWI commemoration in Vermont. We look forward to cementing our relationship with Norwich and helping them get Vermont up and running.
And speaking of Norwich, Norwich’s Sullivan Museum & History Center has a new exhibit opening this week and running through May 2017. The exhibit is called “World War: America and the Creation of a Superpower” and examines the way WWI & WWII have defined the country’s place in the world.
Featured objects include propaganda posters from both the Museum’s own collection, as well as posters on loan from the Pritzker Military Museum. These posters offer a fascinating look into how war objectives were communicated to the country. Also on exhibit will be a rare complete “Hello Girls” uniform,  trench art, uniforms, medals and objects from the field.
We encourage you to check it out if you’re in the area.
Norwich U: “World War: America and the Creation of a Superpower” Exhibit:

New York City
In New York City, a platoon of living history reenactors will bring World War I Doughboys to the Governors Island National Monument on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, for a free exhibition.
Living history at Governors Island National Monument, Sept. 17:

Upper Mid-West Region Meeting - Sept. 13:
If you are attending, we want to let you know that you need to register either my email Susan Mennega or on the page we are showing you by clicking on the “Add To Bag” button and registering.
This will also get you registered for free to that evening’s special book talk from author Nimrod Thompson Frazer who will discuss the recently released 3rd edition of:  "Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division".
For more information or questions contact: Susan.Mennenga@worldwar1centennial.org
There is a draft of the agenda in the handout section of your control panels

News and Announcements

New Commission Staff Member
We’re happy to announce that, as of yesterday, Halsey Hughes has joined our team as a staff assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Halsey went to the Bowdoin college in Maine and comes to us fresh off of an internship with Rep. Cleaver’s office. He’ll be a great addition to our staff and we all look forward to working with him!

June 2017 Tour- WWI Historical Association- WW1HA President, Sal Compagno.  The  World War One Historical Association will organize and lead an eight-day pilgrimage to the American battlefields next June. Mr. Randy Gaulke will manage this program.
WW1 Historical Association's Pilgrimage Website:
It contains links to both the tour flyer and the registration form.
Randy attended our very first Trade Show in June of 2014 in DC.  Helped with FB recruiting.  Continues to participate in all of our #hashtag campaigns and I have donated to the Memorial project.  

Centennial Countdown August 1916
Dennis Cross has posted the August of his Centennial Countdown blog.
“It's August 1916.  The second anniversary of the outbreak of the World War coincides with the beginning of the American presidential campaign. 
In the war, both sides suffer heavy losses on the Somme, an Italian battleship is destroyed by a mysterious explosion, and the Italian Army mounts another attack on the Isonzo.
On the Eastern Front, the Brusilov Offensive makes gains in Galicia, and Romania enters the war on the side of the Allies. 
The United States agrees to buy the Danish West Indies (soon to be renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands) from Denmark.”
To read more about the Centennial Countdown Blog, visit:  http://centennialcountdown.blogspot.com/

Mike Hanlon and his team has published the September issue of the TRIP-WIRE.
Highlights of this ST. MIHIEL TRIP-WIRE issue include:
  • America's World War I Memorials

  • Run-up to the Russian Revolution

  • New Impressions of the Somme Battlefield from a Long-time Visitor

And much more.
To read the St. Mihiel Trip-Wire visit this website: http://www.worldwar1.com/tripwire/smtw.htm

WWI Commemorative Coin/ US Mint
Finalists have submitted their final design plasters-  in review now.  The jury will meet in the upcoming weeks to choose a winning design concept. The coin will then go into a review board with various agencies, including the CFC and others.
We will unveil the final design in early 2017 and the coin will go on sale January 1, 2018.

Spring Internships
We’re continuing to welcome our Fall interns this week. But guess what? It’s time to start recruiting for the spring semester! We have a wide range of internship opportunities involving areas such as program management, fundraising, public affairs, and IT. If you know anyone who’s interested in interning with the Commission this spring, send them to www.ww1cc.org/intern for more information and to apply.
WWICC Internships: www.ww1cc.org/intern


Saturday, Sept 24 Yockelson to talk Pershing at National Book Fest
Dr. Mitchell Yockelson, a member of the World War 1 Centennial Commission's Historical Advisory Board, will be featured at  the16th Anniversary National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at the Washington Convention Center. Yockelson will lecture on General Pershing as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces. Referencing his recent book on the AEF, he will discuss how, through excellent leadership, the Americans accomplished what the French and British failed to do over the preceding four years: defeat the German Army.
Library of Congress Bookfest: https://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

September 30, 2016
The Next meeting of the WWI Centennial Commission will take place at the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH in conjunction with the 2016 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous that weekend- many thanks to the National Museum of the US Air Force and Mr. Walter Grudzinskas (Grood-zen-skas), our Ex Officio Member at USAF for extending the invitation.
Commissioner Dalessandro will address the crowd at the Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Saturday, October 1 at 11:30.
WWI Centennial Commission meeting:

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park - ww1cc.org/memorial

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.
Recent Media Coverage:
Commission Chair interviewed by HistoryNet
World War One Centennial Commission Chair Robert J. Dalessandro did a long interview with HistoryNet last week, touching on the broad range of Commission mission, plans, and activities, and the importance of building a national World War One memorial in Washington, DC.  The interview also highlights the extensive educational efforts that the Commission is encouraging, as well as state and local commemoration efforts. 
Commission Chair interviewed by HistoryNet:

DEFENSE NEWS piece with our Director of Public Affairs, Chris Isleib,  aired in DC on Sunday at 11am, on WJLA - ABC
highlighting the 100 CITIES/100 MEMORIALS program, and the new World War I Memorial for Washington DC.
DEFENSE NEWS piece with our Director of Public Affairs, Chris Isleib:

The Great War Channel https://www.youtube.com/TheGreatWar

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

  • 10 Rare and Obscure WWI Era Guns

  • The Invention and Development of Submarines

  • Romania Joins the War- week 110

The War in the Sky: Theo Mayer - ww1cc.org/warinthesky
As you know 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 chronology of aviation history timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
This week’s episode will be presented by Theo Mayer, our Chief technologist

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster

And now we’ll move onto 100 years ago this week with Mike Shuster - This week also looking into the skies.

Join us again next week! Register here.

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