CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION

Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National WWI 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

Open Feb. 21, 2017 - Sept. 2, 2018, 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 – Sept. 2, 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

Traveling Exhibition

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

Make Way for Democracy!

Google Arts & Culture

Posted: January 29, 2016
Created in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, the new digital exhibition Make Way for Democracy! portrays the lives of African Americans during the war through a series of rare images, documents and objects.  Read More

Pages