Spotlight on Generosity

Learn How Others Have Supported the Museum and Memorial

View a list of all 2019 Annual Donors

Mark Gunter

Donor Spotlight

Posted: March 23, 2021 - 9:30am

Mark’s father grew up nearby and visited the Memorial throughout the 1930s and 40s. His family loves national parks, monuments and historic sites, so having the Memorial close by has special meaning for them. Like many Kansas Citians, Mark grew up visiting the Museum and Memorial on school field trips and visiting the Museum store during the holidays.

In 2010, Mark bought his first Walk of Honor brick to honor his uncle, who served in Vietnam. In addition to a second brick, the Gunter family dedicated a bench on the southeast corner of the Museum and Memorial campus to Mark’s father, Bob Gunter. The bench overlooks the BMA Tower (now One Park Place) where Mark’s father worked for 35 years, as well as his boyhood neighborhood and downtown Kansas City.  Read More

The Seibert Family

Donor Spotlight

Posted: November 4, 2019 - 1:47pm

Each year on Memorial Day, people honor loved through the Museum and Memorial’s Walk of Honor Commemorative Brick program. This year, one of these bricks was dedicated in memory of Lloyd M. Seibert, WWI veteran and father of Julia Seibert Kane and grandfather of Karen Kane-Foempe, both avid supporters of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Although Sgt. Siebert never spoke much about his service in WWI to his granddaughter, his military achievements, including his Medal of Honor, profoundly influenced their family’s life.

During WWI, Sergeant Lloyd Seibert fought with distinguished bravery in the 364th Infantry, 91st Division and was awarded the Medal of Honor on Sept. 26, 1918. When he returned home to San Francisco in 1919, Sgt. Seibert remained in the army and frequently participated in civic ceremonies. He served in the U.S. Cavalry and was stationed in several places including Marfa, Texas, where he met his wife.   Read More

Glen and Sally Griffin

Donor Spotlight

Posted: October 7, 2019 - 9:45am

Why were Glen and Sally Griffin eager to become members of the National WWI Museum and Memorial? “My wife, Sally, and I are planning a trip to France this summer. We want to see battlefield sites where my grandfather was located during WWI. Unfortunately, I only remember in a general way where he was. Last week I was bouncing around the internet looking for information regarding my grandfather's division (42nd) and regiment (149th) and eventually hit the Museum and Memorial’s website and located a book written by one of the doughboys in the regiment.

This was an absolute treasure, as it took the regiment from enlisting in Danville, Ill., through all the battles they participated in and even included the return home. Much more information than I ever imagined, very well written with photos, including a group photo where I can pick my grandfather out. The fact your organization had scanned the book and made it available was absolutely fantastic. Actually, considering the chain of events it took from a desire to write this book all the way to getting it in my hands, to me is nothing short of miraculous.  Read More

Chuck and Donna Eddy

Donor Spotlight

Posted: September 3, 2019 - 9:00am

When and how did you first get involved with the National WWI Museum and Memorial?  My wife and I have been involved with and have cherished the Museum and Memorial nearly all of our lives. It was the location of our first date, engagement, and many of our other activities over the past 50 years. I, Chuck, became very involved with Carl DiCapo in saving the Memorial and building the expansion of the Museum through my eight years on the City Council of KCMO.

What do you see as the importance of the Museum and Memorial to the world and the Kansas City community?  The educational resources and history that this iconic structure provides to our community and the world is unsurpassed.  Read More

Steve Hadley

Donor Spotlight

Posted: August 12, 2019 - 6:45am

Steve Hadley’s grandfather, Mike Hachinski, was a proud American and veteran of WWI. On Veterans Day 2017, Steve and his family dedicated a brick on the National WWI Museum Memorial’s Walk of Honor in remembrance of Mike and his service in WWI.

“My grandfather came to the USA via Ellis Island as a young boy. My Family called him Pop or Pop Hachinski. He served aboard the USS Arizona during the First World War and was a Baker First Class Petty Officer. When he was discharged, he returned to Kansas City, Kan., and opened his own bakery, Mike’s Bakery, on Fifth and Elizabeth. The bakery served the nearby Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian and Polish neighborhoods. He made the best bread in the city and people came from miles around to shop at his bakery.”  Read More

Bob Ford

Donor Spotlight

Posted: July 24, 2019 - 2:28pm

When and how did you first get involved with the National WWI Museum and Memorial?  My first visit to the Liberty Memorial was in May 1959 on an 8th grade field trip to Kansas City from Baldwin City, Kan. Through the years, I returned to the Museum and Memorial with my family over Christmas vacations until the Museum and Memorial was shut down during the renovation. I then became a volunteer at the Museum and Memorial in 2006.

What is your connection to World War I and how does it influence your volunteerism at the Museum and Memorial?  My work at the Museum and Memorial is a continuation of my interest in World War I that began in my youth in memory and service to remembering and honoring World War I soldiers and their sacrifice. I consider being able to do volunteer work at the Museum and Memorial a privilege and honor to experience ongoing WWI education. With other volunteers, I have been able to participate in special WWI discussion groups and lectures and annual symposiums.  Read More

Joan Barkley Wells

Donor Spotlight

Posted: June 3, 2019 - 8:00am

It’s not every day one gets to meet a close relative of a World War I Medal of Honor recipient. However, look no further than the National WWI Museum and Memorial to meet Joan Barkley Wells, daughter of the U.S. Army hero John Lewis Barkley.

Joan Barkley Wells has lived in the Kansas City area all her life. Considered one of the Museum and Memorial’s most valued supporters, Joan’s personal efforts and community work with the Woman’s City Club assisted the Museum and Memorial in objects acquisitions’ funding. She continues to be a financial donor to the Museum and Memorial. Most notably, Joan has placed the organization in her estate plans, specifically the Collections and Acquisition Fund. Honoring her father’s memory, this generous gift qualifies Joan to be a Founding Member of the Pershing Legacy Society.

John Lewis Barkley (Aug. 28, 1895 - April 14, 1966) was a U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipient of World War I. Born in Blairstown, Mo., near Holden, John grew up on a farm and was one of the millions of men inducted into the Army when the U.S. declared war on Germany in 1917.  Read More

Family of William F. Howard

Donor Spotlight

Posted: May 17, 2019 - 2:44pm

The National WWI Museum and Memorial’s mission is to remember, interpret and understand the Great War and its enduring impact. For many, visiting the Museum and Memorial is like taking a step back in time to remember and honor loved ones, especially those who served in WWI. When Mark Henderson, Chairman of the Museum and Memorial’s Board of Trustees and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Lockton Companies, learned that a client in North Carolina was planning just such a visit, he offered to help make the experience truly memorable.

William F. Howard served in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. His first day in battle also happened to be his 22nd birthday. He was in combat on the Western Front, including on the Somme and in the Meuse-Argonne, the American Army’s last major offensive of the war. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Victory Medal, and returned home to North Carolina after his discharge at Fort Lee, Va., on June 25, 1919.  Read More