2019 Symposium
1919: Peace?

November 1-2, 2019

1919 was a year of sweeping changes in a landscape dramatically altered by years of unrelenting warfare. Leaders advanced towards elusive peace amid political instability, economic uncertainty and social conflict. As terms of the Treaty of Versailles were negotiated, a world reordered faced decisions and realities that would leave a complex legacy.

 Featured presenters include Margaret MacMillan, Erez Manela, Tammy Procter and Chad Williams.


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.


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The registration for the symposium is:

$195 early bird pricing (Deadline: Sept. 27, 2019)
$245 per person (After Sept. 27, 2019)

Refund policy

The Museum and Memorial will honor a 50-percent refund on registration fees until Sept. 27. After Sept. 27, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Mark Gunter at 816.888.8103 to request a refund.


Thursday, October 31

10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
3-5 p.m.  Check-in at Museum and Memorial Guest Services

Friday, November 1

10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
8-8:30 a.m.  Check-in for attendees at the Museum and Memorial
8:30-8:45 a.m.  Welcome
8:45-9:45 a.m.  Session 1
9:45-10 a.m.  Break
10-11 a.m.  Session 2
11 a.m.- Noon  Session 3
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 4
2:30-3:30 p.m.  Session 5
3:30-3:45 p.m.  Break
3:45-4:45 p.m.  Session 6
5-5:30 p.m.  Shuttle Service from the Museum and Memorial to the Marriott Hotel
5:30-6:30 p.m.  Cocktail Hour on the Paul Sunderland Bridge
6:30-7:30 p.m.  Dinner
7:30-9 p.m.  Keynote Presentation
9 p.m.  Shuttle Service from the Museum and Memorial to the Marriott Hotel follows Keynote

Saturday, 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
8:30-9:30 a.m.  Session 8
9:30-9:45 a.m.  Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.  Session 9
10:45-11:45 a.m.  Session 10
11:45 a.m.- Noon  Closing Remarks
Noon - 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


A discounted block of rooms is set aside at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. Registration information will be available soon.

 Curious about the Museum and Memorial's Symposiums?

Watch videos of the presentations from past symposiums, 1918: Crucible of War, 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.