An International Centennial Planning Conference - March 22-24, 2013

The National World War I Museum hosted an international WWI Centennial planning conference during March 22-24, 2013, whose purpose was for participants to present and discuss plans for observing and commemorating the War’s centennial and network ideas at institutional and personal levels. Eight countries were represented by featured speakers, panelists and attendees including Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Turkey, Slovakia and Japan. 

The conference’s agenda included panels that covered a variety of subjects from the idea of making WWI battlefields UNESCO World Heritage sites, to the effort to digitize its historical records to interpreting the conflict through the visual and performing arts. Four prominent WWI scholars were the conference’s featured speakers, presenting topics that ranged from the origins of the War, to its Eastern Front campaigns, to the effects of the conflict on an occupied nation, to how the War can be interpreted and memorialized by art.  To view photos from the event, visit our Flickr.

Thank you to the Government of Flanders (Belgium), Department of Foreign Affairs – Flanders House New York for partnering as a Lead Sponsor for this event.

Additionally, we thank our other sponsors including:

The Western Front Association
AFS Intercultural Programs
Cyprienne Simchowitz, Attorney at Law & Jerry White
Barton Hacker & Margaret Vining
Cyprienne Simchowitz, President Alliance Française de Kansas City
Order of the First World War
Crile Archives Center for History Education
Strasburg Rail Road