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1. News and Announcements:

Connecticut and the Great War--Call for Papers due July 15
Several Connecticut historical organizations are sponsoring a one-day conference called Connecticut and the Great War on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The meeting will be held at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT and will feature speakers from diverse backgrounds discussing a wide variety of topics that focus on the any and all aspects of World War I in Connecticut.
Historical society and museum personnel, graduate students, independent scholars, teachers, and members of the academic community are all invited to make presentations. To be considered, you must submit a paper title, abstract, and a short c.v. to the conference organizers. The application deadline is July 15, 2015. Their website can be found here.

World War I Symposium in Alabama
Next week, on June 22 the Alabama Department of Archives and History will host Remembering the Great War: A Symposium on World War I. This is a free public symposium featuring noted scholars who will discuss the causes and consequences of the Great War, the experiences of the soldiers and communities who sent them, and the ways in which we have and continue to remember the War's significance. The event will be held on June 22, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama. More information here.

Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - Save the Date
The Pritzker Museum and Military Library located in Chicago, Illinois would like to extend an invitation for the volunteer representatives in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin which comprise the World War I Centennial Commission’s Upper Midwest Region to a collaborative meeting. The meeting will be held on 16 September, 2015. The purpose of this meeting is to provide updates on the strides each state has made in the planning efforts for the centennial. Additional information will be announced in the near future.

Design Competition 
As you know, last week we officially announced the our competition for the design of the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park! Details about the competition, as well as the competition manual can be found hereYou can also help make this restoration a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund.
They deserve a memorial. We can build it for them. Share this link on social media and on your organization's website--however you can get the word out. We cannot do this without your support. Thank you.

Stamp Committee Letter
We completed and mailed our letter to the stamp committee last week. Did you?- let us know so we can brag about you! 

State Commission Status MapsStates’ Status
We are always asking for volunteers in different states, and we wanted to take some time to explain why we are doing this. Each state has its own level and contribution to the war and we really want to encourage each state to do something for the centennial. Outreach to all 50 states and territories is no small task and we can’t hope to really get the ball rolling without your help.. We are only aware of 5 states that have established commission/committee to commemorate WWI and 10 that are on the verge of creating commissions.... that means 35 states are seeing little movement on this activity, is your state one of them? We need your help, please get involved. We have a team that works on this and is dedicated to supporting our volunteers across the U.S. on this topic. You will be surprised the amount of movement one volunteer can make, a drop of water in a lake can create a wave on shore.

Pershing Park Photospheres
We have some Pershing Park Photospheres on our WW1CC Google+ page. Check them out here!
You can make your own, too! Just Download Google's Camera app to your phone and use the PhotoSphere setting to take 360° pictures of your local WWI monuments and memorials. The app shows you where to point the camera and then stitches the photos together to create the image. Send them in to us and we'll post the best submissions!
Check out this link for a tutorial and this link for more information.

Next Commission Meeting
We are just one month away from the next Commission Meeting - 15 July 2015 at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City. The Commission Meeting is open to the public and we will provide a call in number for those who can’t make it to Kansas City. We encourage you to join us or listen to the commissioners make decisions about our future. We want to the thank the Museum and great partner for hosting this event. We can’t wait to visit the memorial in its new designation as a NATIONAL WWI Memorial and Museum.

 

2. Volunteer Spotlight

James Patton, Kansas State Outreach Volunteer

James Patton does not have an academic background, nor does he claim to be a professional historian. He had a brief military career in the army. Interestingly, his interest in the First World War began 40 years ago when he started collecting British army badges; he began focusing on the Great War after noting that many of the regiments he had researched had participated in the conflict. When he retired 11 years ago he was able to broaden his interest in, and knowledge of, the First World War by taking DVD courses, attending conferences and watching conferences on YouTube. At present he has taken seven battlefield tours (and plans a further trip later this year).

James has a keen interest in the First World War and is able to contribute significant time to the work of the commission. He first became involved in the work of the commission by contributing to Mike Hanlon’s blog. Subsequently, he has been active in a number of ways, including: helping to write a letter to the Governor of Kansas, which was sent to the VA and American Legion; writing college and university letters; and letters to state historical societies. James highlighted that in 2014 projects to commemorate the war were set up by Kansas University. Yet, a state commission is needed in Kansas, but this is not within the scope of executive authority and will need legislative approval.

 

3. Shout Outs:

Allison Finkelstein - not only does she tirelessly do a variety of activities for the commission, she also recruits volunteers. Hardly a week goes by that Allison has not found a great new volunteer for the commission. Her passion for our organization is noticed and we appreciate all she does for us.

David Dorsey for always asking Mike Hanlon thoughtful questions! Thanks, David!

 

4. How you can help the WWICC this week:

  1. Help us get a WWI stamps series!
    Help us Get a WWI series of stamps!! We need help from all of your organizations. The USPS uses a committee to choose stamps for the upcoming years and they take suggestions by letter. We know that they are considering a WWI stamp for 2017. We want to not only ensure that this happens, but also encourage them to create a series of stamps throughout the centennial period. We will send out the template to everyone on our Sync Call roster. You can edit as you see fit, place it in your letterhead, even provide suggestions of what you think the stamp should be. You can only pick a subject USPS has their own designers. We just ask that you ask them to do a series of WWI stamps. We are getting ready to send ours off, but we want to make sure this happens. Please please please take this template or just make your own and suggest to the stamp committee to make WWI series of stamps throughout the centennial. You can submit the letter as an organization or as a person. Thank you in advance. Here is a link to to post office stamp selection process.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 last two videos are:

The Author of All Quiet on The Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque: WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?
June 15, 2015. All Quiet On The Western Front is surely the most prominent anti-war book and book about World War 1 of all time. The German author Erich Maria Remarque fought on the Western Front until he got wounded. During his recovery he collected stories from his comrades and started writing the book. Just one year after publication, a movie was made in the US where Remarque later emigrated to.

Rex Warneford Destroys A Zeppelin - Austria Digs Into the Mountains: THE GREAT WAR - Week 46
June 11, 2015. Reginald Warneford is important to Britain's war effort. Not just because he shot down a German zeppelin, but because he is made a hero in times when heroes are needed. He receives a Victoria Cross soon after his victory because the commanders know about the average lifespan of pilots in World War 1. Meanwhile, the Austro-Hungarian army digs into the alpine rocks to fend of the Italian Attackers and Gallipoli continues to be a butchery without any progress.

 

6. The Great War 100 Years Ago

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

The Gallipoli Campaign Stumbles On — Some Notable Participants

Future National Leaders

• Col. Mustafa Kemal, Commander 19th Division, Founder of Modern Turkey
• Major Clement Atlee, South Lancashire Rgt. (Wounded)
• Capt. Stanley Melbourne Bruce, Royal Fusiliers at Helles, Future Prime Minister of Australia

Future Senior Commanders

WWI

• John Monash, Division Commander, Later Commanded ANZAC Corps, Including U.S. Forces
• General Henri Gouraud, Commanded French Contingent, (Wounded) later commanded French 4th Army during the2nd Battle of the Marne
• General Julian Byng, Oversaw the strategic withdrawal from Gallipoli, later commanded the Canadian Corps on Western Front

WWII
• Lt. Bernard Freyberg, Royal Naval Division, later commanded New Zealand forces in WWII
• Lt. William Slim, (Wounded), Commanded Allied Land Forces SE Asia WWII and became Governor General of Australia.
• Sgt/Capt Keith Park, NZ Artillery, key RAF commander in Battle of Britain, 1940-41

Heroes
• John Simpson Kirkpatrick, 3rd Field Ambulance, the Man with a Donkey (KIA)
• Cpl Seyit Cabuk, Fortification artilley. Carried 500 lb shells to guns when the hoist broke.

A Unique Loss
• Lt. Harry Moseley, 13th Division (KIA), Cavendish Laboratory identified the "Atomic Number." Considered the greatest experimental physicist of the time.

Unique Careers Ahead
• Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Troop Transport Service, Became advocate of a therapeutic polio treatment
• Keith Murdoch, Father of Media Tycoon Rupert Murdoch, War Correspondent, Wrote a scathing "Gallipoli Letter" that criticized the military command and influenced the decision to withdraw. Later built a newspaper empire in Australia
• Charles Kingsford Smith. Dispatch Motorcycle Rider at Gallipoli, Later made the first trans-Pacific flight U.S. to Australia, 1928

War Poets:
• Lt. Rupert Brooke, Royal Naval Division, Died of Mosquito Bite and Blood Poisoning enroute. First notable War Poet of 14-18.
• Cpl. Francis Ledwidge, 10th Irish Division, (Later KIA at Passchendaele) wrote, "The Irish in Gallipoli"
• Leon Gellert, 10th Battalion AIF (wounded) - Finest Australian poet of the Great War, wrote, "The Last to Leave"

Next Week: The First of Eleven Battles of the Isonzo Begins

 Australian Digger carrying a wounded comrade down from Walker's Ridge to a medical aid post.

Upcoming Events

If you have an agenda item to include, please email Andrew McGreal before next Wednesday.

If you have an event for our calendar, please submit it here.

For a listing of events and exhibits, please visit the Commission Events Page. (We are in the process of transitioning into this calendar--please bear with us if your event does not appear immediately. Thank you.)