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Sync Call for Wednesday February 24 at 12pm EST

Verdun Poster

News at a Glance

1. Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - March 14

2. US Mint Coin Design Competition

3. State Outreach Collaboration Call - Next Week March 03

Read more below!


Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  3. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  4. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.
  5. 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.

We are pleased to report that the state of Iowa has now formed a WWI Centennial Committee! They met for the first time last week and will continue meeting on a monthly basis. Organizations involved include the Gold Star Museum, the Fort Des Moines Museum, and the State Historical Society. If you want to get involved in Iowa centennial commemoration, email the National Coordination Team and we’ll connect you with the Iowa committee. A big shout to Larry Marquardt who worked very hard to make this happen! Thank you Larry!

“Creating Your Digital Footprint”
Thank you to all who participated in the “Creating Your Digital Footprint” seminar last week. We are happy to report that both the Florida and Illinois committees have expressed interest in creating a state webpage on the Commission website and that the Hawaii Committee meets soon and will also discuss the idea.

Collaboration Call: Travelling Exhibits - Next Thursday, March 03 12pm EST
The National Coordination Team will host the next State Outreach Collaboration Call next week on Thursday March 3 at 12pm EST. This call will feature three experts to discuss Travelling Exhibits in detail. These experts include Lara Vogt of the National WWI Museum & Memorial, Paul Herbert of the First Division Museum, and Brian Horrigan of the Minnesota Historical Society. If you would like to be added to the Collaboration Call roster, email Andrew McGreal. We will post a recording of this call and a summary on ww1cc.org/State-Outreach.

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. The meeting will last from 9 am from 11 am and will be followed by a networking lunch. There will be an option to dial in for a live stream - that link will be available soon.

The next meeting of the Virginia WWI Centennial Committee will take place at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk on Monday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m.

US Mint Coin Design Competition - Feb 29 - Apr 28

The United States Mint is calling on American artists to design a WWI commemorative coin, to be issued in 2018, that will honor the accomplishments of heroes on the front line and the home front. The coin will serve as a tribute to the bravery, actions and sacrifices of Americans a century ago, while providing a tangible touch point for generations to come. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are at least 18 years or older. During Phase One of the competition, which is open from February 29–April 28, 2016, artists are encouraged to submit their contact information and three to five work samples using the online form on the Mint website. Up to 20 applicants from Phase One will be selected to participate in Phase Two, where they will create and submit designs and plasters for the final coin. The winner will not only have his or her initials on the final coin, but will also receive a $10,000 prize. The Coin Design Competition is an opportunity for American artists to inspire people with the bravery, actions and sacrifices of Americans, as well as encouraging future generations to remember and appreciate the history of World War I.

NASDVA Conference

For the past couple of days, we’ve been at the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs conference being held in northern Virginia. Commissioner Tom Moe was a guest speaker and our staff and interns have been working hard to encourage attendees to help set up WW1 commemorative bodies in states that do not yet have one. Additionally, we’ve been making a big push for state’s to add a $1 donation check box to their vehicle registration forms - just like they did for the WW2 memorial - with the goal of raising a dollar per WW1 veteran from that state.

Upcoming Events:

  • Capitol Hill Briefing - Feb 25
    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.
  • Thursday, Mar. 3 at 6 p.m.
    Presented in partnership with the United States World War One Centennial Commission, Commissioner Rob Dalessandro and his wife, Rebecca, discuss their new book— Over There: America in the Great War. The book features more than 360 rarely-seen photographs, aiming to bring to life and honor the service of more than four million American men and women in a war that, for many, exists only in a handful of posed photographs and grainy snippets of film footage.
  • 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

Challenge Coins

We will offer our partners the opportunity to create and purchase challenge coins with our logo on the obverse and theirs on the reverse. Let Meredith Carr know if you’re interested.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Designers Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard are in Washington, DC at our headquarters this week. They interviewed for a C-Span segment on Wednesday and particpated in a Design Charette Wednesday and Thursday.

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!

DISPATCH Newsletter

The Commission publishes a weekly newsletter, the DISPATCH. If you’re not receiving this and want to, sign up on our Commission Subscription webpage.


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:

Soldier Salary, Flying Aces And WW1 Inventions : OUT OF THE TRENCHES
Published on Feb 22, 2016. It's chair of wisdom time again. This time Indy is talking about the salary of a soldier, the flying aces of the other fronts next to the Western Front and important inventions of World War 1 that you use every day.

Trench Raid Tactics - Into The Abyss : THE GREAT WAR - Special feat. InRangeTV
Published on Feb 20, 2016. Trench raids resulted in the most brutal form of close quarter combat in World War 1. Armed with melee weapons and hand grenades, soldiers would fight each other to the death. But raiding parties and their tactics soon became more sophisticated and changed the conduct of war dramatically. This is the first part of a small series of the evolution of combat in the trenches for the centennial of the Battle of Verdun.

The Ghost Of The Lusitania - Russia Takes Erzurum : THE GREAT WAR - Week 82
Published on Feb 18, 2016. The sinking of the Lusitania is still causing diplomatic tensions between Germany and the USA. While the Germans insist they were forced by the British blockade to adopt unrestricted submarine warfare, the Americans think otherwise. In the meantime the Russian Army is taking Erzurum in the Caucasus and the big offensive at Verdun is delayed for a week.


Upcoming Events

If you have an agenda item to include, please email Andrew McGreal by the Monday before the next Sync Call.

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



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