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A Special Thanks
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is thankful to the many organizations and individuals who collaborate with the Museum.
American Association for State and Local History
AASLH 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 Americans. AASLH began in 1904, under the wing of the American Historical Association. Then called the Conference of State and Local Historical Societies, AASLH broke out on its own in December of 1940 to become the American Association for State and Local History. Now, 100 years after the first organization was created in support of the burgeoning field of state and local history, AASLH is still the only comprehensive national organization dedicated to the field at large. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH is proud to provide a home for those who work and volunteer in the field of state and local history.
The American Legion, created by an act of Congress in 1919, is the nation’s largest veterans service organization. The Legion, which was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill approved, continues to advocate on behalf of the nation’s veterans and current servicemembers today.
Applebee's International, Inc.
Applebee’s gave Kansas City-area residents a chance to support the National World War I Museum while getting a great deal on food in the neighborhood. In May, 2012, at its 23 Kansas City-area restaurants, Applebee’s sold $15 Challenge Coins and donated all proceeds from the coins to the Museum.
Kansas City, Missouri Parks & Recreation
Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation provides facilities, programs and recreational opportunities for the community that contributes to an aesthetically pleasing environment and enhanced quality of life. The department operates and maintains 214 parks, 132 miles of boulevards and parkways, 10 community centers, 49 fountains, 27 lakes, 38 miles of trails and bikeways, 105 tennis courts and five golf courses. System highlights include: Swope Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, houses the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theatre and Lakeside Nature Center. Loose Park is home to a rose garden featuring 4,000 roses of nearly 150 varieties. The National World War I Museum and emorial is located in Memorial Hill Park; and Off-Broadway Theatre is located in Penn Valley Park. The Springs Aquatics Center provides a million gallons of outdoor water fun during the summertime. Call 816-513-7500 for more information.
Kansas City Public Library
The Kansas City Public Library has been serving the information and reading needs of the community since 1873. Today’s system includes nine branches as well as a Central Library located in an elegantly refurbished building at 10th and Baltimore. Well over a million items comprise the Library’s collection including books, periodicals, videos, and audios. In addition patrons may use computers on-site, choose from a wide variety of public programs, and view Central’s rotating exhibits. Even though the Library’s taxing district is confined to the heart of the city, residents from surrounding areas also depend on the Library as a community resource—interlibrary loan, online databases, and document delivery make the Library’s resources available beyond the immediate area.
Kansas City Symphony
Led by Music Director Michael Stern, the Kansas City Symphony’s 80-member orchestra performs more than 50 concerts on three series (Classical, Family, Pops) during its season. In addition, the Symphony performs non-series concerts such as Bank of America Celebration at the Station and Symphony in the Flint Hills, educational programs, community outreach performances, and serves as the orchestra for the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet.
Kansas State Historical Society
The Kansas Historical Society, established in 1875, is entrusted with maintaining the state's history. The Historical Society's mission is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Kansas history in order to assist the public in understanding, appreciating, and caring for the heritage of Kansas. The Historical Society operates the Kansas Museum of History, State Archives & Library, Kansas State Capitol Tour Center, 16 State Historic Sites, serves as the State Historic Preservation Office, and works to meet the Kansas history standards for K-12 education.
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors Isak Federman and Jack Mandelbaum. We teach the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. Located at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, MCHE reaches thousands of youths and adults each year through school and community outreach programs, often offered in cooperation with other not-for-profits. More than 400 individuals are current members of MCHE. An operating endowment totaling over $2 million is prudently invested to ensure the future operations of the organization. Other sources of revenue include annual memberships, grants, tribute donations, and program fees, as well as sales of books and documentary films based on local testimony of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust.
National Archives at Kansas City
The Central Plains Region is one of 14 facilities nationwide where the public has access to federal archival records. It is home to more than 45,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 federal agencies. The Central Plains Region houses records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64131. It is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Park University has developed into a comprehensive, independent, Master’s I institution that is a national leader in higher education. Park has 43 campus centers in 21 states including an extensive academically respected online program. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees students desire at locations, times and delivery formats that best serve their needs. Providing such access has developed considerable diversity among the student population. Park University maintains a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Military and received international recognition when Military Advanced Education magazine announced its “Top 20 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities,” citing Park’s “innovative academic degree programs steeped in excellence.”
Truman Presidential Library & Museum
Since its dedication in 1957, the Truman Library has welcomed nearly 8 million visitors and attracts approximately 100,000 people annually. Hailed as America's "best presidential museum" (Dallas Morning News), the Truman Library offers theaters, a Museum Store, and dozens of interactive and hands-on exhibits designed for the entire family. Step into a replica of President Truman's Oval Office, test your presidential mettle in Decision Theaters, and experience some of the most dramatic moments in American history. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
As you step through the doors of Union Station Kansas City, you feel as if you have been transported back in time. In its prime, this fully-restored landmark once accommodated tens of thousands of passengers each year. Union Station was closed in the 1980s and sat neglected until 1996 when a historic bi-state initiative was passed which provided the funding to restore Union Station. Today, Union Station is once again a popular destination. Union Station still functions as a train station but it also offers much more. There are unique restaurants, gift shops, a permanent rail exhibit called the KC Rail Experience, traveling exhibits, a planetarium, an interactive science center called Science City, and a theatre district. At Union Station, not only do visitors get to see the grandeur of this incredible 850,000 square foot structure, with its beautiful 95 foot ceiling and three 3,500 pound chandeliers, but they also get to experience an important part of Kansas City history.
United States World War One Centennial Commission
The Commission was established by the World War One Centennial Commission Act, part of Public Law 112-272 passed by the 112th Congress and signed by President Obama on January 16, 2013. The Commission is responsible for planning, developing, and executing programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War One; encouraging private organizations and State and local governments to organize and participate in activities commemorating the centennial of World War I; facilitating and coordinating activities throughout the United States relating to the centennial of World War One; serving as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about events and plans for the centennial of World War One; and developing recommendations for Congress and the President for commemorating the centennial of World War One.
University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) serves approximately 14,400 undergraduate, graduate and professional students on its Volker and Hospital Hill campuses. Students from 50 states and 62 countries choose studies in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Education, Computing and Engineering, Law and Graduate Studies; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Conservatory of Music and Dance; and the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. UMKC was recently named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. A third-year recipient, UMKC is one of three institutions specifically honored for leadership in serving disadvantaged youth through service programs.
University of Missouri Press
The University of Missouri Press was founded in 1958 by William Peden, writer and dedicated member of Missouri's English Department faculty. The press has now grown to publish 70 titles per year in the areas of American and World history, including intellectual history and biography; African American studies; women's studies; American, British, and Latin American literary criticism; journalism; political science, particularly philosophy and ethics; regional studies of the American Heartland; and creative nonfiction.
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, located in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., educates and develops leaders for full spectrum joint, interagency and multinational operations; acts as lead agent for the Army’s leader development program; and advances the art and science of the profession of arms in support of Army operational requirements.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a nonprofit veterans' service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and is one of its oldest veterans' organizations. With 2.2 million members located in 7,800 VFW Posts worldwide, the VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to assisting veterans, military service members, and their families through veterans service, legislative initiatives, youth scholarships, Buddy Poppy and national military service programs. Annually, the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 13 million hours of community service to the nation.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library
Opened to the public in November 1990, the Woodrow Wilson Museum is housed in an adaptively-renovated chateau style mansion adjacent to Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace. The Museum galleries guide you through Wilson's public life, from his Princeton study to his historic Great War peace efforts, and encompassing his service from 1913 to 1921 as the 28th President of the United States. The Manse house museum comes to life through period furnishings, the Wilsons' household belongings, and guided interpretation. A charming 1933 boxwood garden, a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia, complements the National Historic Landmark.
World War One Historical Association
The World War One Historical Association is a non-profit organization committed to promoting interest in the period of 1914-1918 and perpetuating the memory of all those who served their nations. We strive to build an awareness of the First World War and its profound and lasting effects through our print and digital publications, our local chapters’ programs, battlefield tours, the annual Tomlinson Prize for the best new book on the period, student essay contests, and annual seminars that feature speakers from around the world.
Crown Center District
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is proud to be a part of Kansas City’s Crown Center District. Crown Center is home to the SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, Kaleidoscope and the Hallmark Visitors Center, in addition to a plethora of one-of-a-kind stores and dining choices. Additionally, Union Station, The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and two luxury hotels make the Crown Center District your home base for exploring everything Kansas City has to offer.