From the Philippines to Siberia

Corporal George Andrew Jensen went into service from Hastings, Neb., on Oct. 13, 1917. The recent donation of his service materials from Jensen’s relatives contains a wide variety of materials.

The Origins of Veterans Day

In 1954, after the return of service personnel from both World War II and the Korean War, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill rededicating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, encouraging Americans

WWI GIFs

From the funny to the tragic, these short videos were created using archival film footage of the war, primarily from the U.S. Signal Corps.

French Mascots - Orphans of the War

American soldiers provided aid to children left behind by the war. Through the army newspaper Stars and Stripes and the American Red Cross, they would symbolically adopt French orphans. These children

A Little Birdie Told Me

Arthur Standing was a conscientious objector and did not fight during World War I. Instead, he participated in alternate service with the American Friends Service Committee. In this role, he rebuilt

Camouflage Violin Case

Second Lieutenant Harry Hinman Sisson, Company E, 309th Engineers, 84th Division, carried a violin with him in France throughout his service in the American Expeditionary Forces. Waiting to be shipped

Balloons and Dirigibles in WWI

Like it did for tanks and gas masks, the First World War spurred scientists and engineers to make advancements in the field of “lighter-than-air” technology – balloons.

Memorial Day 1918

A recently processed Y.M.C.A. newsletter, The Daily Rumor, highlights how one group of soldiers observed Memorial Day 1918 “Somewhere in France.”

Religious Icons in Art and War

Calling upon classical Christian imagery, Saint Javelin became an online phenomenon in March 2022, mostly thanks to social media. Use of Christian saint and Virgin Mary imagery to inspire action and

Historian Michael S. Neiberg on Ukraine and WWI

Leading WWI historian Michael S. Neiberg, a member of the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s International Academic Advisory Board, reflects on four signposts from the First World War that provide a

Victory Gardens in World War I

As World War I raged on, a crisis beyond warfare and shell shock emerged: Europe was running out of food. Where could an area as large and vastly populated as Europe get enough food to keep everyone

Black Soldiers in WWI

Oral history provides rich support to the written records that fill the Museum and Memorial’s collection. In these interviews recorded in 1980, Columbus Morris, Robert Sweeney and Clay Ryan give voice

Coffee and WWI

While there were no coffee shops on every corner in Europe during WWI, American soldiers and sailors could still get that hot cup of coffee.

Ersatz

By 1915, the great demand for material resources to support the war effort caused supplies that German civilians and soldiers commonly used to dwindle, increasing their costs and value. As deliveries

Ruth Law

At age 21, Ruth Law bought her first airplane from Orville Wright, who refused to train her since he believed women did not have the mechanical aptitude for flight. She subsequently made a name for