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American Association for State and Local History joins WW1CC Poppy Program

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (WW1CC) welcomes the partnership of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in the new WW1 Poppy Program.

Poppy Box AASLHLast week, the WW1CC went live with the program, which is a great new grassroots awareness and fundraising effort. Details can be found at

With the program, a partner organization can provide WW1CC with a $64.99 donation and get a poppy seed kit, containing 60 poppy seed packets. The partner organization can, in turn, distribute the poppy seed packets for $2 a piece -- and the partner organization can keep that second dollar. In this way, WW1CC raises money for the National World War I Memorial in Pershing Park, and they also help our partner organizations to raise money for their own group.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a national association that provides leadership and support for its members, who preserve and interpret state and local history, in order to make the past more meaningful to all people. AASLH has over 6,000 members across the country.

John Dichtl, AASLH President/CEO, stated “I am excited to be working with our colleagues at the WW1CC to promote the poppy program. It’s a tangible way to connect the local to the global, to support the work of the Commission in communities across the country, and to help generate funds for state and local history institutions. AASLH will be eager to see how organizations integrate the poppies into innovative programs to mark this important commemoration.”

WW1CC Commissioner, and AASLH member, Dr. Libby O'Connell agreed. "As historians, we are always looking for ways to get people engaged history. In 2017, we have an important opportunity to reach out to all Americans on the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I. I'm proud to serve as a Commissioner of the US World War One Centennial Commission, and I'm particularly excited about our WW1 Poppy Program. This program can help raise revenue for your historical society while raising money for the National WW1 Memorial in Pershing Park, Washington DC."

Other groups are invited to help tell the national WW1 story, while raising money for their own organization. Details can be found at

More information about the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) can be found here

More information about the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (WW1CC) can be found here:


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