Left image: detail from a painting of a woman dressed in flowing classical robes reaching towards the viewer with white stone cross grave markers stretching away into the distance. Right image: Black and white photograph of a sunrise in a cloudy sky. Text: '2023 Symposium / Oct. 27-28 / Milestones & Cornerstones'

Milestones & Cornerstones

Friday, Oct. 27 – Saturday, Oct. 28


A year of milestones – from the founding of the American Battle Monuments Commission to the construction of the Liberty Memorial – 1923 ushered in a new era of military commemoration in the wake of WWI. Remembrance became less about victory and more about peace: monuments and cemeteries, enshrining the memory of those who served and sacrificed, were built not as trophies of the past but as touchstones for the future.

Even a century later, these sites stand – amid the horror and disillusionment of war – as sentinels of hope. Join us as we commemorate the war with engaging conversations on military actions, the people who served, and the ways we remember them.

In partnership with the American Battle Monuments Commission, the League of WWI Aviation Historians, and the World War 1 Historical Association.

Imagery: British and German aviation symbols over a cartoon of a cloud with tiny silhouetted airplanes. Text: 'Over The Front / The League of WWI Aviation Historians'

New this year


The League of WWI Aviation Historians is hosting an Autumn seminar (immediately following the Museum and Memorial's symposium) on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29. Register through the Museum and Memorial below.


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Who should attend?

All who have a general or professional interest in the periods prior to, during and after World War I. We especially recommend this symposium to educators, historians and members of organizations that study these periods. Past symposia


Stay tuned for updates on speakers and topics!




Thursday, Oct. 26

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Museum and Memorial open

3-5 p.m. — Check-in at Museum and Memorial Guest Services

Friday, Oct. 27

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Museum and Memorial open

7:30-8 a.m. — Shuttle service from the Hampton Inn Hotel to the Museum and Memorial

8:30-8:40 a.m. — Welcome | Matthew Naylor

8:40-9:40 a.m. — Session 1

9:40-10 a.m. — Break | Museum Store opens

10-11 a.m. — Session 2

11 a.m.-noon — Session 3

Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch at the Museum and Memorial | Book Signing

1-2 p.m. — Session 4

2-2:15 p.m. — Break

2:15-3:15 p.m. — Session 5

3:35-3:50 p.m. — Break

3:50-4:50 p.m. — Session 6

4:50-5:30 p.m. — Shuttle service between the Museum and Memorial and the Hampton Inn Hotel

5:30-6 p.m. — Reception

6-7:30 p.m. — Dinner | Session 7

7:30-8 p.m. — Shuttle service from the Museum and Memorial to the Hampton Inn Hotel

Saturday, Oct. 28

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Museum and Memorial open

7:30-8 a.m. — Shuttle service from the Hampton Inn Hotel to the Museum and Memorial

8 a.m. — Doors open

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Session 8

9:30-9:45 a.m. — Break

9:45-10:45 a.m. — Session 9

10:45-11:45 a.m. — Session 10

11:45 a.m.-noon — Closing Remarks | Lora Vogt

12:15-1 p.m. — Lunch at the Museum and Memorial

12:30-1:30 p.m. — Shuttle service from the Museum and Memorial to the Hampton Inn Hotel


National WWI Museum and Memorial Symposium (Oct. 27-28)

  Early Bird (ends Oct. 1) Regular (after Oct. 1)
General Registration $215 $250
Museum Volunteers $125 $125
Teacher/Student $60 $75
Online Only $60 $60
Reception Only $45 $45

The League of WWI Aviation Historians Seminar (Oct. 28-29)

  Early Bird (ends Oct. 1) Regular (after Oct. 1)
General Registration $215 $250

Combination Symposium and Seminar (Oct. 27-29)

General Registration $400

Hotel Information


A discounted block of rooms is set aside at the Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City - Country Club Plaza. Please use this link to book your room at the special Symposium rate or contact the hotel for further information. To receive the special rate, reservations must be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023.

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Refund Policy


The Museum and Memorial will honor a 50 percent refund on registration fees until Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. On Oct. 7 and beyond, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Mark Gunter at 816.888.8103 to request a refund.

In partnership with

American Battle Monuments Commission 100 years logo
Imagery: British and German aviation symbols over a cartoon of a cloud with tiny silhouetted airplanes. Text: 'Over The Front / The League of WWI Aviation Historians'
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Past Symposia

Shifting Tides: Citizenship in a World of Conflict

Nov. 4-5, 2022

Engulfed by four years of total war, the world emerged transformed. Amid the unfamiliarity of wartime and post-war societies, populations were both bound by tradition and buoyed by bids to reshape political, economic and social landscapes.

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Fractured Fronts

Oct. 29-30, 2021

As the Great War “ended,” many questions confronted the global community that remain just as pressing today as they did one hundred years ago: How does war impact how we understand ourselves and our place in the world? What does it mean to “come home” when the places and people you called home have changed irrevocably?

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1919: Peace?

Nov. 1-2, 2019

1919 was a year of sweeping changes in a landscape dramatically altered by years of unrelenting warfare. Leaders advanced towards elusive peace amid political instability, economic uncertainty and social conflict. As terms of the Treaty of Versailles were negotiated, a world reordered faced decisions and realities that would leave a complex legacy.

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1918: Crucible of War

Nov. 1-3, 2018

Explore the irrevocable changes five years of cataclysmic conflict wrought on the global stage. As borders were literally and figuratively redrawn, Allies celebrated a victory and the world came to terms with the irreparable devastation and losses of the “war to end all wars.”

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1917: America Joins the Fight

Nov. 3-4, 2017

The United States emerged from its traditional isolation in 1917 and began to take its place in the forefront of world affairs. As the U.S. mobilized its farms, industries, and formed a large army, it confronted curtailing civil liberties and faced a possible demand for equity in return for support.

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Remembering Muted Voices

Oct. 19-22, 2017

Although the U.S. actively took part in the conflict for only 18 months, the war effort introduced mass conscription, transformed the American economy and mobilized popular support through war bonds, patriotic rallies and anti-German propaganda. Nevertheless, many people desired a negotiated peace, opposed American intervention, refused to support the war effort and even imagined future world orders that could eliminate war.

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1916: Total War

Nov. 4-5, 2016

Explore the pivotal year of 1916, where global socio-political tensions created by World War I continued escalation and irrevocably changed the economic, military, and cultural landscape of the world.

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1915: Empires at War

Nov. 6-7, 2015

Explore the rising tensions in America and the globally escalating conflict that defined the world in 1915. Follow the trajectories of different countries around the world as the conflict escalated to total war, including fighting in the colonies and East Asia, stalemate in the West, Churchill’s disaster at Gallipoli, mobilization at home, and the polarization of American society around the issue of war.

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1914: Global War and American Neutrality

Nov. 7-8, 2014

Examine the origins of, reactions to and early confrontations in the First World War including the political, diplomatic, military, cultural and scientific developments prior to the war that contributed to its outbreak.

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