1918: Crucible of War

November 1-3, 2018, Register Now

Explore the irrevocable changes five years of cataclysmic conflict wrought on the global stage. Discover the complex impact on familiar structures as war was fought on three diverse continents of battlefields and the waters that connected them to the American homefront. As borders were literally and figuratively redrawn, Allies celebrated a victory and the world came to terms with the irreparable devastation and losses of the “war to end all wars.”


All who have a general to professional interest in the periods prior to, during and after World War I. We especially recommend this symposium to educators, historians and members of organizations that study these periods and/or engaged in planning projects and programs for the war’s centennial. Are you a member of the World War One Historical Association? As a partnering organization, their annual meeting and other great opportunities coincide with this symposium.


The registration for the symposium is:

$195 early bird pricing (Deadline Sept. 24, 2018)
$245 per person (After Sept. 24, 2018)
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Refund policy

The Museum and Memorial will honor a 50-percent refund on registration fees until Sept. 24. After Sept. 24, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Mark Gunter at 816.888.8103 to request a refund.

Speakers and full schedule will be available soon


Thursday, Nov. 1:   Check-in available at the Museum (3 - 5 p.m.) followed by an evening program.
Friday, Nov. 2:   8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. Cocktail hour, dinner and presentation.
Saturday, Nov. 3:   8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Non-Symposium attendees may purchase tickets to attend the Friday evening dinner/presentation.


A discounted block of rooms is set aside at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. Please use this link to book your room at the special rate of $149 per night (pre-tax) or contact the hotel for further information. To receive the special rate, reservations must be completed by Oct. 11, 2018.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsors, Bill and Laura Frick.

 Curious about the Museum and Memorial's Symposiums?

Watch videos of the presentations from past symposiums, 1917: America Joins the Fight, 1916: Total War, 1915: Empires at War, Churchill's Gallipolli and an America Divided and 1914: Global War and American Neutrality on YouTube.