CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION

Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National World War I Museum and Memorial will host a series of special exhibitions, programs, and events to commemorate the first global war in history. Highlights of the Museum's offerings are below. See the Museum's Upcoming Events for a full list of programs.



Posters as Munitions, 1917

Opens Feb. 21, 2017, Memory Hall

Posted: January 09, 2017
Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster, previously the successful medium of commercial advertising was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Its value as an educational or stimulating influence was more and more appreciated. The poster could impress an idea quickly, vividly and lastingly. Posters as Munitions, 1917 showcases the depth and breadth of the collection through a series of works on exhibition for the first time at the Museum. Posters from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and more are featured, providing a sense of the global nature of this form of communication. This new exhibition will be on view in Memory Hall, Feb. 21, 2017 – Feb. 18, 2018.  Read More

Wacht im Osten: German Encounters with the East in World War I

Oct. 25, 2016 – March 12, 2017, Ellis Gallery

Posted: September 28, 2016
Wacht im Osten “Watch in the East” explores this encounter between the German soldier and the land and people he found himself trying to understand. An example of this is the Belarusian village of Iwje, which is depicted using commercial photo postcards illustrating its diverse mix of religious cultures, including Christian, Jewish and Muslim. The exhibition’s narrative unfolds mainly through the stories of two German soldiers: Georg Oertel and Friedrich Volkmann.  Read More

Symposium: November 4-5, 2016

1916 | Total War

Posted: June 22, 2016
At the Museum's 2016 Symposium (Nov. 4-5) explore the pivotal year of 1916, where global socio-political tensions created by World War I continued escalation and irrevocably changed the economic, military, and cultural landscape of the world.  Read More

They Shall Not Pass | 1916

May 6, 2016 – March 12, 2017, Exhibit Hall

Posted: April 28, 2016
Mud and mayhem, death and destruction, staggering unnecessary losses. All aptly describe the two pivotal battles of 1916, the Somme and Verdun. The attack by British and French forces was meant to break the Western Front stalemate. It did not.

They Shall Not Pass | 1916, on display May 6, 2016 – March 12, 2017 in Exhibit Hall, sheds light on the personal side of the conflict.   Read More

The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919

April 5 - Oct. 2, 2016, Memory Hall

Posted: March 22, 2016
American volunteer organizations contributed immensely to the well-being and welfare of the American men and women serving the American military in WWI, but also to peoples in the war-torn countries around the globe. This special exhibition produced in collaboration with AFS Intercultural Programs shares their inspirational stories.  Read More

Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916

March 29 - Oct. 9, 2016, Research Level Gallery

Posted: February 26, 2016
World War I brought radical changes in society, art and culture. These shifts were reflected in the art of the time, with works produced ranging from those reminiscent of the 19th century pictorial style to art that reflected the modern and abstract revolution. Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916 focuses on the art and events of the first two years of the Great War featuring artists from eight different countries.  Read More

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