Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National WWI Museum and Memorial hosted a series of special exhibitions, programs and events to commemorate the first global war in history. Highlights of the Museum and Memorial's offerings during this time are below.

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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

The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War

Nov. 3, 2015 - March 6, 2016, Research Level Gallery

Posted: October 20, 2014

This exhibition of predominantly French WWI artwork aligns with the quasi-myths of wartime nursing as described by author Christine Hallett: the courageous voluntary aid detachment, the romantic nurse and the “nurse-as-heroine.” On loan from the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.

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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.

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Art of War: Political Humor

Posted: May 01, 2014
“During The Big Brawl: Humorous Imaginings” (“La Grande Bagarre: Fantaisies Humoristiques”) is a collection of political cartoons created by Gustave A. Wendt between 1915 and 1916. The illustrations are done in pencil, watercolor, India ink, gouache and some colored inks.  Read More