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Sync Call for Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12 pm EST

Rheims Cathedral--Then and Now

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1. News and Announcements

  • Upcoming April and May Events
    • April 25th- ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. MG Valenzuela is attending ANZAC day in LA. Anzac Day is on April 25th, and. ANZAC day activities will take place in San Diego, LA, San Francisco, DC, and NYC we encourage you to participate if you are local to these areas.
    • Los Angeles Trip-Chris Isleib, Dir. of Communications, and Dan Dayton will be in LA the week of April 27 to brief the entertainment industry and meet with our California volunteer Courtland Jindra and the LA Coliseum.
    • May 7th- 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Lusitania. There will be two events:
      • The event in Washington DC will be held at the National Press Club at 6:30 pm. It will consist of a panel that will discuss the role of the sinking of the Lusitania and the media on informing public opinion in the run up to America’s entry into WWI. Panelists will include: Jack Hamilton and Richard Striner; a 3rd panelist is being finalized now. Gil Klein will moderate.
      • The New York City event will consist of a wreath laying near the pier where the Lusitania launched
    • Washington DC Memorial Day Parade- WWI era packard truck will participate in DC’s parade; we are currently working with Dave Lockard to get this confirmed.
    • WWI Memorial at Pershing Park design competition- we are working towards a roll out/announcement of the design competition- all are invited to submit a design for the redevelopment. The entry fee is $100- rules and regulations will be announced mid-May
  •           Naval HIstory and Heritage Command hosted a Military Outreach/Commemorative Events Sync Meeting
    •       Thank you to Dave Werner and John DeLuca from the Communication and Outreach Division of NHHC!
    •       NHHC Invited Reps from DOD and all services, community outreach and commemorations divisions- we briefed the group on the status of the Commission
  •        Upcoming Exhibit: “War & Art: Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage during World War I.” at the Woodrow Wilson House. This is an exhibit of Italian photographs from WWI, including some of US soldiers helping them to protect art in Venice. Frances and Dan helped them find a home for it at Woodrow Wilson House. Opening Reception next Thursday, April 9

2. The Great War Weekly- this week 100 years ago

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

Today’s topic: Bombardment of Reims Cathedral

In the first week of April 1915, three more large artillery shells hit the Reims Cathedral. The bombardment of Reims Cathedral, one of the world's great treasures, was an on-going international public relations disaster for Germany. Since September 1914 photos of the Cathedral burning and exploding had appeared in all the worlds newspapers, usually with words like "crime" or "atrocity" attached.

Naturally, there were German attempts at countering this, all of it ham-handed. The local German commander announced the French were deploying artillery around the church, so the area was a legitimate target. A report of a German Counselor of State, Prof. Karl Frey of the Univ. of Berlin, was leaked to the world press that said, "even the complete destruction of Reims Cathedral would have no great importance, because cathedrals can be rebuilt."

By the Spring of 1915, the world outrage eventually led to a reduction in the shells aimed toward the cathedral, although there were random impacts on the structure for the rest of the war.

Today Reims Cathedral is considered an honored veteran of the Great War, with still-visible shell damage, broken statuary, and blanks windows replacing medieval stained glass.

Worse was to follow: 1915 Would be an on-going propaganda catastrophe for Germany

In May, the sinking of passenger liner RMS Lusitania killing almost 1200 including 128 Americans, would set off a rolling wave of diplomatic crises. Later, the same month Bryce Committee published its Report on German atrocities during the invasion of Belgium. The findings are exaggerated, but not without substance. In October, saintly British Nurse Edith Cavell would be executed in Brussels for helping Allied prisoners escape. She would be the war’s greatest martyr.

Recommended Book:

German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial Paperback by John Horne and Alan Kramer

Websites, Reims Cathedral:

http://roadstothegreatwar-ww1.blogspot.com/2014/10/western-front-virtual-tour-stop-40.html

 

Next Week

Italy Starts Down the Road to War

Questions or comments? Please contact Mike Hanlon through his website: http://www.worldwar1.com ; or email: [email protected]

3. Shout Outs:

Dr. Mitch Yockelson- for working on our stamp pitch to the US Postal Service, organizing our historical board, and Lusitania Confernce.

Todd Butler- working on the project plan for the WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Thank you!

4. How you can help the WWICC this week:

  1. If you have interest in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal () know and he will send you information on the state planning conference calls.
  1. SHOP AT SMILE.AMAZON.COM

If you have an agenda item or calendar event to include, please email Andrew McGreal before next Wednesday at [email protected].

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

 

APRIL

Thursday, 4/2, 4pm at State Rm. East, IN 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 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/

Monday, 4/13, 7 pm at the Fletcher Library, Hagerstown, MD

“The Long Shadow: World War I and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century”

Presented by Anders Henriksson, professor of history and department chair at Shepherd University. Part of the Fletcher Library’s WWI Commemorative lecture series. Henriksson will explore the social, economic, political and cultural impact of the Great War, the war to end all wars, across the 20th century and today. Reservations are not required. The event is free. For more information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 163.

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

Friday, 4/17, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST, at Forman Theater, American University, Washington, DC

World War I Film Screening: Never Forgotten

Join the American Battle Monuments Commission for a private screening of the World War I documentary, Never Forgotten, followed by a panel discussion.

The doughboys of World War I readily wore the American uniform, prepared to fight for the freedom of people they had never met. These doughboys came from big cities and farms. They left behind wives and children. They worked at sawmills, law practices and factories. They came from different backgrounds, but they all fought under the same flag. Never Forgotten follows the story of Sergeant Paul Maynard, a doughboy from Connecticut.

This event is free and open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-war-i-film-screening-never-forgotten-registration-15616441196

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

Monday, 4/27, 7pm, Coolidge Auditorium, LOC

The War that Changed the World Series

Hosted by the British Council and the BBC.

http://www.britishcouncil.org/ww1

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

Sunday, 5/17, 1–2:30 p.m. at Central Library, Sacramento Public Library, CA

“The WWI Peace Movement and the Beginning of the Surveillance State”

Part of the Sacramento Public Library’s “World War One Revisited: Focus on 1915” series. Presented by WWI scholar Jolie Velazquez of the World War One Historical Association. www.saclibrary.org

Sunday, 5/24, 2 pm at Valley Forge, PA

97th Annual 314th Memorial Day Service for The Descendants and Friends of the 314th

The Descendants and Friends of the 314th are pleased to announce the 97th Annual 314th Memorial Day Service. Our speaker this year will be Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, PhD, US Army Department of Military Strategy Plans and Operations, US Army War College.

                       Doug is a military historian, a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) and has a PhD in History, Masters in Military Operational Art and Science, Masters in Strategic Intelligence, Masters in Airpower Theory, a Masters in Strategic Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in history. He led the effort to locate the spot where Alvin York in 1918 was awarded the Medal of Honor for eliminating a machinegun nest, and captured 132 Germans. Doug’s efforts were successful, with his work being endorsed by US and French authorities. He led, planned and organized the construction of a five kilometer historic trail, replete with monuments and historic markers in the Argonne Forest, France for all visitors to walk where Sergeant York fought. His website www.sgtyorkdiscovery.com has details and maps. Doug’s book, Alvin York: a New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, is a groundbreaking biography on America’s greatest First World War hero.

                       The service will be held in the nave of the Washington Memorial Chapel as in past years. The Chapel is located along Route 23 about two miles west of the Valley Forge exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Admittance is free and refreshments will be served after the service.

www.314th.org

Contact: Nancy Schaff ([email protected] )

Sunday, 5/24, 1–2:30 p.m. PST at Central Library, Sacramento Public Library, CA

“The War that Launched a Genre: WWI and the Birth of Modern Fantasy”

Part of the Sacramento Public Library’s “World War One Revisited: Focus on 1915” series. writer and literary scholar Carrie Sessarego will give a presentation on the impacts of WWI on the writing careers of J.R.R. Tolkien, H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Charlotte Gilman and others. www.saclibrary.org

Sunday, 5/31, 1–2:30 p.m. at Central Library, Sacramento Public Library, CA

“Defeat at Gallipoli: A Tragedy in Four Acts”

Part of the Sacramento Public Library’s “World War One Revisited: Focus on 1915” series. WWI scholar and publisher Mike Hanlon will present a detailed talk on the events surrounding the English and Anzac ordeal at Gallipoli. www.saclibrary.org

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, 6/7, 1–2:30 p.m. at Central Library, Sacramento Public Library, CA

“An Inevitable War? 1915, America, and WWI”

Part of the Sacramento Public Library’s “World War One Revisited: Focus on 1915” series. Presented by WWI scholar and Vice President of the World War One Historical Association Sal Compagno. www.saclibrary.org

Tuesday, 6/9, 5:30–8 p.m. at Central Library, Sacramento Public Library, CA

Lecture on Gallipoli (1981)

Part of the Sacramento Public Library’s “World War One Revisited: Focus on 1915” series. Local historian Joseph Spink will present a short lecture on, and showing of, Peter Weir’s 1981 classic Gallipoli, starring Mark Lee and Mel Gibson. www.saclibrary.org

Sunday, 6/14 at the 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 [email protected].

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: (in order of closing soonest)

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

April 11, 2015 through June 2015

WWI Exhibit at the Burdett Mansion

Woburn Historical Society, Woburn, MA

http://www.woburnhistoricalsociety.com/coming-events/

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 July 22

Margaret Fish Rahill Great Hall at the CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, WI

Art For The Cause: French Posters from the First World War

As in the United States, France solicited the support of its citizenry, both moral and financial, through large-format posters displayed in the windows of publicly- and privately-owned venues. Countries on both sides of the Atlantic commissioned leading artists and illustrators to provide the poster designs and drawings. Despite their common intentions, the French posters took on a more tragic character than their American counterparts, reflecting the devastation of the landscape and on the lives of soldiers and their families. The exhibition is an opportunity for CAVT Museums, until recently a body under the War Memorial Corporation umbrella, to reflect on the turbulence of warfare and its portrayal in original works by the likes of Francisque Poulbot and Steinlen.

Gathered by Harriet Earling Fitch during the war years and after, the collection is a physical embodiment of an American philanthropist’s longstanding relationship with a foreign country. Long before the entrance of the United States into the conflict, Harriet Fitch (later Thwaits Dake) organized and directed the Milwaukee chapter of the Fatherless Children of France and was instrumental in the founding of the Foster Mothers of America. Both organizations and Harriet Earling Fitch’s philanthropic work focused on the care and support of the millions of children left fatherless by one of the deadliest conflicts in world history. For her efforts, she was awarded the Legion of Honor from the French government; her medal will be on display in the exhibition, along with archival news clippings that outline her achievements in her charitable and philanthropic work.

About 15 posters, generously lent by the family of Thomas Van Alyea Jr., will go on display in the museum’s great hall in this small exhibition held 100 years following WWI.

http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-permalink-25290.html

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)