Disturbing the Peace: Creating a New Story for Conflict Resolution
In a timely blueprint for conflict resolution of every stripe: at home, abroad and in our communities, join this lively conversation on how human potential is unleashed and new possibilities created. Join filmmakers Stephen Apkon and Marcina Hale as well as political scientist Dr. Gary Armstrong with former Israeli and Palestinian combatants turned peacemakers for a panel discussion about creating peace out of conflict in conjunction with the award-winning documentary film Disturbing the Peace showing at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 7. Presented in partnership with Park University, the National Archives at Kansas City and Reconsider. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Mud and mayhem, death and destruction, staggering unnecessary losses. All aptly describe the two pivotal battles of 1916, the Somme and Verdun. The attack by British and French forces was meant to break the Western Front stalemate. It did not. They Shall Not Pass | 1916, on display May 6, 2016 – March 12, 2017 in Exhibit Hall, sheds light on the personal side of the conflict.
Wacht im Osten: German Encounters with the East in World War I
When the German army advanced into the western territory of the Russian Empire (Poland, Lithuania, Belarus) in the spring and summer of 1915, the German soldier encountered a physical and cultural environment quite different from what he previously experienced. Wacht im Osten “Watch in the East” explores this encounter between the German soldier and the land and people he found himself trying to understand.
Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster, previously the successful medium of commercial advertising was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Its value as an educational or stimulating influence was more and more appreciated. The poster could impress an idea quickly, vividly and lastingly. Posters as Munitions, 1917 showcases the depth and breadth of the collection through a series of works on exhibition for the first time at the Museum. Posters from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and more are featured, providing a sense of the global nature of this form of communication.
History is brought to life in this family-friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts. Complimentary with paid admission | Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
Thursdays at 2 p.m.
Complimentary Museum Tour
Explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up on Thursdays at the Museum ticketing window. Complimentary with paid admission | Museum Main Gallery
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10:30am
Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle
Come do your bit - knit! Just as in WWI, knitting is a way to share comfort and bring a community of friends together to talk, laugh and create. Whether just starting out or an expert able to share your knowledge, join us for a quick history lesson and free WWI era specific pattern. BYONY (bring your own needles and yarn). Your own projects are welcome! FREE with RSVP | R.A. Long Education Center Classroom
Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Film Friday: Legends of the Fall
An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of the United States in the 1900s and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, love and betrayal. Legends of the Fall features Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt. Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
The Living History Volunteer Corps will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on gas warfare during the war. Free to the public.
Chocolate has long been treated as a valuable resource during times of war, providing energy while also keeping wartime sprits high. Join the Modernists for an intimate, happy-hour chocolate tasting with a quick conversation on valentines, chocolate and WWI.Visit Eventbrite for Ticket Availability | André’s Confiserie Suisse
Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Friday, Feb. 17
Homeschool Week in the Crown Center District
In conjunction with organizations in the Crown Center District, the Museum hosts special activities during Homeschool Week! For more on tour and ticket pricing, contact the Museum Learning Coordinator at 816.888.8153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m.
Story Time: Louis I, King of Sheep
Ewe won’t want to miss this event! Join Museum educators for a family-friendly craft and reading of Olivier Tallec’s comical and cautionary tale of a mutton-turned-monarch and the fragility of power. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Mid America Freedom Band: On Generation and Corruption
Join Mid America Freedom Band and tenor Jacob Sentgeorge for a free educational concert featuring selections written by composers during World War I. Songs by Charles Ives, Ivor Gurney, Lili Boulanger, George Cohan, and Irving Berlin take center stage and are complemented by instrumental selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song. Visit freedomband.com for more information | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Last Stands: The Eastern Front in Literature and Film
Explore how the traumatic destructiveness of the Eastern Front was different from the Western Front and perhaps was more comparable to the Civil War. Enjoy this enlightening conversation with 20th century film and literature specialist and German language professor Dr. Larson Powell of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Wacht im Osten: German Encounters with the East in World War I. Supported by the Francis Family Foundation. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center