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Sync Call for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Noon EST
Belgian machine-gunners with rudimentary gas masks, 1915
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Minutes

1. News and Announcements

    • A big welcome Susan Mennenga, WWI Project Manager from Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the founding sponsor of the US WWI Centennial Commission.  Susan is here in Washington this week and we look forward to working with her.  Thanks Susan and PMML for your support.

    • ANZAC Day is coming up this Saturday, April 25. This day originally honored the Australians and New Zealanders who fought at Gallipoli; now it is a day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in any war or conflict. There are several ANZAC Day events being held across the country including:
      • In Washington DC on April 25 there will be a dawn memorial service at 5:45 am at the Korean Veterans War Memorial and aCommemorative Church Service at 10:00am at the Washington National Cathedral.
      • In New York City on the 25th, there will be a dawn service at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza at 5:45am and on April 26, there will be a commemorative service at 10:30am at the ANZAC Memorial Garden (RSVP required).
      • In San Diego at 8am on April 25 there will be a commemorative service at the USS Midway.
      • At the National Cemetery Rostrum Flagpole in Westwood, CA there will be commemorative services starting at 10am
      • Make sure to check if an RSVP is necessary for the event. Also, check out your local Australian or New Zealand Consulate for ANZAC events that aren’t listed.

    • To mark the 100th anniversary of Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” and to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, Flander’s House is hosting the Annual In Flanders Fields Memorial Tuesday, May 12, at 10:00 AM at Clinton War Memorial in De Witt Clinton Park, NYC. Please confirm your attendance before May 1 by RSVPing to [email protected]

 

  • NYC Lusitania Wreath Laying on Thursday May 7
  • Washington DC Lusitania Panel on Thursday May 7
  • Mention we are getting closer to announcing the Design Competition for the national WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- More details are coming soon  - stay tuned. Let people know that it is coming. Get your design hats on- all are welcome and encourage to submit a design.

  • Col. Terry Finnegan: Col. Finnegan is author of two works on WWI.  The first, Shooting the Front by Terrence Finnegan, is on aerial recon has received great attention internationally.  His second, recently reviewed and recommended to us by Mike Hanlon, is titled A Delicate Affair.  In A Delicate Affair, Col. Finnegan examines how America learned to fight a modern war in the Woëvre trenches. After doing research on the Woëvre trenches Col. Finnegan unearthed the story of Louis Ziegra. Col. Finnegan believes that Ziegra’s bravery deserves to be recognized with a Medal of Honor.  
          

2. Volunteer Spotlight

James Whitfield, WWICC Commissioner

Life Member of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars in the United States, and BPO Elks. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II having served in the Far Pacific, North Atlantic, and Indian oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea, aboard the same ship for 33 months. He has been an active member of The American Legion since 1946, having served in many capacities including Executive Director at their national headquarters.

Commissioner Whitfield first became involved with WWI when he became involved with the American Legion in 1946 after his return from the Second World War. He got to know several WWI veterans including a founding member of the American Legion. Since then he has been actively involved in veteran affairs and continues to be to this day. He believes it is a great honor and responsibility to be a Commissioner with the WWICC and that he will do his best to uphold this honor.  

 

3. Shout Outs

Kevin Douglas, Ryan Hegg, and Lissette Fong, for organizing the Lusitania Wreath Laying in NYC

Brendan Terrio, for helping us build some software for our event database on the website!

 

4. How you can help the Commission this week

  • A CALL TO ARMS: The Commission needs volunteers!
    • Belgian Embassy Open House—Saturday May 09
      • There will be a small WWI exhibit. We are looking for volunteers to help us staff this event. It will go from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Ideally volunteers would work in two to three hour shifts passing out information about the commission and our activities.
    • UK Embassy Open House—same day, same time as the Belgian Embassy Open House
    • We need a volunteer in the Washington DC area to guide Dave Lockard and his Packard truck from Rt. 15 in Virginia to Fort McNair before the Memorial Day parade. 
    • Memorial Weekend at the US Navy Memorial—Saturday May 23 and Monday May 25. We need people to man a table during several wreath laying ceremonies at the memorial.
    • Please email [email protected].
  • If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  • Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.

 

5. The Great War Channel

Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War channel. Posting twice a week, ‘The Great War’ shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918. The host, Indy, takes you back week by week and shows you what was going on in the past. Please subscribe to see these great posts. Their lastest two videos are: 

  1. “The Religious Leaders During WW1: OUT OF THE TRENCHES”
    April 20, 2015. Indy sits in the chair of wisdom again to answer your questions about World War 1. This week, he is explaining the role of the religious leaders during the war and what role the South American countries played.

  2. “Hybris - A General's Worst Enemy: THE GREAT WAR - Week 38”
    April 16, 2015. This week, generals on three different fronts show that they are not able to realize their mistakes. Basra falls to the British, the quick victory at the Dardanelles is getting more and more unlikely and the Russians are losing their advantage in the Carpathians. But not the commanders have to pay the price for their mistakes, the soldiers have to.

 

6. The Great War Weekly: This Week 100 Years Ago

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

Second Battle of Ypres 

100 Years ago today the German Army launched what would turn out to be their only major attack on the Western Front in 1915.  Its objective was to eliminate the bulge in their line that had been created in late 1914 around the town of Ypres, Belgium

Some things to remember about the battle:

While this battle saw the first effective use of gas in the war, it was not the first ever use; there were earlier attempts to use irritants like tear gas. The Chlorine Gas (an asphyxiate) used was developed under the guidance of future Nobel Laureate and associate of Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber, who was Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physical Chemistry. The gas attack, which initially hit the French Colonial Corps north of Ypres, was successful beyond expectations, opening a 4-mile gap in the Allied line. Fortunately for the allies there were not sufficient German troops available to exploit the gap.

The job of closing the gap fell on the 1st Canadian Division on the right flank of the French Colonial Corps. Their successful attack, the evening of 22 April around a place called Kitchener Wood, was later called by Marshall Foch "the greatest single achievement of the war." They suffered 75% casualties in making the assault. The battle continued for a month around the entire perimeter of the Salient with more use of gas.042215 ypres map 450

The Results:

  • 70,000 Allied Killed and Wounded, 35,000 for the German Army
  • The Ypres Salient was shrunk but not eliminated
  • The Allies accelerated their own Chemical Warfare efforts.
  • It led to a chain of events that resulted in the red poppy becoming the symbol of the First World War.

(A Note From Mike: I understand I made an error in my discussion of the origins of the Red Poppy tradition today.  I believe I said that Moina Michael (American) had borrowed the idea from the Royal British Legion and spread it to America.  It is clear from my post-meeting research, though, that Moina should be solely credited with first creating the Red Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.  My apologies to all for this error. Here is a good site that summarizes the story: http://www.greatwar.co.uk/people/moina-belle-michael.htm)

Resources:

Books:

  • Magnificent but Not War: The Second Battle of Ypres 1915 by John Dixon
  • In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield and Janet Wilson

Websites:

  • http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/canada/canada4
  • http://roadstothegreatwar-ww1.blogspot.com/2015/04/100-years-ago-gas-attack-at-ypres.html

Next Week:  The Land Campaign at Gallipoli Opens

Questions or comments? Please contact Mike Hanlon through his website: http://www.worldwar1.com

 

Upcoming Events (See below for ongoing exhibits)  newly added events listed in RED
If you have an agenda item or calendar event to include, please email Andrew McGreal before next Wednesday.

APRIL

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, April 25, 5:45 am - 6:15 am at the Korean Veterans War Memorial, Washington DC
ANZAC Day Dawn Memorial Service
Please arrive by 5:15 am

Saturday, April 25, 10:00am - 11:30am at the Washington National Cathedral
ANZAC Day Commemorative Church Service

Saturday, April 25, Time: 5.45am to 6.15am
Vietnam Veterans Plaza 55 Water Street, New York City
ANZAC Dawn Service
Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC Day on 25 April to recognize the sacrifices of New Zealand and Australian servicemen and servicewomen – not only in defending their country but in upholding their nations’ firmly held commitment to peace and security. 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Guests please arrive by 5.30am
Dress (military): Service dress or equivalent with medals
Dress (civilian): Respectful attire. Please come prepared in case of cold or inclement weather
RSVP: Not required for attendance
Wreaths: Community groups are invited to lay a wreath during the Dawn Service and we request that any groups that wish to participate contact us on the email addresses below. Individuals may place a wreath or poppy at the memorial as a tribute after the formal service.
Project coordinators:
New Zealand Consulate General Colleen Grindlay: [email protected]
Australian Consulate General Peta Pike[email protected]

Saturday, 4/25, 8am PST at the USS Midway, San Diego, CA
2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Commemorative Services
Save the Date! 

Sunday, 4/26, 10am PST at Nat’l Cemetery Rostrum Flag Pole Circle, Westwood, CA
2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Commemorative Services
Save the Date! 

Sunday, April 26, 10:30am to midday
ANZAC Memorial Garden, Rockefeller Center 620 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, NYC
Anzac Commemorative Sunday Service
Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC Day on 25 April to recognize the sacrifices of New Zealand and Australian servicemen and servicewomen – not only in defending their country but in upholding their nations’ firmly held commitment to peace and security. 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Guests, please enter on the south side of West 50th Street
  Entry: Photo identification is required as a condition of entry and bags may be searched
  Dress (military): Service dress or equivalent with medals
  Dress (civilian): Respectful attire. Please come prepared in case of hot or cold weather as there is no shelter at the Garden
  RSVP: Essential –Owing to extremely limited capacity, available seats will be allocated to the public via a lottery system with a maximum of two (2) passes for each successful ballot. Passes will be confirmed in the week of 20 April. We apologize in advance to those who miss out and suggest attendance at the Dawn Service which is the main Commemoration Service and where capacity is not limited.PleaseRSVP here:https://docs.google.com/a/worldwar1centennial.org/forms/d/1ZW5kga3v2EfJq_2Anmf6pWqmB531dMz-kwLOOd833P4/viewform?edit_requested=true
Project coordinators:
New Zealand Consulate General Colleen Grindlay: [email protected]
Australian Consulate General Peta Pike: [email protected]

Sunday, 4/26, 11am at Log Cabin, San Francisco, CA
2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Commemorative Services
Save the Date! 

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

Thursday, May 7, 10am EDT, Pier A Battery Park, 
NYC Lusitania Wreath Laying 
On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 10am, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission will host a wreath-laying ceremony at City Pier A, in Manhattan’s Battery Park, New York City, to honor the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The location is symbolic, as the pier’s clock tower houses the first memorial dedicated to World War One in the United States. Further, the location overlooks the Statue of Liberty, and is not far from Pier 54, where the RMS Lusitania departed on her final voyage. This event is free and open to the public. Honored guests and descendants of Lusitania passengers will attend, including Dr. Libby O’Connell, Commission member and the Chief Historian of the History Channel. http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/events/lusitania-sinking-centennial-event-new-york-city.html

Thursday May 07, 6:30pm, National Press Club, Washington DC 
Lusitania Panel Discussion Program  
On May 7th, 2015, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission will host a panel discussion at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB in Washington, DC, at 6:30pm to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania. This program is free and open to the public and will feature panelists John Maxwell Hamilton, Prof. Richard Striner, and RADM Samuel Cox (USN, ret.). Discussion will focus on the wartime role of Lusitania, the worldwide reaction to her tragedy, and the impact of Lusitania’s sinking on public opinion in the United States. http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/events/lusitania-sinking-centennial-event-washington-dc.html

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

Tuesday, May 12, 10 am at Dewitt Clinton Park, Manhattan
Annual In Flanders Fields Memorial
Event memorializing the 100th anniversary of the “In Flanders Fields” poem by LT COL John McCrae (May 1915).

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

Saturday, May 23, 11am EDT, US Navy Memorial, Washington DC
Rolling Thunder Wreath Laying Ceremony

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

Monday, May 25, US Navy Memorial, Washington DC
US Navy Memorial Day Events

 10am EDT: Fleet Reserve Association Wreath Laying Ceremony
1pm EDT: USN Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony with USN Band & Ceremonial Guard
2pm EDT: Veterans Writing Project presentation

Wednesday, May 27, Noon EDT at the Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC
21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era
As part of the NHC’s “Authors on Deck” series, LCDR Benjamin Armstrong discusses his book 21st Century Sims, which examines turn of the 20th
 century Adm. William S Sims role at the forefront of naval affairs. Despite his dramatic impact on the U.S. Navy, Sims’ books and articles are often overlooked. His lessons are especially important for today’s military, facing budget cuts as well as missions in transition. This book is a collection of Adm. William Sims’ written work, and it investigates his relevance in addressing the questions facing today’s military personnel and policymakers.
http://navymemorial.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, M
“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, 9/13at 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 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

April 11 to May 1, 2015
World War I Centennial Exhibit
Chan Shun Library at Southwestern Adventist University
SWAU's department of social sciences and history are partnering up with the Chan Shun Centennial library to present an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. Attendees will have the chance to view artifacts and experience a trench replica. This is an interdisciplinary project that will interest both academic scholars and the general public.
https://calendar.swau.edu/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=1765&information_id=4374&type=&rss=rss

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

Opening June 1, 2015
“The Lost Generation: Orleans County's Contribution to World War One”
The Cobblestone Society & Museum, Albion, NY
http://cobblestonemuseum.org/content/museum-exhibits

Opening June 1, 2015
“ARE YOU 100% AMERICAN?”
The Cobblestone Society & Museum, Albion, NY
An Exhibition Featuring World War One Propaganda Posters and Newspaper Headlines
http://cobblestonemuseum.org/content/museum-exhibits

May 9–September 20, 2015
Mine More Coal: War Effort and Americanism in World War I Posters
University of Michigan Museum in Ann Arbor, MI
-During World War I, the American Government used a powerful poster campaign to rally all troops and farmers, housewives and shipbuilders, “old-stock Americans” and immigrants to the cause. Propaganda, commodity, and art came together in WWI posters. This exhibition presents rarely displayed WWI posters from UMMA’s collection.
-The focus of the exhibition is posters directed at coal miners. These works explore the larger themes of supporting the war effort and Americanism. Coal mining communities were microcosms for the social and economic pressures when the United States entered the Great War in 1917. Coal was a central resource for the war, yet the immigrant workforce was considered unreliable because of increasingly frequent workers’ strikes. Posters also addressed anxieties about the definition of American culture and its readiness for war.
http://www.umma.umich.edu/view/exhibitions/2015-mine-more-coal.php

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

Ends 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

Through April 2016
Exhibit: “The Year of Navy Reserve Centennial”
Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC
http://navymemorial.org/yonr

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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