Franz Ferdinand Assassination Commemoration

June 28, 2014

Two shots fired outside a delicatessen in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 forever changed the world. The assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, placed the world on the brink and prompted a series of events resulting in the outbreak of World War I. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the assassination with several public programs and a free public ceremony on Saturday, June 28. The Museum will extend its hours from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Summary of June 28, 2014 Events:
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, June 29
Where:  Southeast Lawn of the National World War I Museum 
What:  The National World War I Museum, in partnership with amateur radio, will host special event station WW1USA from the grounds of the Liberty Memorial. Broadcasting for 31 consecutive hours, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. Free to the public
When: 9:30 a.m. (start), 10 a.m. (open to public), Saturday, June 28
Where: West Lobby Space of the National World War I Museum 
What: The event that unleashed World War I and forever shaped history will unfold through 140-character tweets in an elaborate e-reenactment featuring more than 25 historical figures and multiple languages. Students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas, as well as local community members, have taken on the Twitter personas of significant and minor participants in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which occurred in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. Free to the public
That Fateful Day June 28, 1914 
When: 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 28
Where: South Mall of the National World War I Museum
What: The Museum’s South Mall represents an approximation of the Archduke’s parade route taken on June 28, 1914.  Individuals representing the seven assassins are stationed along the Museum’s south mall to share details of what transpired in Sarajevo in this free self-guided tour that also includes a vintage 1910 Maytag-Mason automobile. Free to the public
Commemoration Ceremony 
When: 2-3 p.m., Saturday, June 28
Where: Due to weather, the Ceremony has been moved indoors to the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the Museum.
What: A formal, free public program to include:  
  • Keynote address from former U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Dr. John Menzies
  • Performances from the Kansas City Symphony String Quartet
  • Moving recollection of stories from the era performed by award-winning actor John Rensenhouse
Recent Acquisition Display & Discussion: 1910 Belgian Automatic Pistol
When: 3-4 p.m.
Where: Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
What: National World War I Museum Senior Curator Doran Cart showcases and discusses a recent acquisition: a Model 1910 Belgian Automatic Pistol. Four Model 1910 pistols were purchased in a Belgrade, Serbia arms store and then delivered to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassination conspirators. The pistol on display is similar to the pistol used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate the Archduke and his wife on June 28, 1914. 


Parking & Shuttle Service

Free parking and shuttle services are available on June 28 from the Crown Center parking lot at Grand & 27th Streets from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Due to street closures, guests will need to use either Main Street or Wyandotte Street to access the Museum parking lots.