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North Dakota WWI Centennial Events Planned

 

The centennial of the end of WWI is fast approaching. There will be major events across the state beginning the end of September and seminars will be sponsored in the major cities across the state. Dates and times are mentioned on our website at ww1cc.org/nd. WWI North Dakota Centennial Chairman Darrell Dorgan says the group would like you to participate in the momentous event.

Dorgan notes, “We originated the idea of having bells toll and sirens ring on the morning of November 11 at 11:00 a.m. across the nation and state. The National WWI Centennial Commission is now asking all states to participate. We are asking communities across North Dakota to be involved in this tribute by ringing bells and blowing sirens the Morning of November 11 at 11:00 a.m. Details on the event will be released shortly.”

North Dakota WWI committee members have also formally requested that County Veterans Services Officers work with local veteran’s organizations to read the names of the more than 1,300 North Dakotan’s who died in WWI, most in the just last six months of the war in the trenches of France. The committee has requested the names of those who died to be read aloud from the steps of the county courthouse or a place of public gathering, in their county of residence, when the bells are done tolling. 

Groups that have events planned to commemorate WWI are also asked to contact the WWI Centennial web site so the events can be listed. The web site manager is Mike Gayette at Gayette@gmail.com. Our website is ww1cc.org/nd and your WWI Centennial events on our list on our website. 

A list of those who died during the ‘War-to-End-All-Wars’ will be posted on our website in Mid-September, and those who perished in the fight for freedom will be listed by county and city.  The updated list has been compiled by noted historian Barbara Handy-Marcello.

 The North Dakota WWI Centennial Committee has also received great support from the North Dakota Humanities Council for a series of community events leading up to the armistice ending WWI, 100-years ago on November 11. We will sponsor lectures and community discussions in six cities during October and the first week of November. Susan Wefald or Darrell Dorgan will moderate each of the events and Susan and the North Dakota Humanities Council to fund the project.   

The programs will begin with a 10-minute video presentation with an overview of WWI. That will be followed by a 20 to30 minute talk about WWI; how it began, how the US became

involved, the effort on the home-front, North Dakota's participation, the impact on the world today.  That will be followed by 30 minutes of audience Q & A.

The schedule provides for events in Williston on October 16, and MSU Prof. Joseph Jastrzembski will lead the program in Williston and Minot the following night. Both programs will be held in the public libraries and begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Prof. Al Berger from UND will lead the Grand Forks lecture on October 23rd at the Grand Forks Public Library at 7:30 p.m.   

Prof. Tom Isern will headline the October 24th event in Fargo at the Fargo Public Library at 7:30 p.m.

Prof. Carol Barrett will conduct the Jamestown gathering on October 30. The Jamestown lecture will be held at the Old Stutsman County Courthouse and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Historian Barbara Handy-Marcello leads the Bismarck event on November 7. The Bismarck gathering will be held at the Heritage Center and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Prairie Public Radio has agreed to provide several hours of air-time on November 11th for a conversation about WWI.  Many stories written by our committee members about the war will likely be used. They are also considering some programming on television leading up to and on November 11.  

Dorgan says, “We look forward to working with groups to help publicize the events of 100 years ago to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by millions across the world and thousands of others from North Dakota

 

WWI Living History Performances in North Dakota

 

 Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit known for producing educational performances across North Dakota, brings George Frein in his latest performance as the novelist Erich Maria Remarque. 

Remarque wrote one of the all-time great war novels in All Quiet on the Western Front. It spilled out of him after years of dealing with the horrors he faced in World War I. The novel's criticism of war lead to the Nazi party burning Remarque's works and forcing him to flee the country. He came to the United States in 1947 and resumed his writing career. 

George Frein taught philosophy at UND for 29 years. He's portrayed many characters, including writer Mark Twain, novelist Herman Melville, and historian Henry Adams. His newest performance as Remarque is not to be missed! 

Performance dates and additional information can be found at the Humanities North Dakota website and the High Plains Chautauqua website. 

 

North Dakota in World War I

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The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission was created by an Act of Congress in 2013. Members of the 12-member Commission were appointed by the President and the leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National World War I Museum. All four living former Presidents have agreed to serve the commission as honorary chairmen

The Commission’s mission is to plan, develop, and execute programs, projects and activities to commemorate the Centennial of World War I (WWI).

Over the next five years the North Dakota World War One Centennial Commission (NDWW1CC) intends to follow the directives of the national organization to:NDPoster

  • Develop educational programs targeted at a variety of audiences and delivered through a variety of broadcast, print and digital media, with the goal of teaching North Dakotans about the country’s most forgotten war.

  • Organize activities, events, and symposia to commemorate American involvement in “the Great War” as it pertains to North Dakota

  • Establish a National World War I North Dakota website, and bring attention to the thousands of World War I memorials in communities across the state that honors Americans who served in the war. 

  • Serve as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about events and activities related to the North Dakota Centennial Commemoration

Over the next three years, the NDWW1CC will serve as the lead organizer for the nation’s commemorative events and will coordinate the activities of thousands individuals and institutions as they tell the story of the Great War. The commission’s mission is to raise awareness of and give meaning to the events of a hundred years ago, using educational experiences and programming for all ages.

The commission will use the Centennial as a timely and essential opportunity to educate the country’s citizens about the causes, courses and consequences of the war in North Dakota; to honor the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who served in our state; and to commemorate through public programs and initiatives the centennial of this global event.

The NDWW1CC seeks participation of academic institutions and faculty in development of educational programming, broadcasting, print and digital media as it pertains to North Dakota. Appointments are given by the current North Dakota committee members.

 

 

 

 

North Dakota WW1

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The mission of the North Dakota World War One Centennial Commission (NDWW1CC) is to raise awareness of and give meaning to the events of a hundred years ago, using educational experiences and programming for all ages. The Commission will use the Centennial as a timely and essential opportunity to educate the country’s citizens about the causes, courses, and consequences of the war in North Dakota; to honor the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who served in our state; and to commemorate through public programs and initiatives the centennial of this global event.

NDWW1CC seeks the participation of academic institutions and faculty in the development of educational programming, broadcasting, print and digital media as it pertains to North Dakota. Appointments are given by the current North Dakota committee members.

Commission Officers

Chairman

Darrell Dorgan

Vice-Chair

Susan Wefald

Secretary/Treasurer

Shirley Olgeirson

Commission Members

Steve Andrist – North Dakota Newspaper Association

Claudia Berg – State historical Society of North Dakota

Dr. Al Berger – History Department, UND History Program

Dr. Carole Barrett – Historian/Author

Kevin Carvell – Historian/Author

Dr. John Cox – NDSU Historian/Author

Robert Greene – American Legion Historian

Calvin Grinnell – Native American Historian/Author

Larretta Hall – United Tribes, Bismarck

Mark Halvorson – State Historical Society of North Dakota 

Barbara Handy-Marcello – North Dakota Studies Historian, State Historical Society of North Dakota

Erik Holland – Curator of Education, State Historical Society of North Dakota

Neil Howe – North Dakota Studies Coordinator, State Historical Society of North Dakota

Dr. Gordon Iseminger – History Professor, UND

Tom Isern – NDSU Historian/Writer

Dr. Joseph Jastrzembski – History Program, Minot State University

Tracy Potter – Historian/Author

William Prokopyk – National Guard Historian

Dr. Joseph Stuart – University of Mary

Lauren Wiese GTA – NDSU Historian/Author

Joseph Zeleznik – NDSU Extension Forester

Gary Himmerich – ND AMVETS Commander

Orletta Klien – ND American Legion Commander

Carroll Quam – American Legion

William Tuff – ND VFW Commander

Julie Kuennen – North Dakota Governor’s Office

Mike Gayette – Website Managerr

Doughboy MIA

Contact: doughboy-mia@worldwar1centennial.org

The Doughboy MIA Mission:

“To commemorate for all time the U.S. Missing in Action of the Great War; to assemble and make public the most complete and accurate accounting of the U.S. Missing in Action of the Great War; to attempt to gather back ground information and photographs of all of the U.S. Missing in Action of the Great War; to attempt when and where possible to locate and identify the final resting place of the U.S. Missing in Action of the Great War and to petition those, when appropriate, for the ways and means necessary to recognize and officially identify recovered U.S. Missing in Action remains or grave locations from the Great War, or to otherwise commemorate discovered or identified U.S. Missing in Action of the Great War.”

Help Us Find Them

Doughboy MIA is an ongoing program of the United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars. A volunteer team, including both American and European members, has performed extensive research in a variety of archives and resources to assemble more accurate and refined lists of Americans missing during the war. Doughboy MIA research has already eliminated duplicate names, and identified known individual service members who have been left off of memorials or otherwise not acknowledged. Doughboy MIA researchers have also analyzed possible battlefield recovery cases that could be pursued if resources were available. Your donation to the Foundation to support Doughboy MIA will help this work continue and expand.

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