Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National World War I 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.

Drawn to War The Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers

March 24 - Oct. 18, 2015, Research Level Gallery

Posted: March 19, 2015
Showcased in this exhibition, Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers, described as the “supreme cartoonist of the war,” used his pencils as a weapon to create powerful impressions characterizing and criticizing the nature and legacy of war.  Read More

The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914

Posted: December 02, 2014
On Christmas Eve of 1914, along parts of the Western and Eastern fronts in Europe, a spontaneous truce was declared among the weary, entrenched combatants of World War I. Was this a miracle? Was it a myth? Explore these questions and declare your own truce on social media through The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914, the new online exhibition from the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  Read More

War & Art

Nov. 18, 2014 - Feb. 22, 2015 in Memory Hall

Posted: November 07, 2014
World War I coincides with the popularization of portable cameras and the simplification of procedures related to the development and printing. It was no longer necessary to be a professional. These cameras were less bulky, simple and relatively inexpensive. This exhibition, curated by the Instituto Per La Storia Del Risoorgimento Italiana, Roma, records Italian servicemen’s personal visions of the conflict, their war and their diary of the past days in uniform in the trenches.  Read More

Letters & Artworks From War – Renefer: 1914-18

Oct. 28, 2014 - March 8, 2015, Research Level Gallery

Posted: October 22, 2014
Writer and artist Raymond Fontanet, known as Renefer (1876-1957), was mobilized to serve in the French military in 1914 and, throughout the war, always carried pencils and a sketchbook in his hands. This exhibition is designed from an artistic and educational point of view as photos taken by soldiers are connected to reference the works of Renefer, offering an opportunity to understand how he depicts and transcends the reality of a soldier’s life.  Read More

U.S. Centennial Commission Meeting

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Posted: June 01, 2014
U.S. Centennial Commission Meeting & Public Programs. One Century Later is a panel discussion in partnership with the World War One Centennial Commission that examines the impact of World War I on present day society a hundred years after the start of the Great War. Join historians Dr. Mitch Yockelson, Dr. Graydon Tunstall and Dr. Chad Williams for a intriguing conversation moderated by veteran journalist and Network News Correspondent Barbara Pinto.  Read More

Symposium: November 7-8, 2014

1914: Global War and American Neutrality

Posted: May 29, 2014
Examine the origins of, reactions to and early confrontations in the First World War including the political, diplomatic, military, cultural and scientific developments prior to the war that contributed to its outbreak.  Read More