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Jessie Blom and Parker Robinson

Spotlight on Young Supporters

Posted: December 23, 2021 - 12:00am

Age does not determine passion and interest in learning about history. Kansas City natives Parker Robinson and Jessie Blom are ample proof of that.

They each found their love for history early on in their lives.

“I read a lot of books in elementary school about World War I and I really enjoyed those. That is kind of where it started, and then I started watching movies and documentaries to learn more,” Parker said.

However, the National WWI Museum and Memorial is what lit a spark and got him invested in learning more about the true stories of the war.

Jessie has been volunteering at the Museum and Memorial for years. These days she interacts with guests and answers any questions they may have to help them learn more about the war and the Museum and Memorial.  Read More

Mary E. Davidson

In Memoriam

Posted: December 10, 2021 - 2:27pm

The board of trustees and staff at the National WWI Museum and Memorial mourn the loss of former Interim President and CEO, Mary Davidson, who died on Dec. 6, 2021.

A lifelong Kansas Citian, Davidson’s impact on worthwhile causes and organizations can be felt across the region where she spent her career championing education.   Read More

Dr. Arlene Segal

Donor Spotlight

Posted: November 23, 2021 - 12:00am

A visit with Dr. Arlene Segal can last for hours because her story could fill the pages of a book: her impressive medical career, her love for history and the National WWI Museum and Memorial and her passion for wildlife conservation.

Arlene grew up in New York City and from a young age wanted to become a physician. Discouraged by everyone except a high school teacher, she only became more determined, and earned a full-tuition scholarship to Duke University. When she applied to medical school, the interviewer asked why she should be accepted when she should be at home taking care of a husband.

In 1982 she came to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., eventually becoming Chief of Radiology.  Read More

Walt Peters

Donor Spotlight

Posted: September 1, 2021 - 12:00am

These are a few words that describe Walt Peters: kind, thoughtful, well-spoken and passionate about history and the world around him. His ability to consume and interpret the events around him to create compelling stories is remarkable. This is true not only when it comes to his own life, but the lives of those who came before him.

“The First World War is actually the maker of the world in which we live today,” Peters explains. “If you want to learn about the world around us, it started 100 years ago. The history of that era still has a bearing on the world we live in.”   Read More

Steven Dietz

Donor Spotlight

Posted: August 2, 2021 - 5:00am

When you try to describe what Steven Dietz has done to help the National WWI Museum and Memorial, one word will do.

Everything.

The retired Merriam, Kan., Information Security Specialist has compiled a remarkable record of volunteering and donating since 2007, not long after the expanded Museum and Memorial opened.

“I became a volunteer after 51, wanting to pursue a long-term service/volunteer role which would continue once I retired,” Dietz says. “The Museum provides this outlet.”  Read More

Jerry Foulds and Katie Van Luchene

Donor Spotlight

Posted: June 23, 2021 - 8:00am

Jerry Foulds and his wife, Katie Van Luchene, have long been committed supporters of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. It’s a great source of pride for them. According to Jerry, “I have always been in awe of the Memorial. What an incredible honor and privilege to have such a fine institution here in Kansas City.”

Katie added that the Museum and Memorial is at the top of their must-see attraction list when guiding friends around Kansas City. “Every time we enter through those massive bronze doors, we have a feeling of reverence and pride. Although we’ve toured the galleries dozens of times, we always see something new in the more than 330,000 artifacts in the permanent collection,” she says.  Read More

Elaine Drodge Koch

Donor Spotlight

Posted: May 23, 2021 - 8:00am

In November 2020, Elaine Drodge Koch began serving as the Chair of the National WWI Museum and Memorial Board of Trustees – but her dedication to the Museum and Memorial is far from new.

Years ago, Elaine’s interest in history prompted her to begin attending lectures and bringing out-of-town guests to the Museum and Memorial. She then became involved in the Call to Duty Capital Campaign Committee, which played a key role in the success of the $25 million campaign. Call to Duty led to the creation of the Wylie Gallery, several education initiatives, expansion and digitization of the Museum and Memorial’s collections, renovation of the auditorium, an expansion of staff, an upgrade of software platforms and more.  Read More

Todd and Ann Marie Harvey

Donor Spotlight

Posted: April 23, 2021 - 9:00am

For the past decade, Todd Harvey’s interest in the National World War I Museum and Memorial has evolved from attraction to immersion.

The Hoover, Ala., attorney credits a business trip to Kansas City about 10 years ago for his first exposure to the Museum and Memorial.

“After my first visit to the Museum,” he says, “I was impressed not just with the diverse array and quality of the artifacts displayed, but the way they were used to tell the story and interpret the history of World War I.”  Read More

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