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Wylie Gallery Beam Signing

Donor Spotlight

Posted: May 5, 2017 - 3:00pm

On Wednesday, May 3, donors and volunteers signed the first steel beam to be placed in the new Wylie Gallery at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. With 4,000 square feet of space, the Wylie gallery will have the capacity to showcase traveling exhibitions from partnering museums around the world, and to further present the wealth of artifacts currently held in the Museum's collection. The Wylie Gallery is currently slated to open Spring 2018.  Read More

Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund

Donor Spotlight

Posted: April 27, 2017 - 4:04pm

How would you describe the importance of the National World War I Museum and Memorial to Kansas City? The importance of the National World War I Museum and Memorial was never made clearer to me than when I attended Celebration at the Station last year. It was the first time that I attended with my husband John, who is a veteran of two branches of the armed services: the U. S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. He served from 1988 to 1997. He stood so proudly with his fellow veterans when each of the branches of the armed services was called, with the beautiful Museum and Memorial grounds behind us.   Read More

G. Robert Hamrdla

Donor Spotlight

Posted: March 28, 2017 - 2:22pm

How would you define the primary mission or purpose of the National World War I Museum and Memorial? The primary purpose of the National World War I Museum and Memorial is to foster remembrance and documentation of the Great War, while at the same time maintaining, enlarging, and refining resources and exhibitions to promote the depth and scope of that memory among the American people.

What can the Museum teach us about the modern geo-political situation in Central and Eastern Europe? The Museum can—and must—actively strive to make historical connections not only within the Great War itself, but also in the historical events and currents that led to it, and in the legacies it left behind, both favorable and unfavorable. Today’s geo-political situation in Europe (and the world, too) can be traced back to the Great War in many respects, and the Museum teaches us those connections.   Read More

William Chrisman and Truman High School Classes of 1965

Donor Spotlight

Posted: January 13, 2017 - 2:38pm

In 1964 William Chrisman High School in Independence, Mo., had a senior class of about 800 students. The next year, the classes were split with the other half of students establishing Truman High School. Both school's classes of 1965 have held shared class reunions for the past 40 years. Their 50th reunion was held in October of 2015. The classmates explored the idea of commemorating the deceased veterans of the class after the Truman class of 1967 purchased Walk of Honor brick in memory of its veterans. At the 50th reunion, the group presented the idea and the response was immediate and incredible.  Read More

Kemper Family

Donor Spotlight

Posted: November 8, 2016 - 1:56pm

The Kemper Family has long been supportive of the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The Museum’s digitization project, an extraordinary undertaking to memorialize and share historical content, would not be where it is today without the support of the William T. Kemper Foundation. Additionally, the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation has provided a lead gift to the Call to Duty capital campaign that will support the construction of the Wylie Gallery, the Museum’s new special exhibition gallery that will open in 2018. The family’s involvement with the institution dates back to its beginning.

R. Crosby Kemper, Sr. and James Kemper, Sr. served in World War I after the fighting had ceased. After the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, their father, William T. Kemper, Sr., met with R.A. Long and other civic leaders to form the Liberty Memorial Association. William T. Kemper, Sr. also served on the original board of Trustees.  Read More

August L. Huber III

Donor Spotlight

Posted: August 29, 2016 - 4:18pm

As CEO of A.L. Huber General Contractor, August (Augie) L. Huber III is responsible for executive management of the firm and oversees numerous construction projects in the Kansas City area. The company was established in 1903 and the Huber Family has consistently provided strong support to many Kansas City treasures, including the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Augie grew up in Kansas City and remembers riding his bicycle to the Liberty Memorial as a boy and exploring the underground spaces where the Museum galleries now stand. He is a long-time member of the Historic Kansas City Foundation, and, as such, was actively involved in the planning for the renovation of the Memorial and the design of the expanded Museum in the 1990s and 2000s.  Read More

Hall Family Foundation

Donor Spotlight

Posted: June 6, 2016 - 11:05am

TheLiberty Memorial, built and dedicated in the 1920’s, was enhanced and rededicated on Veterans Day in 1961. The chairman of the Rededication Committee was Joyce C. Hall, founder and president of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Hall persuaded two prominent political adversaries, former Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower (both veterans of World War I), to travel to Kansas City for the rededication ceremony. President Eisenhower visited the Truman Library the morning of Nov. 10 and presided over the official rededication ceremony that afternoon, while President Truman led the Veterans Day program the next day.  Read More

Kay Barnes and Tom Van Dyke

Donor Spotlight

Posted: April 4, 2016 - 9:05am

KayBarnes and Tom Van Dyke can have their pick of just about any philanthropic activity in Kansas City.

After all, the former mayor and legal legend morphed their lifelong friendship into a marriage last year of civic celebrities well known for their commitment to public service and community development.

Both are enthusiastic supporters of the National World War I Memorial and Museum, but they had taken widely separate paths toward initial awareness of its allure and its significance for the Kansas City area.

“My first memory was in 1979 after I was first elected to the city council,” Barnes says. “After our installation, we had a luncheon in one of the two original buildings (Memory Hall). I remember looking around the room and being very impressed…impressive and inspirational.”  Read More