1918: Crucible of War

November 1-3, 2018

Explore the irrevocable changes 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.”

 Watch the presentations from this symposium on YouTube.


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 extended to Oct. 5, 2018)
$245 per person (After Oct. 5, 2018)

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.

 Featured presenters include Mike Hankins, James Holmes, David Kennedy, Robert Laplander, Adriane Lentz-Smith, David Lubin, Brian Steed, Graydon Tunstall, Kara Vuic and Geoffrey Wawro. See presenters and abstracts ›


Thursday, November 1

10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
3-5 p.m.  Check-in at Museum and Memorial
6:45-8 p.m.  Opening Reception

Friday, November 2

10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
7:30- 8 a.m.  Shuttle service from the Marriott Hotel to the Museum and Memorial
8-8:30 a.m.  Check-in for attendees at the Museum and Memorial
8:30-8:45 a.m.  Welcome: Dr. Matthew Naylor
8:45-9:45 a.m.  Session: “How the U.S. Army Won World War I,” Geoffrey Wawro
9:45-10 a.m.  Break
10-11 a.m.  Session: “Refuse to Be a Control Freak: The Royal Navy's Failure at Jutland (and What the U.S. Navy Can Learn from It Today),” James Holmes
11 a.m.-noon  Session: “A New Kind of Woman is Following the Army: American Women in the Great War,” Kara Dixon Vuic
Noon-1:30 p.m.  Lunch at the Museum and Memorial
12:45-1:15 p.m.  Book signing
1:30-2:30 p.m.  Session: “Hell's Half Acre - The True Story of the Lost Battalion,” Robert Laplander
2:30-3:30 p.m.  Session: “Jim Crow Shell Shock: African Americans and the Crucible of World War I,” Adriane Lentz-Smith
3:30-3:45 p.m.  Break
3:45-4:45 p.m.  Session: “The Fighter Pilot with a Thousand Faces: The Birth of the Knights of the Air,” Michael Hankins
5-5:30 p.m.  Shuttle Service from the Museum and Memorial to the Marriott Hotel
6:30-7:30 p.m.  Cocktail hour at the Marriott Hotel
7:30-9:30 p.m.  Dinner and Lecture: “Flanders in Flames: Belgium in the American Imagination, 1914-1919,” David Lubin

Saturday, November 3

10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
7:30-8 a.m.  Shuttle service from the Marriott Hotel to the Museum and Memorial
8:30-9:30 a.m.  Session: “Armageddon and the Modern Middle East,” Brian L. Steed
9:30-9:45 a.m.  Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.  Session: “1918: The Other European Fronts – Eastern, Italian and Balkan,” Graydon Tunstall
10:45-11:45 a.m.  Session: “Rallying Americans for War, 1917-1918,” David Kennedy
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.  Lunch at the Museum and Memorial
12:30-1:30 p.m.  Shuttle service from the Museum and Memorial to the Marriott
3:30-4 p.m.  Shuttle service from the Museum and Memorial to the Marriott

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.

Presenting Sponsor

The Symposium is made possible by the additional generous support of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, and Bill and Laura Frick. We extend our thanks to our program partners the World War One Historical Association and the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc.

 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.