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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

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

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