Make Way for Democracy!
Make Way for Democracy! portrays the lives of African Americans during the war through a series of rare images, documents and objects. In an era of federal segregation, the national call as “champions of the rights of mankind” rang hollow. Many African Americans saw the war as an opportunity to redefine their U.S. citizenship and improve social, political and economic conditions. Created in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute.
The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914
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.
Home Before the Leaves Fall
Home Before the Leaves Fall explores the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the July Crisis and the opening months of the Great War through an examination of images, objects, video and audio recordings via the Google Cultural Institute.
The National World War I Museum and Memorial addresses an often overlooked aspect of the war: food. In addition to reviewing the effects of food on World War I, War Fare: From the Homefront to the Frontlines includes photographs, comments and even delicious vintage recipes updated for the modern era.
The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919
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.
The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War
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.
Drawn to War The Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers
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.
Daniel MacMorris and the Panthéon de la Guerre
What happened to the world's largest painting? Kansas City artist Daniel MacMorris helped the Museum acquire the Panthéon de la Guerre in 1956. He then cut and pasted sections from the huge canvas, rearranged them, painted in new individuals and fit the newly configured composition to the north wall of Memory Hall, where it remains today. The exhibition explores the vast fragments left behind by MacMorris – the majority having never been seen in public since the Panthéon's last showing in its entirety in 1940.