Join us for an evening of members-only insights, exploring the Museum and Memorial’s latest centennial exhibition, Crucible Life and Death in 1918. Get an insider's look as Senior Curator Doran Cart provides an in-gallery discussion addressing the larger themes and ask your questions regarding the artifacts expressing the events during the year of the WWI Armistice. Members only. FREE with RSVP | Exhibit Hall
Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Posters as Munitions 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. Exhibition currently open in Memory Hall.
Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic
Focusing on the final two years of the Great War with the emphasis on American involvement, Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic features works by French, British, German and American artists who attempted to capture the harsh realities of the incredibly brutal war. The exhibition was organized by Brown University Library and The President Woodrow Wilson House. Open Nov. 9, 2017 – May 13, 2018 in the Ellis Gallery.
For the Doughboys on the Western Front, 1918 was their year. It was the crucible where the American land forces forged their fighting force. They fought alongside their main allies from Cantigny to Belleau Wood to the Champagne Region, the Piave River to the Marne to St. Mihiel to the Meuse Argonne to Vladivostok. This exhibition is not an illustration or timeline of how the 1918 battles were fought, rather it focuses on individuals and their lives and deaths in the crucible of 1918. Exhibition open April 3, 2018 – March 10, 2019 in Exhibit Hall.
John Singer Sargent’s incredible masterpiece Gassed is truly one of the giants of the art world at more than nine feet tall by 21 feet long. The landmark painting is the focal point in this special centennial exhibition that also includes original maps of the dressing station where Sargent witnessed the scene he depicted and reproductions of many of his study drawings and featuring historical and contemporary objects on detection and protection from chemical warfare. Exhibition open Feb. 23 – June 3, 2018 in the Wylie Gallery.
History beats with the human impulse to create art in response to war and in turn, this art inspires others, creating a collective cultural memory. Art helps us interpret, reinterpret and remember our history. A young Ernest Hemingway left Kansas City in 1918 to volunteer in Italy during WWI. His wartime experiences shaped his writing that then went on to inspire contemporary Italian artists in creating this global digital media project, Insight. Come take a listen. On the Research Level Feb. 1 - May 20, 2018.
History is brought to life in this family‑friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts. FREE to the public | Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
Complimentary Museum Tour
Explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up on Thursdays at the Museum ticketing window. Complimentary with paid admission | Museum Main Gallery
Saturdays at 1 P.M.
Gassed Hands-On History
Join us for our Gassed-edition Hands-on History where an Education staff member will lead an interactive viewing of the work as guests see how Sargent used his observational skills to create his masterpiece. Discover your inner art historian at this family-friendly exploration! Complimentary with Wylie Gallery admission | Wylie Gallery
Saturday, April 7, 10:30 A.M.
Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle
Come do your bit - knit! Just as in WWI, knitting is a way to share comfort and bring a community of friends together to talk, laugh and create. Whether just starting out or an expert able to share your knowledge, join us as Museum and Memorial Curator of Education, Lora Vogt discusses Tolkien and his connections to World War I. Your own projects are welcome—BYONY (bring your own needles and yarn)! FREE with RSVP | R.A. Long Education Center Classroom
April 9 marks the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. To commemorate, Linda Granfield, author of The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace, shares the incredible story of the Vimy Oaks and their journey from acorns in the battlefields of France to thriving oaks in Canada. Program follows the planting ceremony of a Vimy Oak on the Museum and Memorial grounds. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Erupting on the landscape to break stalemates of WWI, gas and chemical warfare continue to threaten the modern world. From theaters of war to the frontlines of innovation, join former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired General Richard Myers, Dr. Tom Sack, President and CEO of MRIGlobal, and Dr. Ron Trewyn, the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility Liaison at Kansas State University for an extraordinary discussion of the enduring legacies of WWI and the complex issues of chemical warfare protection and detection in the 21st century. Cash bar/small plates begin at 5:30 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Join Patrick Gregory, former BBC journalist and co-author of An American on the Western Front, in a discussion of the incredible journey of Arthur ‘Clifford’ Kimber from the sunny optimism of springtime California in 1917 to the dank autumnal mists of northern France in 1918. Weaving Kimber’s vivid letters into the larger story of the U.S. involvement in the war, this event provides a fresh glimpse of one soldier’s wartime experience. Cash bar/small plates begin at 6:00 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Battle of Cantigny: Dawn of the Modern American Army
The Battle of Cantigny marked the first significant U.S. offensive battle in World War I, boosting Allied morale at a critical point in the war. Join Executive Director of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Paul Herbert, as he discusses the First Division and the Battle of Cantigny, exploring how this watershed operation marked the U.S. Army’s transition into a modern military force. Presented in partnership with the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
The Living History Volunteer Corps will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! This month they focus on medical practices during the war. Join us as we learn how medicine was used and changed in response to new diseases and injuries. Guests will have the opportunity to ask our Living History Volunteer Corps questions and view non-accession WWI objects up close. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Pershing Lecture Series: The Ludendorff Offensives
The Ludendorff Offensives marked the furthest advances of either the Allied or Central Powers since the beginning of the stalemated war. Join Dr. Scott Stephenson as we continue the John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series with a presentation on the context, effects and legacy of the Ludendorff Offensives. The John J. Pershing Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Command and General Staff College Foundation and in conjunction with the centennial exhibition Crucible Life and Death in 1918. Cash bar/small plates begin at 5:30 p.m.FREE with RSVP| J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Join The Modernists for drinks and general revelry on the final Thursday of each month at Nomad’s Coffee and Cocktails at 1804 West 39th Street. Open to members and non-members alike, we promise good company and conversation with even better whiskey. Learn more about upcoming events, membership and ways to support our local national treasure. FREE to the public (drinks not included) | Nomad’s Coffee and Cocktails