Sync Call for Wednesday February 17 at 12pm EST
News at a Glance
1. Black History Month
2. "Creating Your Own Digital Footprint"
3. Challenge Coins
Read more below!
Help the WW1CC!
- Donate! Go to our donations page.
- Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
- Help with state and regional organization! 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.
- Wear official WW1 commemorative merchandise with pride! Head over to the Commission shop for a full selection.
News and Announcements:
Updates from the States
Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.
MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk on Monday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m.
The Virginia WWI Centennial Committee is moving towards combining efforts with their state’s WWII Commemoration Committee. The WWII Commemorative Advisory Council met in December and in early January with a small core planning group from their WWI counterparts. This potential partnership would enhance and maximize the use of resources and of human energy and institutional engagement. Several groups and institutions such as the Library of Virginia, the MacArthur Memorial, the Virginia Historical Society, Veterans groups and the Virginia War Memorial, as well as the Department of Education are already involved in both commemorations. There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm in our WWI group and it seems we will be able to find common ground and merge their efforts seamlessly.
Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Susan Mennenga and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library will host the next Upper Midwest Region Meeting at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago on Thursday, March 17. Please save the date- details and an agenda to follow in the coming weeks.
Special State Outreach Seminar: “Creating Your Digital Footprint” - Feb 18
For those state commemorative bodies that are organized and interested in building a state webpage on the national commission’s website, the national state outreach team with host a special state outreach seminar called “Creating Your Digital Footprint” on Thursday February 18 at 12pm EST. The call is intended for those individuals who will actually be their state’s section of the website.
If you would like to be added to the Collaboration Call roster, email Andrew McGreal.
Black History Month
Capitol Hill Briefing
Representatives Rangel, Cleaver, Bishop and Brown will host a Capitol Hill briefing celebrating Black History Month on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The briefing will focus on the contributions that African Americans made during World War I.
Noted speakers include: Prof. Pellom McDaniels of Emory University, who will discuss the impact of World War I on African Americans socially, politically and economically; Prof. Joel Beeson of West Virginia University, who will note the uncanny parallels between our present moment in history and the time before, during and after World War I; and Prof. Jeff Sammons of New York University, who will recount the first African American regiment to fight in World War I, the 369th Infantry Regiment.
“Make Way for Democracy”
The National WWI Museum and Memorial in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute is featuring an online exhibit called “Make Way for Democracy” which portrays the lives of African Americans during the war through a series of rare images, documents and objects. View the exhibit here.
George S. Robb: From Salina to Park University to Pershing's 100 Heroes of the War
On MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial , WWICC Historical Advisor, Dr. Jeffrey Sammons will speak about WWI Hero George S Robb’s participation at the Second Fort Sheridan Officer Training Camp, assignment with the white-led, mostly black 369th Regiment of New York and life as a celebrity long after the war.
- On Monday, February 22, WWICC Dir. of Operations, Rebekah Wilson, will speak at the American Legion Auxiliary Annual Conference here in Washington, DC.
- Also next week, Sunday the 21st through Wednesday the 24th.Commissioner Tom Moe will be representing us at the 2016 National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs Mid-Winter Conference in Alexandria, VA. We will have a booth at the conference and Commissioner Moe will also on the agenda to update the NASDVA on our efforts.
- WWICC Ex Officio Member and Member of the Historical Advisory Board, Dr. Mitch Yockelson will begin his book signing tour on March 4 here in the Washington, DC area. Mitch’s new book is on the Argonne campaign: Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I
We will offer to our partners the opportunity for them to buy challenge coins with our logo on the obverse and theirs on the reverse. Let us know if you’re interested.
‘Education’ is one of the Commission’s key tenets. We are inviting all volunteers who want to participate to a special conference call where we will discuss education and how they can help us in that department. We will host that call later in February. If you are interested please contact Rebekah Wilson.
Volunteers Needed: Mentors - we are ramping up our internship program and we need volunteers who can help mentor our interns. Our interns want to specialize in a variety of fields; you can help them along their career paths with a conversation or two and some resume assistance. Please contact Rebekah Wilson if you want to help and we will connect you with an intern interested in your field.
National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park
Visit ww1cc.org/design to check out the winning design team and their design concept.
Please remember that even with this perfect design, we can’t build a memorial without donations. The Memorial is estimated to cost around $25 million and that figure will change depending on the winner. We can’t hope to complete the memorial by the centennial of Armistice Day if we don’t have enough money. We will need all that cash in hand before the end of 2017 to make that due date. Every dollar donated will be matched by our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.
You can make this memorial a reality by making a donating $11.11 today to the Memorial Fund. These veterans deserve a memorial. We can build it.
WW1 Commemorative Merchandise
The WW1CC merchandise store is open on our website! Go online to get your own fine-crafted piece of WW1 commemorative merchandise and to support the Commission all at once. We have an exciting and varied line of products available for purchase - check it out today!
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The Great War Channel
Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War Channel. Posting multiple times 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 latest videos are:
Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria : WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?
Published on Feb 15, 2016. Even the appointment of Ferdinand I to become ruler of Bulgaria was not without controversy. All across Europe, leaders didn't see him fit to do the job. Controversy followed him throughout his life, the Balkan Wars and the First World War when he had to see the defeat of his country. Find out all about that other Tsar in our episode.
Was Cocaine Widely Used During World War 1? : OUT OF THE TRENCHES
Published on Feb 13, 2016. Indy sits on the Chair of Wisdom again and answers two more surreal questions about cocaine and zombie attacks this week.
The Generalissimo Goes Forth : THE GREAT WAR - Week 81
Published on Feb 11, 2016. The situation for the Italian soldiers was dire during the winter battles, but even though Luigi "The Generalissimo" Cadorna maintained a tight grip on the strategy used, the equipment of the Italian soldiers was greatly improved. At the same time, the Russians were advancing on Erzurum in the Turkish Caucasus and war at sea counted a few more casualties on all sides.
If you have an agenda item to include, please email Andrew McGreal by the Monday before the next Sync Call.
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For a listing of events and exhibits, please visit the Commission Events Page.