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.

 Presenters include Margaret MacMillan, Erez Manela, Tammy M. Proctor, Chad Williams, Yiğit Akin, Nancy Bristow, John T. Kuehn, Jörn Leonhard, James Carl Nelson and Nathan Wood.
See presenters and abstracts ›


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.


The registration for the symposium is:

$195 early bird pricing (Deadline: Sept. 27, 2019 Extended to Oct. 6, 2019)
$245 per person (After Oct. 6, 2019)

Refund policy

The Museum and Memorial will honor a 50-percent refund on registration fees until Oct. 6. After Oct. 6, 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
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
8:45-9:45 a.m.  Session 1 — John T. Kuehn
9:45-10 a.m.  Break
10-11 a.m.  Session 2 — Tammy M. Proctor
11 a.m.- Noon  Session 3 — James Carl Nelson
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 — Yiğit Akin
2:30-3:30 p.m.  Session 5 — Nancy Bristow
3:30-3:45 p.m.  Break
3:45-4:45 p.m.  Session 6 — Nathan Wood
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 — Margaret Macmillan
8:30-9:30 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 — Chad Williams
9:30-9:45 a.m.  Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.  Session 9 — Jörn Leonhard
10:45-11:45 a.m.  Session 10 — Erez Manela
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. Please use this link to book your room at the special rate of $155 per night (pre-tax) or contact the hotel for further information. To receive the special rate, reservations must be completed by Oct. 11, 2019.

 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.


United States World War One Centennial Commission
World War One Historical Association

Charles Bacon Fund

Bill and Laura Frick