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Sync-Call for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12 pm EST

Memorial at Artois

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Minutes

1. News and Announcements

  • The 7th World War One Centennial Commission Meeting is tomorrow, March 12th.
    • Persons wishing to listen to the proceedings may dial 712-432-1001 and enter access code 474845614.
    • Meeting with Director of the French Centenary Joseph Zimet
    • Meeting with Ex-Officio Commission Members and Advisors to the Commission

Ex Officios Members

  • Archivist of the United States
  • Librarian of Congress
  • Secretary of the Smithsonian
    • Appointee: General Jack Dailey, USMC, (Ret)
    • Director, the National Air and Space Museum
  • Secretary of Education
  • Secretary of State
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    • Appointee: Mr. Joseph Curtin, VA National Veterans Outreach Office
  • Administrator of General Services

     Advisors

  • Secretary of Interior , The Honorable Sally Jewell
    • Two Appointees: TBD, including one from National Parks Service
  • Secretary of Defense, The Honorable Ashton B. Carter
    • Four Appointees: TBD from US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Air Force
  • Secretary of Homeland Security, The Honorable Jeh Johnson
    • Representative : Mr. Vince Micone, Management Directorate’s Chief of Staff
    • Two Appointees: TBD from US Coast Guard and Secret Service
  • Pershing Rifle Drill Meet this Friday in Richmond, VA--our very own Rebekah Wilson and Commissioner Valenzuela, MG, USA (Ret.) will be in attendance!
  • Social Media: We post interesting information on our social media everyday. From retweets and shares from other organization to original content - highlight science and technology of WWI, historical figures, WWI Memorials, musicians, and photos - some which have never been posted on the internet! Please follow us:
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    • You can also watch us on youtube: WorldWar1Centennial

2. Then News - America Watches the War in 1915

Presented by Mr. Mike Hanlon - http://www.worldwar1.com

Today’s topic:

Ferdinand Foch and the French Army in Artois, 1915

Last week, we discussed the initial British Army offensive of the War at Neuve-Chapelle. However, the British Army was still a small factor in 1915, the brunt of the war in the west was still to be borne by the French Army.

After the Western Front was established, the French Commander in Chief, General Joffre, did not believe he had any choice but to keep attacking the enemy now occupying big parts of his nation. Also, he could not afford to let his most important allies, the Russians, to believe – for even a second – that the French were less than determined to hold up their end of the alliance.

So in 1915, in violation of the military principles of mass and concentration, the French went on the attack just about everywhere on the Western Front. Joffre would unfortunately be quoted describing this disastrous strategy as "nibbling away at the enemy."      

 artois mapToday, we are focusing on the piece of the Western Front, running from north of Paris to the channel, principally entailing the department known at the Pas de Calais. The heart of the Pas de Calais is a district known as Artois, the largest city of which is Arras about 110 miles north of Paris. Just north of Arras are a series of ridges known as the de Lorette Heights. A chap named Napoleon Bonaparte, who knew something about battlefields in France, once said, Whoever dominates the de Lorette Heights commands France. This was validated by the way in 1940, when the last big effort of the Allies to stop the German Panzers was defeated near these Heights and the Germans quickly got to the channel and turned on Paris. France soon fell.

A similar situation was very close to developing in 1915, because in the late stage of the 1914 campaign, known as the Race to the Sea, German forces had occupied the two key positions on the heights, Notre Dame de Lorette and Vimy Ridge. But in 1915 the French had their "fightingest commander" deployed there.

His name was Ferdinand Foch. Foch had sent an immortal message during the earlier Battle of the Marne:

“My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.”

After the Marne, Foch had been sent to coordinate efforts to counter German flanking efforts to the north of Paris and had succeeded admirably. For the 1915 campaign he turned his focus almost entirely on the great threat to France in the Artois and the de Lorette Heights.

A brief sidebar on Ferdinand Foch: He would have his ups and downs in the war, but was destined to become the Generalissimo of all the Allied Armies in 1918. A position roughly equivalent to General Eisenhower's in WWII. Consequently, for the American experience, he was the most important Allied general of the war.   Before the war, he was among foremost proponents of a strictly offensive approach to war. In 1914, though, his big achievements were standing on the defensive on the Marne and in Flanders.   The situation in Artois on the other hand gave him the opportunity of taking the offense once again. Unfortunately, he demonstrated over a year of trying that — like every other general of 1915 — he had no formula for breaking through the trenches.

There was constant fighting in Artois throughout 1915. Notre Dame de Lorette heights will fall to the French in a May operation, but Vimy Ridge was held by the German Army until April 1917. Its capture would be the greatest achievement of the Canadian forces in the war and Vimy Ridge now is the site of one of the most striking war memorials in the world. The German Army, however, realizing the importance of the area would hold on nearby until October 1918 when it was finally forced to evacuate the Pas de Calais.

Lorette memorialExcept for that Canadian victory, the Artois and de Lorette Heights are one of the neglected battlefields of the Great War in most English language sources. For some reason they lack the "sex appeal" of Flanders or Verdun for historians. However, consider this. On the crest of Notre Dame de Lorette rest the remains of 40,000 Frenchmen in France's largest war cemetery, and along side them is a massive, new elliptical monument, something of the character of America's Vietnam Memorial, with the names list of all the combatants of all nations who fell in the nearby area. There are 580,000 names on that monument including some Americans, ten times the number on the Vietnam Memorial.

Suggested Links:

-Overview of Foch in WWI: http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/ferdinand-foch

-Wikipedia Portal to 1915 Battles in Artois: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Artois

Recommended Reading:

Foch: Supreme Allied Commander in the Great War by Michael Neiberg

Next Week: Austria-Hungary Humbled, the Fall of Fortress Przemysl, March 1915

With questions or comments, please contact Mike Hanlon through his website: http://www.worldwar1.com ; or email: greatwar@earthlink.net

3. Volunteer Spotlight:  

CAPT Chris Christopher, USN. (Ret.)

Navy Captain, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Intelligence Officer. Member of the Foundation Board and webmaster for the WWICC

Captain Chris Christopher (USN-Ret.) served in the U.S. Navy for thirty years, five of which was spent in the Public Affairs office, and the rest in the Naval Intelligence branch. While in the navy and in his subsequent careers, Chris fostered a keen interest in history. Recognizing the significance of the First World War and its impact on the 20th-century from an early age, Chris now serves as the WWICC’s Website Publisher. His position and association with the Commission serves as a culmination of a lifetime of learning.

4. Shout Outs:

The Maryland State Outreach Team -- Eric Marr, Nancy Schaff, and MG Christopher Liens (USA Ret.) -- for swiftly effecting a Maryland State Centennial Commission!

5. How you can help the WWICC this week:

  1. We are still looking for volunteers who can assist with State Outreach. If you are interested please email Rebekah Wilson (rwilson@worldwar1centennial.org) if you are interested. These volunteers should be contacted in the next couple weeks.
  2. If you have interest in helping with state and regional organization, please let Grace Peterson (), Andrew McGreal (), or Chris Carpino () know and she or he will send you information on the state planning conference calls.
  3. SHOP AT SMILE.AMAZON.COM

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If you have an agenda item or calendar event to include, please email Andrew McGreal before next Wednesday at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org.

Upcoming Events (See below for ongoing exhibits)  newly added events listed in RED

 

MARCH

Friday, 3/13, 7pm at Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, Yachats, OR

The Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra

Concert: “For the Fallen: The Lost Composers of World War I”

The summer of 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War. The war caused the loss of an entire generation. One can only speculate on what they might have accomplished! The Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra is proud to present a concert featuring the works of composers and lyricists who were all casualties of the war. This unique concert will feature many works not heard since the death of these composers. All tickets are $10 for adults, (children and students free). For further information, as well as a full list of featured composers and lyricists, visit http://www.occorchestra.org/performances/2014-2015/winter-2015.html

Saturday, 3/14, 2pm, Wyandotte County Historical Museum, Bonner Springs, KS

“World War I on the Homefront: Persuasion and Propaganda”

This program is part of the Wyandotte County Historical Museum’s commemoration of Local Poppies: Centennial of WWI exhibition. When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, the civilian population was aware of the high casualty rates from trench warfare and the resulting low morale. It was necessary to inspire and inform people in ways that were both heroic and practical. This presentation will highlight posters, pamphlets, and sheet music that encouraged Americans to participate in the war effort. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 913.573.5002

Saturday, 3/14: Richmond, VA National Society of Pershing Rifles: John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Meet, Convention Center. Drill competition involving some 21 college drill teams plus an exhibition by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, from Washington, DC. Posting of colors by The U.S. Army Color Guard. Further information: www.prnatcon.com

Saturday, 3/14, 10:30 AM at Alameda Naval Air Museum, Alameda, CA

Hosted by World War One Historical Association, Bay Area Chapter

1914: Firepower & Maneuver in the West

Impressions of World War One on the Western Front usually focus on the stalemate of trench warfare. But the war did not start that way. There was significant troop movement on both sides during the first two months, with German armies nearly reaching Paris before they were stopped. Trench warfare also earned more than one general the sobriquet of a “donkey” who led lions, but in 1914 about one-third of the French and German generals were replaced or fired for failing to meet expectations. Why did the German armies nearly win, and why did they ultimately lose in 1914? Dana Lombardy presents a new look at the critical first 45 days of the war in the West.

Questions? Contact Sal: 510-526-4423 or sal00@mindspring.com

Sunday, 3/15, 2pm at Reedsport Church of God, Reedsport, OR

The Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra

Concert: “For the Fallen: The Lost Composers of World War I”

The summer of 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War. The war caused the loss of an entire generation. One can only speculate on what they might have accomplished! The Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra is proud to present a concert featuring the works of composers and lyricists who were all casualties of the war. This unique concert will feature many works not heard since the death of these composers. All tickets are $10 for adults, (children and students free). For further information, as well as a full list of featured composers and lyricists, visit http://www.occorchestra.org/performances/2014-2015/winter-2015.html

Tuesday, 3/17, 6:30 PM, at MSU-Billings Library, Billings, MT

Tami Haaland: Down the Close Darkening Lanes: Poetry of WWI

From historic to contemporary poets, from those who served to those who were left behind, and from the most well-known to the least-known, this presentation will provide an introduction to poets writing in English as well as translations from French and German.

http://www.msubillings.edu/ww1/

Wednesday, 3/18, 6:45-8:15 pm at the National Museum of Natural History

Erik Larson on the Sinking of the Lusitania

           Erik Larson, known for expertly transporting readers into the historical past in The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, now ushers readers aboard the Lusitania as it begins its tragic final crossing. It is a timely trip, as 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the disaster that steered America on the road to war.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania examines the transatlantic voyage that began in New York on May 1, 1915, under a cloud of anxiety. A notice placed by the German Embassy in Washington had appeared in the city’s newspapers, warning travelers sailing on British ships to “do so at their own risk.” Though the Cunard line touted the Lusitania as “the safest boat on the sea,” Germany had declared the waters around Britain to be a war zone, and for months its submarines had brought terror to the North Atlantic. The ship’s Liverpool-bound voyage would bring it within that dangerous area.

Larson presents a portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era, and brings to life a cast of characters including President Woodrow Wilson, awash in grief after the loss of his wife; Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat, a passenger carrying an irreplaceable literary treasure; Captain William Thomas Turner, who took the safety of his passengers seriously, but secretly thought of them as “bloody monkeys”; and Winston Churchill, then first lord of the Admiralty, whose ultra-secret spy group failed to convey crucial naval intelligence that might have saved the Lusitania and its passengers.

$35 for non-member (includes a copy of Dead Wake)

Thursday, 3/19, 3-4 pm at the Skutt Student Center, RM 105, Creighton U., Omaha, NE

“The Great War and the Making of the Modern Middle East”

Lecture by Dr. John Calvert. “World War I was possibly the single greatest catalyst for change on a global scale in world history. This transformative event marked the end of 19th century institutions and the beginning of a new era. The war’s impact on the Middle East was profound, as the Ottoman Empire gave way to a European colonial project that completely changed the shape of the region. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, it is important to prepare ourselves and our students to participate in the public dialogue about this important period in history.”

http://calendar.creighton.edu/event?id=50233

Thursday, 3/19 7pm at the Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA “Bombing the Cathedral of Reims

In the last lecture of the series, Thomas W. Gaehtgens examines the bombardment of Reims Cathedral by German troops on September 19, 1914. The French decried this attack as an act of barbarism, after which all cultural relations between the two nations were cut and not reestablished until long after the war. Admission is free; a reservation is required.

http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/events/ww1/

Thursday, 3/19, 8-10pm at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, Bristol, Indiana

Lecture: “Mennonites during WWI”

While World War I was waged on the fields of Europe, Mennonites here in America were active in the war effort and working towards earning conscientious objector status based on the teaching of their faith. Lecture by Steve Nolt, Professor of History at Goshen College

http://www.amishcountry.org/events/details?task=details&last_task=upcoming_events&start_date=2015-02-16&event_eid=2015012013333935

Saturday, 3/21, 2pm at Fort McHenry

Facing the Great War . . . Three short plays about Marylanders in World War I

The Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and the National Park Service at Fort McHenry present three short plays that focus on the human cost of the Great War. All performances are Free and open to the public.

1.       “Facing Battle” by Paul Christensen, directed by Tony Tsendeas

An African-American field medic and white nurse help soldiers at the front who have been wounded in body and mind.

2.       “Facing the Mask” by Norah Worthington, directed by Denise Diggs

An injured soldier at Fort McHenry battles depression and contemplates his future with the help of a Reconstruction Aide and his mother.

3.       “Facing the Future” by Natalie Pilcher, directed by Richard Pilcher

Two recovering soldiers and two local women pause during a dance at an Army hospital to contemplate their futures after the war.

Contact: Vincent Vaise 410-962-4290 Ext. 201 (NPS, Fort McHenry)

Amy Burke Friedman 410-243-3790 (Baltimore School for the Arts)

Laura Rodini 410-685-3750 (Maryland Historical Society)

Monday, 3/23, 10am at Fort McHenry

Facing the Great War . . . Three short plays about Marylanders in World War I

The Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and the National Park Service at Fort McHenry present three short plays that focus on the human cost of the Great War. All performances are Free and open to the public.

1.       “Facing Battle” by Paul Christensen, directed by Tony Tsendeas

An African-American field medic and white nurse help soldiers at the front who have been wounded in body and mind.

2.       “Facing the Mask” by Norah Worthington, directed by Denise Diggs

An injured soldier at Fort McHenry battles depression and contemplates his future with the help of a Reconstruction Aide and his mother.

3.       “Facing the Future” by Natalie Pilcher, directed by Richard Pilcher

Two recovering soldiers and two local women pause during a dance at an Army hospital to contemplate their futures after the war.

Contact: Vincent Vaise 410-962-4290 Ext. 201 (NPS, Fort McHenry)

Amy Burke Friedman 410-243-3790 (Baltimore School for the Arts)

Laura Rodini 410-685-3750 (Maryland Historical Society)

Tuesday, 3/24, 10am at Fort McHenry

Facing the Great War . . . Three short plays about Marylanders in World War I

The Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and the National Park Service at Fort McHenry present three short plays that focus on the human cost of the Great War. All performances are Free and open to the public.

1.       “Facing Battle” by Paul Christensen, directed by Tony Tsendeas

An African-American field medic and white nurse help soldiers at the front who have been wounded in body and mind.

2.       “Facing the Mask” by Norah Worthington, directed by Denise Diggs

An injured soldier at Fort McHenry battles depression and contemplates his future with the help of a Reconstruction Aide and his mother.

3.       “Facing the Future” by Natalie Pilcher, directed by Richard Pilcher

Two recovering soldiers and two local women pause during a dance at an Army hospital to contemplate their futures after the war.

Contact: Vincent Vaise 410-962-4290 Ext. 201 (NPS, Fort McHenry)

Amy Burke Friedman 410-243-3790 (Baltimore School for the Arts)

Laura Rodini 410-685-3750 (Maryland Historical Society)

Thursday, 3/26, 4pm at Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall, U. of Indiana, Bloomington, IN

World War I Revisited

Joanna Bourke, professor in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London (UK), and Susan Grayzel, professor in the Department of History at the University of Mississippi, will each present a lecture. Joanna Bourke will speak on the theme: “Designed to Kill: Combat During the First World War.” Susan Grayzel will speak on the theme: “Did Women Have a Great War? Reflections on Gender, Culture, and History.”

http://rememberingworldwari.indiana.edu/calendar/index.html

Thursday, 3/26, 7pm in the Prairie Rm., Illinois State U.

“The Great War 100 Years After: A Transnational Approach”

Jay Winter, a Yale University professor, discusses the impact of WWI. The event is free and open to the public.

http://illinoisstate.edu/president/speaker-series/spring_2015/winter.shtml

Friday, 3/27, 7PM at the Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL

IN THE TRENCHES: WWI Film Series Double Feature: Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) and She Goes to War (1929)

Cross dressing and gender bending had a place even in silent war films from the 1910s and ‘20s. Join us for this double feature and grand finale of our WWI film series curated and introduced by Wolfsonian Chief Librarian Frank Luca. Yankee Doodle in Berlin is the story of an army captain who disguises himself as a woman in order to fool the German High Command; while She Goes to War follows the tale of a curious young woman who dresses as a man and follows her fiancé into the trenches. Yankee Doodle in Berlin running time: 58 minutes; She Goes to War running time: 50 minutes. Free and open to the public.

http://www.wolfsonian.org/events/wwi-film-series-yankee-doodle-berlin-1919-and-she-goes-war-1929

Saturday, 3/28, 2pm at the Maryland Historical Society

Facing the Great War . . . Three short plays about Marylanders in World War I

The Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and the National Park Service at Fort McHenry present three short plays that focus on the human cost of the Great War. All performances are Free and open to the public.

1.       “Facing Battle” by Paul Christensen, directed by Tony Tsendeas

An African-American field medic and white nurse help soldiers at the front who have been wounded in body and mind.

2.       “Facing the Mask” by Norah Worthington, directed by Denise Diggs

An injured soldier at Fort McHenry battles depression and contemplates his future with the help of a Reconstruction Aide and his mother.

3.       “Facing the Future” by Natalie Pilcher, directed by Richard Pilcher

Two recovering soldiers and two local women pause during a dance at an Army hospital to contemplate their futures after the war.

Contact: Vincent Vaise 410-962-4290 Ext. 201 (NPS, Fort McHenry)

Amy Burke Friedman 410-243-3790 (Baltimore School for the Arts)

Laura Rodini 410-685-3750 (Maryland Historical Society)

Saturday, 3/28 - Sunday, 3/29 at the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, IN

WWI Re-enactment

The museum has build a 50-yard long trench that will be open for tours and used in re-enactment battles. The event includes both indoor and outdoor displays.

http://indymilitary.com/events/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1532110717061006/

APRIL

Thursday, 4/2, 4pm at State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union, U. of IN, Bloomington, IN

“Crowd-funding, Grassroots Democracy, and American Volunteerism: Development of the National World War I Museum and Memorial”

Matthew C. Naylor, president and CEO of the National World War I Museum, will talk about the development of the museum and memorial as an example of grassroots democracy. A reception will follow the lecture in State Room West.

http://rememberingworldwari.indiana.edu/calendar/index.html

 

Saturday 4/11, 10 AM at San Jose State University

Hosted by World War One Historical Association, Bay Area Chapter

The First Modern Jihad: The Ottoman Empire in World War 1

Darin Leviloff will describe the role of the Ottoman Empire in World War 1 and the impact of its involvement on today's world.

Saturday, 4/11, 6:30pm at the Indiana University Cinema, Bloomington, IN

Screening of Archangel

Part of IU Cinema’s “WWI: 100 Years Removed” series. Tickets required but are free of charge.

http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/?post_type=film&p=8153

Sunday, 4/11, 8-10pm at Memorial Hall, UNC Chapel Hill

Hotel Modern and Arthur Sauer – The Great War

1914-1918. Millions of soldiers wrote letters to their loved ones from the trenches. Millions died in the fire and mud. Millions came home with stories that could not be told or heard. In this startlingly original live animation performance, Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer delve into the brutal trench warfare of World War I to address the timeless horrors of combat. Performers roam staggeringly convincing miniature worlds created from household paraphernalia, armed with tiny video cameras and projecting scenes onto a giant movie screen as World War I testimonies and soldiers’ letters are read aloud, capturing the heartbreaking realities of war.

http://events.unc.edu/event/hotel-modern-and-arthur-sauer-the-great-war-1/

Saturday, 4/11 - Sunday, 4/12

Rockford World War I Days Re-enactment

https://www.facebook.com/groups/618282191528717/

Sunday, 4/12, ALL DAY at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

“Day in the Life: Soldier's Burden”

Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on the tremendous burdens placed on soldiers during the war. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Sunday, 4/12, 7:30-9:30pm at Memorial Hall, UNC Chapel Hill

Hotel Modern and Arthur Sauer – The Great War

See above.

http://events.unc.edu/event/hotel-modern-and-arthur-sauer-the-great-war-2/

Tuesday, 4/14, 6PM at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

Reception Featuring Slovenia Ambassador & The Woods Are Still Green Screening

Bozo Cerar, Slovenia Ambassador to the U.S., will visit the National World War I Museum in conjunction with a free public reception at 6 p.m. in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby. The reception precedes a screening of the internationally acclaimed Austrian film The Woods Are Still Green at 7 p.m. in J.C. Nichols Auditorium. The 2014 film tells an enthralling story about a group of Austria-Hungarian artillery soldiers located in the mountains on the southern front opposing Italy during World War I and their experiences coping with the nightmares of war. Free to the public with RSVP.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Tuesday, 4/14, 7 PM at Spanos Theater, Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

“An Evening with Max Brooks”

As part of the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries’ Book & Author Series, best-selling author Max Brooks will speak about his latest book, The Harlem Hellfighters. The graphic novel chronicles the little-known story of the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. They spent longer than any other American unit in combat and displayed remarkable valor on the battlefield. Despite extraordinary struggles and overt racism, the ‘Hellfighters’, as their enemies named them, became one of the most successful—but least celebrated—regiments of the war. Tickets are on sale now. VIP tickets are also available.

For more information:http://www.pacslo.org/calendar/event/an_evening_with_max_brooks

For tickets and more information:http://slolibraryfoundation.org/

Wednesday, 4/15, 4pm at Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union, U. of IN, Bloomington, IN

“The Centenary of the First World War: Commemoration or Celebration?”

Part of the O'Meara Lecture Series. Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War and a fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford, will deliver this year's annual Indiana University Patrick O'Meara International Lecture. Sir Strachan is a distinguished military historian and an authority on the First World War. A reception will follow in the IMU Solarium.

http://rememberingworldwari.indiana.edu/calendar/index.html

 

Sunday, 4/19, 1PM at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

Great War, Great Films: Love’s Labour’s Won

A group of soldiers return from the trenches in Autumn 1918. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out. Christopher Luscombe directs the Royal Shakespeare Company in the second of Shakespeare's matching pair of comedies, better known as Much Ado About Nothing, that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Sunday, 4/19, 2 PM at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

The Road to Hell? Intentions, Uncertainty and the Origins of World War I

A century after the outbreak of World War I, there is still little consensus on its causes. The lessons learned are of particular importance for the United States and the world today. University of Notre Dame Professor Sebastian Rosato specializes in the theory and history of great power politics and will question established explanations and develop new arguments about the causes of the Great War. A pre-lecture program courtesy of University of Notre Dame Films begins at 1 p.m. The event is part of the Hesburgh Lecture Series and is presented in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Kansas City. Free to the public with RSVP.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Friday, 4/24, 1pm at Solarium, Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana U., Bloomington, IN

Australian Intervention in the Great War: The Definition of a Nation

IU President Michael A. McRobbie will present a lecture and a question-and-answer session about Australia’s role in the Great War. A reception will follow at 2 p.m. An honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University in 2007

http://rememberingworldwari.indiana.edu/calendar/index.html

 

Saturday, 4/25, 8am at the USS Midway, San Diego, CA

2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Commemorative Services

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Sunday, 4/26, 10am at National Cemetery Rostrum Flag Pole Circle, Westwood, CA

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Sunday, 4/26, 11am at Log Cabin, San Francisco, CA

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Sunday, 4/26, 1pm at the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO

Lecture/Book Signing: Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary

Photographer Jeffrey Lowdermilk, who traveled extensively through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany where his grandfather, George Carlson, served with the American Expeditionary Forces, discusses his book, a stunning presentation of photographs that have been paired with diary entries written by his grandfather during World War I. This event is free and open to the public.

http://www.mohistory.org/node/10618

Monday, 4/27, 10:30am at the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO

Lecture/Book Signing: Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary

See above.

http://www.mohistory.org/node/10618

MAY

Saturday, 5/09, all day at Veterans Memorial Hall, Lamar, MO

Captain Harry S. Truman World War 1 Symposium

The Truman Day celebration in Lamar Missouri will feature a WW1 Symposium at Veterans Memorial Hall (1100 Broadway). The all-day family friendly program starting at 9:00AM will be of interest to all age groups. Displays of uniforms, photos, art work, and news articles of the WW1 era in America will be available for public viewing. Ancestors of WW1 veterans are encouraged to bring in photos, letters and other family keepsakes for a question and answer sharing time with historians that will provide insights on their veteran’s experiences, and answer questions about military units and battle campaigns during their time of military service. For further details on the event contact Kavan Stull @ 417-673-1051.

Symposium Event Schedule

9:00    Opening ceremony with Doughboys on parade

9:15    Announcements of WW 1 Symposium Events

                      Displays open to public viewing

9:30    Discussion Q & A - Family Artifacts, Photos, Veteran Stories / Sharing time

10:00   Historian Shannon Kelly – WW1 Living History American Soldier Portrayal

10:45   Historian Michal Price – The Great War in Springfield

11:30 Historian Gary Larson – “Missouri Over There” – Missouri State Library Program

                      Family Artifacts, Photo and Document Digitization

12:00   Hawthorne Band on Stage Performance – Popular songs and music from the WW1 era

1:00    Historian Shannon Kelly – WW1 Living History American Soldier Portrayal

2:00    Historian Shannon Kelly – Belgium Battle Field Visit & 1914 Christmas Truce

3:00    Missouri Park / Historic Site Specialist Beth Bazal – Captain Harry S. Truman

4:00     Historian Shannon Kelly – WW1 Living History American Soldier Portrayal

5:00    Closing Ceremony      

SATURDAY, 5/9 - SUNDAY, 5/10 at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO “WW1USA Amateur Radio Station”

The National World War I Museum is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA from the grounds of the Museum for 31 consecutive hours from Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 10 at 5 p.m. During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. Free to the public.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

JUNE

Thursday, 6/4, 6pm at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, IL

“Kenneth C. Davis, The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah

Bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis shares his unique, myth-shattering, and insightful look at war—why we fight, who fights our wars and what we need to know but perhaps never learned about the growth and development of America’s military forces.

http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/kenneth-c-davis-hidden-history-america-war/

SUNDAY, 6/14--National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO--“Day in the Life: Medical”

Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on medicine during the war. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Saturday, 6/20, opening at 8:30am at the Maryland War Memorial Building, Baltimore, MD

The Spring 2015 World War 1 History Symposium

Hosted by the Western Front Association East Coast Branch

Join Us For An Exciting Day-Long Program in World War 1 History! Events and presentations include: “America’s U-Boats: Terror Trophies of World War I”; “Unfulfilled Nightmares of WW1 Bombing”; “The Lost Sketchbooks: A Young Artist in The Great War”; “Quantity AND Quality? - Your Edwardian Naval Race”; and “Gallipoli: A German Perspective.” Cost: $35 per person, $10 students. For more information on the symposium, contact Branch Chairman Paul Cora at pbcora@earthlink.net.

WFA website:www.westernfrontassociation.com.

JULY

Sunday, 7/12 at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

“Day in the Life: Soldiers of the War - The Eastern Front in 1915”

Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on what life was like for soldiers serving on the Eastern Front in 1915. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, 9/12 - Sunday, 9/13 at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

“WW1USA Amateur Radio Station”

The National World War I Museum is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA from the grounds of the Museum for 31 consecutive hours from Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. Free to the public.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Sunday, 9/13 at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

“Day in the Life: Trench Warfare”

Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on what life was like for soldiers during trench warfare in World War I. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Saturday, 9/19 All day at San Jose State University

Event on The First Air War.

Co-sponsored by The League of World War One Aviation Historians. This event will include leading speakers, vendors, model displays, art exhibit, evening banquet, and much more. More information to come!

Saturday, 9/26 at the Philadelphia Seaplane Base, Essington, PA

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the aviation training facility, as part of the Preparedness Movement , in Essington PA. The base became Chandler Field in 1917 and remains open as an FAA Seaplane Base called the Philadelphia Seaplane Base.

OCTOBER

Sunday, 10/11, All Day at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

“Day in the Life: Soldiers of the War - The Western Front in 1915”

Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on what life was like for soldiers serving on the Western Front in 1915. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

DECEMBER

Saturday, 12/12 - Sunday, 12/13 at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

“WW1USA Amateur Radio Station”

The National World War I Museum is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA from the J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby for 31 consecutive hours from Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. Free to the public.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Sunday, 12/13, All Day at the National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

“Day in the Life: Christmas During the War”

Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on how Christmas was celebrated by soldiers during the war. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Ongoing EVENTS/EXHIBITS:

Current (in order of closing soonest)

Ends March 20, 2015

Local Poppies: Centennial of WWI

Exhibition at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, Bonner Springs, KS

For more information, call 913.573.5002

Ends March 21

“Women and the Great War”

Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) on Stanford University Campus. Free admission. More info at:

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2014/12/12/suffering-and-suffrage-women-and-the-great-war-on-view-at-stanfords-hoover-institution

Ends March 22, 2015

“Natalia Goncharova’s Mystical Images of War, 1914”

University of Notre Dame Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN

http://sniteartmuseum.nd.edu/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/natalia-goncharova-s-mystical-images-of-war-1914/

Ends March 22, 2015

“Greenwich Faces the Great War”

Greenwich Historical Society, Cos Cob, CT

Exhibition hours: noon to 4:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday

Admission: Free to members. $10 for adults; $8 for students and seniors. http://www.greenwichhistory.org./current.php

Ends April 05 2015

“Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture”

Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL

The First World War was radically unlike any earlier armed conflict. On the occasion of the centenary of the start of the war, this exhibit shows how artists, designers, and filmmakers responded to the unprecedented qualities of the war: new technologies, from aircraft to chemical weapons to tanks; the massive mobilization of armaments industries on the home front; the grinding everyday experiences of soldiers in trenches along stationary fronts; and the immense scale of destruction that the war entailed. The exhibition focuses on the role of myth in giving comprehensible form to the shattering realities of the war, and on the relationship between humans and machines as a key theme of wartime visual culture. Among the paintings, sculpture, posters, books, and photographs included are many rare and unique items that will offer an unfamiliar view of a conflict that changed the world.

http://www.wolfsonian.org/explore/exhibitions/myth-and-machine-first-world-war-visual-culture

Ends April 5, 2015

“A Fatal Pass: Entrenchments on the Alpine Front”

Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL

Photographs by Milan-born artist Luca Artioli capture the remains of First World War trenches in the Stelvio Pass as they appeared in June 2014 during his visit to the region. The installation coincides with The Wolfsonian’s current exhibition, Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture.

lucaartioli.com

Ends April 12, 2015

Over By Christmas: August-December 1914

National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO

Many thought World War I would be over in days, surely by Christmas. To many, Christmas was a time of peace and goodwill towards others, the Celebration of the Prince of Peace. Each cause was just. God was on their side, but the war was not over by Christmas. Located in Exhibit Hall. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/over-christmas

Ends April 15, 2015

Exhibit: “France Besieged During World War I and the American Women Volunteers Who Came to Its Aid”

Ritter Library, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio

The touring exhibition includes photographs and silent film footage celebrating the work of the 350 American women who left the United States between 1917 and 1924 to assist French civilians whose communities were decimated by the war.

http://www.bw.edu/news/french-wwi-exhibition2015/

Ends April 19, 2015

“World War I: War of Images, Images of War”

Getty Research Institute Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

http://news.getty.edu/press-materials/press-releases/world-war-i-war-images-images-war.htm

Ends Apr. 29, 2015

Reading and Discussion Program: Our World Remade: World War I

Huntington Memorial Library, Oneonta, NY

Participants will come together over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Mark Simonson, the City Historian for Oneonta. Participants will explore the history and literature of "the war to end all wars." Reading texts will be provided by the New York Council for the Humanities. Registration is required.

-Informational Meeting: Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30 p.m.

-Series Dates: 6 Weeks, Wednesdays, March to May, 6:30 p.m.

http://hmloneonta.org/

Saturdays in April, 11am

Hands-On History

National WWI History Museum, Kansas City, MO

History is brought to life during this family-friendly program, where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts in the Museum main gallery. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

https://theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events

Ends May 6, 2015

Exhibit: World War I with America’s March King

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, U of Illinois

This exhibition explores Sousa’s musical contributions to America’s war effort and how this music reflected his acknowledgment of the sacrifices that were made by all Americans who fought in this military conflict.

http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/7?eventId=32123862&calMin=201502&cal=20150217&skinId=1

Ends June 14, 2015

“Over There! Posters from World War I”

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/over-there

Ends July 19, 2015

“World War I and the Rise of Modernism”

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.

http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/exhibitions/WWI.cfm

Ends Summer 2015

“The Faces From the Great War”

The George C Marshall Museum, Lexington, VA

Artist Edwin Dooley, Jr.’s collection of pencil-on-paper portraits of well-known soldiers in WWI

http://marshallfoundation.org/newsroom/news/dooley-present-faces-great-war/

Ends August 3, 2015

Exhibit: Professor Harding and the Illinois Bands During WWI

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, U of Illinois

This exhibit investigates the challenges that A. Austin Harding, director of U of Illinois’ band, faced as many of his band’s members enlisted in the army and navy in 1917 after America entered the war, and highlights the role that Harding and his bands played to support that nation’s war effort.

http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/7?eventId=32123866&calMin=201502&cal=20150217&skinId=1

Through Aug. 16

Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

New York Public Libraries, New York, NY

http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/overhere

Ends August 31, 2015

“Fancy Flying: Aviation at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition”

San Francisco Airport, Departures Level 3.

Free admission. More info at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/fancy-flying

Ends September 25, 2015

Exhibit: Many Voices: The Great War in America's Songs

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, U of Illinois

This special exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History depicts the diverse portrayals of soldiers’ lives, recruitment of African-American soldiers, women’s support for the war effort, and the country’s financial and personal sacrifice through the melodies, lyrics and graphic illustrations of sheet music that were produced between 1917 and 1919.

http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/7?eventId=32123867&calMin=201502&cal=20150217&skinId=1

April to October 2015

The Making of the Great Humanitarian: Herbert Hoover and World War I

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch, IA

This special exhibition includes exhibits on: World War I Trench; Stranded Overseas: Americans at the Savoy Hotel; SS Hannah Ship Replica Leads the Way; and a Belgian Village

http://www.hooverassociation.org/newsevents/hoovercookie.php

Ends December 6, 2015

“City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair”

California Historical Society

Admission $5. Info at: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/exhibitions/current_exhibitions/ Archival video footage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQm6ttaHtcc

IU Art Museum

Dada and Constructivism: World War I and Radical Modernism

This exhibition showcases the art world’s transformation in the wake of World War I. Many Russian artists sought orderly, rational responses to the chaos of the war. Their work came to be known as Constructivism and was characterized by clean lines, geometric structure, and an absence of violent imagery. Many artists on the Continent, particularly in Germany, rejected traditional aesthetic values and espoused antiwar philosophies. These artists formed the Dada movement and experimented with new materials and techniques, often relying on shocking imagery to convey their political messages. This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.

http://rememberingworldwari.indiana.edu/calendar/index.html#

UPCOMING Exhibits

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

“World War I and American Art” -November 2016 – April 2017

http://www.pafa.org/wwi/

New York Historical Society, May – Sept. 2017)

(third venue: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, October 2017- January 2018)

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