Explore the Great War in the

Kansas City Area

Complete Your Passport and Receive a Prize

 

  In 1919, more than 80,000 people from the greater Kansas City community raised $2.5 million in 10 days to build the Liberty Memorial, a majestic monument honoring those who served in World War I. As the world commemorates the Centennial of the Great War, once again, the Kansas City community unites to recognize the enduring impact of the world’s first global conflict. Journey through the area and be inspired to remember, engage and learn about the experiences of World War I and how relevant and meaningful they are in present day.

 

Complete Your Passport:

  • Visit each location and ask to have your passport stamped.
  • For WWI Memorials, instead of a stamp, take a photograph of yourself at the memorial.
  • Share!  #WWIKC
  • When your passport is completed, bring or mail it to the Edward Jones Research Center (Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) at the National World War I Museum and Memorial to receive your prize.

 

All individuals who complete their passports and return them to the National World War I Museum and Memorial will be entered into a drawing to receive exclusive prizes from the #WWIKC partners, including tickets to Sporting KC matches or Kansas City Symphony events. If you mail your passport to the Museum, please include contact information (email and phone number) and address the package to Lora Vogt, National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO 64108. 

 

Participating Organizations & Landmarks:

The National World War I Museum and Memorial  is the only American museum solely dedicated to examining the personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes in the world today. The Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects  and documents in the world and takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO 64108
 
World War I and the Rise of Modernism  will explore the prelude, milieu and aftermath of the Great War through works of art drawn, primarily, from the museum’s collection as well as selected works from other public and private collections. Open 12-17, 2014 through 7–19, 2015. The American Soldier exhibition explores the way photographs of men and women who serve in the American military shape our collective experience and memory of war. It features images from the Civil War through recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Open 1–23 through  6–21,  2015. 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64111
 
The Federal Reserve opened in 1914  just  as  hostilities  erupted  in Europe. Some of  the war’s most famous images come from Liberty Bonds poster distributed by the Federal Reserve. View a collection of  Liberty Bond posters and learn more about the economics of a nation at war when you visit the Money Museum. 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64110 
 
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum features the only U.S. President who saw combat in World War I. A good selection of his soldier’s gear and an example of  the 75mm French field gun and accompanying caisson which his unit—Battery D, 129th Field Artillery—used are always on exhibit, as are a film and photographs relating to his service in the war and some of the letters that he wrote home to his sweetheart, Bess Wallace. 500 U.S. 24 Highway, Independence, MO 64050
 
Did you know Missouri was one of  the largest exporters of  mules during World War I? Visit the American Royal Museum to view photographs of  the Kansas City Stockyards from the WWI-era, including the Great Fire of  1917. 1701 American Royal Ct., Kansas City, MO 64102 
 
The Spencer Museum of Art is home to more than 3,200 works of art from the Great War. The exhibition Empire of Things features World War I & The End of Empires, a selection of paintings made during the war from the Eric Gustav Carlson Collection (on view through spring 2015). On Fridays, the Museum opens its Print Room to visitor requests. Stop in this fall between 10–12 and 1–4 to make a request and study WWI-era works on paper at close range. 1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045
 
The Kansas Memorial Union features an image of each KU WWI casualty. An accompanying display describes how the KU community came together to build the memorial (Level Six, at the top of the Traditions stair tower). For more information, see the historical galleries in the Union and kuhistory.com. The KU libraries hold over 3,000 titles, including personal letters and state documents. 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045
 
Construction of Union Station was completed in 1914. After the United States entered World War I in 1917, Union Station became a major hub for transporting troops. Railtraffic through the station peaked at this time with 79,368 trains passing through the station, including 271 in just one day. In 1921, all five of the Allied commanders who attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the Liberty Memorial arrived by train at Union Station. 30 W. Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108 
 
The National Archives tells the story of the American journey through preserva- tion of  historical records. Visit the Kan- sas City location to learn more about important court cases of perceived disloyalty (Record Group 21) and Ger- man and Austrian immigrants living in Kansas (Record Group 118). Find more information about digitized records such as the Register of  Enlistments, Se- lective Service Draft Cards, and Index to Naturalizations  of  WWI  Soldiers  online at  www.archives.gov/digitization400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 
 
This 50 room building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It contains a treasury of varied items which including a room full of World War I artifacts. While in Richmond, look for the Doughboy Statue on the Courthouse lawn! 901 W. Royle, Richmond, MO 64085
 
Homer B. Roberts, the first African-American car dealer in Kansas City, served overseas during WWI. Roberts was the first African-American commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps & the first commander of newly formed Kansas City American Legion Post. Learn more about Roberts, along with the importance of the Ford Model T, when you visit the Kansas City Automotive Museum. 15095 W. 116th Street Olathe, KS 66062
 
Visit the home of R.A. Long, the founding president of the Liberty Memorial Association, who wanted the nation to have a memorial to  the World War that would “represent on the part of all people, a living expression for all time of the gratitude of a grateful people to those who offered and who gave their lives in defense of liberty and our country.” This urban estate and historic garden are open for visitation  while  under  renovation. 3218 Gladstone Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64123 
 
By the end of World War I, black baseball was one of the nation’s most popular entertainments featuring some of the sport’s best athletes. The Negro National League was founded in Kansas City in 1920. Learn more about men, like Oscar Charleston, who served during World War I and went on to make baseball and civil rights history. 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
The Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision legally ended segregation in public schools in 1954, invigorating America’s civil rights movement. Yet decades earlier, civil rights considerations raged in Kansas  and the nation as a result of the First World War, from conscientious objection to the Espionage & Sedition Acts. Visit our exhibit in September and October, 2014. 1515 SE Monroe St, Topeka, KS 66612 
 
Explore “Lawrence and WWI” from August, 1914 through December, 1915 at the Watkins Museum of History. Enjoy free admission to this newly renovated museum that preserves the heritage of Douglas County while sharing stories of the people and events that shaped the community. 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044
 
Early jazz musicians like James Reece Europe brought strains of  ragtime to war-torn Europe in what became the famous “Hellfighters” Jazz Band of the 369th Infantry Regiment of the 93rd Division of the U.S. Army. Intentionally recruited by a military that recognized the importance of music to morale, James Europe was beloved by the troops for playing them music that re- minded them of home and contributed to an international love of jazz. Visit the Jazz Museum to learn more!
 
The American Legion Fountain I
A gift from the city of Kansas City, Missouri to the American Legion. The fountain has bronze bas-relief plaques and lists 12 Kansas City American Legion Posts, each named after Kansas City soldiers who died during WWI. Part of the “City of Fountains,” this was originally dedicated at 9th & Main Streets. Budd Park Esplanade at intersection of Van Brunt & Anderson, Kansas City, MO 64123
 
The American Legion Fountain II
Located south of the Battle of Westport Museum and north of the Loose Memorial Flag Pole, this fountain includes a bronze panel that illustrates  twenty-two  figures of  American soldiers entering a ruined French village, wounded French soldiers and refugees. Meyer Boulevard entrance to Swope Park, Kansas City, MO 64132
 
Rosedale World War I Memorial Arch
Dedicated to commemorate the men of Rosedale, Kansas who served during the Great War. Located on the site where 375 Wyandotte County men were sworn into service with the 117th Ammunitions Train, 42nd Infantry Division. Park Dr, Kansas City, KS 66103
 
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
This auditorium and community space is dedicated to the commemoration of nearly 6,500 men from Wyandotte County, Kansas who served in World War I including the 14 who were decorated for gallantry in action. 600 N 7th St., Kansas City, KS 66102