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Henry Bloch

In Memoriam

Posted: April 23, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Board of Trustees and staff of the National WWI Museum and Memorial mourn the loss of Henry W. Bloch, whose passing was announced today by H&R Block.

Mr. Bloch was a long-time supporter of the Museum and Memorial, made even more meaningful by his dedicated service as a navigator on 32 combat missions aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in WWII.

“We are saddened by the passing of one of the greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists in Kansas City history,” said National WWI Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor. “An absolute beacon of generosity and humility, Henry Bloch was incredibly dedicated to the great notion of simply making things better – it didn’t matter what. Kansas City – and the world – is a better place because of Henry. That legacy will endure for a long, long time.”   Read More

Capitol Federal Foundation

Donor Spotlight

Posted: March 1, 2019 - 9:00am

In 2015, the Capitol Federal Foundation® became one of the early major donors to the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Call to Duty capital campaign. When John Dicus, CEO of Capitol Federal®, visited the Museum and Memorial, he was deeply moved by its mission of remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact.

It made sense to John and the Capitol Federal® family to become involved in the Museum and Memorial’s vision to build a new gallery for traveling exhibitions and to support educational programming.  Read More

Bill Buckner

Donor Spotlight

Posted: February 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Bill Buckner has volunteered more than 500 hours of service to the National WWI Museum and Memorial. He first became involved with the Museum and Memorial when his father-in-law, Robert R. Lester, donated a collection of French magazines and a photograph of himself as an AFS Ambulance Driver.

Bill’s personal connection to WWI continues with his father, Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., who commanded a Signal Corps training brigade at Kelly Field, TX in 1917 and 1918. Simon Buckner is also famously known for mixing and serving mint juleps to President Franklin Roosevelt and Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1935. Bill himself served as a Rifle Company Commander during the Cold War.  Read More

McKinley-Turrentine Bench

Donor Spotlight

Posted: December 10, 2018 - 10:30am

John McKinley’s brother in-law, Don Turrentine, was one of the first volunteers at the National WWI Museum and Memorial and continued to volunteer for ten years, from 2005 to 2015. Don’s wife, Gayle Turrentine, is also a longtime supporter. McKinley wanted to recognize the Turrentines’ dedication to the Museum and Memorial and Don’s talents as a docent. “I wanted to do something good for Don and Gayle and realized we could honor them and support the Museum and Memorial.” McKinley made a contribution to the Museum and Memorial in honor of Don and Gayle, dedicating one of the benches on the Museum and Memorial grounds in honor of their years of service. “I think when a person has done something good, such as serving their country or donating their time, that’s something they can’t get back, and recognizing them in this way is very special.”   Read More

Rowland Clements

Donor Spotlight

Posted: August 6, 2018 - 10:00am

Rowland Clements made his first trip to the National WWI Museum and Memorial after a friend recommended it to him. He was so impressed with the Museum and Memorial’s collection and the Walk of Honor that he decided to purchase a brick in honor of his father, Sgt. Judson Alvin Clements. “It was very moving to see what people went through for our freedom, your freedom and my freedom,” said Rowland. His appreciation is reflected in the Walk of Honor brick he purchased to recognize his father’s service in WWI.   Read More

Karen Herman

Donor Spotlight

Posted: October 5, 2017 - 9:34am

Karen Herman, along with her husband Mike, have been generous supporters of the National World War I Museum and Memorial. At a recent presentation to encourage membership in the Pershing Legacy Society, Karen shared a fascinating account of her father's involvement in World War I and the effect it had on him and his family. Karen has graciously allowed us to print her presentation here. We feel it is an eloquent endorsement of ongoing support for the Museum and Memorial.   Read More

Jack and Trudy Gabriel

Donor Spotlight

Posted: June 1, 2017 - 1:22pm

What is your main motivation behind your efforts for the Museum and Memorial? To help establish an annual event that is entertaining and inspirational and will attract members of the community not previously involved.

Why do you consider the annual Night at the Tower so important for the Museum and Memorial? The creation of Night at the Tower offers the opportunity to attract new interest in the Museum in an amazing and entertaining way. It brings valuable, additional funds, acquaints people with the Museum and may motivate them to become more involved. Kansas Citians are already proud of the Museum and an enjoyable event provides talking points for conversation among friends and associates.   Read More

Mary Shaw “Shawsie” Branton

Donor Spotlight

Posted: May 25, 2017 - 4:01pm

The National WWI Museum and Memorial is honored to have had Mary Shaw Branton as one of the founding members of the Pershing Legacy Society for planned giving. “Shawsie” Branton passed away on July 20, 2016, leaving a legacy of touching thousands of lives in the Kansas City area. Shawsie’s daughter, Page Reed, presented a check honoring her mother’s planned gift pledge to Ann Regnier, Campaign Cabinet Committee, and Jim Bernard, Pershing Legacy Society Committee, in December 2016.  Read More