Hundreds of women, fluent in multiple languages, served within the U.S. Army Signal Corps, playing a pivotal role in wartime communication. They became known as the “Hello Girls.” This year, Women’s History Month coincides with the 100th anniversary of the overseas deployment of the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit. Join Elizabeth Cobbs, author of The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers, in a discussion on the invaluable role these pioneering woman served and their legacy today. Presented in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas City. Cash bar/small plates begin at 6 p.m. SOLD OUT | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Posters as Munitions 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. Exhibition currently open in Memory Hall.
Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic
Focusing on the final two years of the Great War with the emphasis on American involvement, Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic features works by French, British, German and American artists who attempted to capture the harsh realities of the incredibly brutal war. The exhibition was organized by Brown University Library and The President Woodrow Wilson House. Open Nov. 9, 2017 – May 13, 2018 in the Ellis Gallery.
John Singer Sargent’s incredible masterpiece Gassed is truly one of the giants of the art world at more than nine feet tall by 21 feet long. The landmark painting is the focal point in this special centennial exhibition that also includes original maps of the dressing station where Sargent witnessed the scene he depicted and reproductions of many of his study drawings and featuring historical and contemporary objects on detection and protection from chemical warfare. Exhibition open Feb. 23 – June 3, 2018 in the Wylie Gallery.
The Centennial exhibition showcases the incredible events that occurred worldwide from America’s official entry into the war and Russia’s upheavals from an Imperial state to Bolshevik rule. The stalemated battles on the Western Front and in other theaters and troubles on the home fronts also led to societal changes, mutinies and revolts. Exhibition open April 7, 2017 – March 11, 2018 in Exhibit Hall.
History beats with the human impulse to create art in response to war and in turn, this art inspires others, creating a collective cultural memory. Art helps us interpret, reinterpret and remember our history. A young Ernest Hemingway left Kansas City in 1918 to volunteer in Italy during WWI. His wartime experiences shaped his writing that then went on to inspire contemporary Italian artists in creating this global digital media project, Insight. Come take a listen. On the Research Level Feb. 1 - May 19, 2018.
History is brought to life in this family‑friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts. FREE to the public | Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
Thursdays at 2:30 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
Saturdays at 1 P.M.
Gassed Hands-on History
Did you know John Singer Sargent’s world-famous painting Gassed is now on display at the Museum and Memorial? Join us for a Gassed-edition Hands-on-History where Education staff lead an interactive viewing of the work to see how Sargent used his observational skills to create this masterpiece. Discover your inner art historian at this family-friendly exploration! Complimentary with Wylie Gallery admission | Wylie Gallery
Saturday, March 3, 1 P.M.
Revolutions:The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
On March 3, 1918, Vladimir Lenin's new Soviet Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany, ending Russia's participation in the First World War. Join us as award-winning author, Russian- military history expert and professor at the U.S. Naval War College, Dr. David Stone, explores how Brest-Litovsk shifted the course of the war, planting the seeds of conflict in Eastern Europe that are still with us today. Book signing to follow. Presented in partnership with Russian House of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Medal of Honor Character Development Program: Educator Training
This full day training provides middle and high school teachers with a flexible, cross-curricular resource focused on teaching students to use examples of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship and patriotism to influence change in their own communities. Teachers who attend will learn best practices for their classrooms, meet and hear from Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlan and receive all resources at no cost. The workshop, including breakfast and lunch, is free. Teachers will also receive a reimbursement for substitute costs. RSVP required. Visit themedalofhonor.com to register | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Sunday, March 11, ALL DAY
Day in the Life: Gas Warfare
The Living History Volunteer Corps will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! This month they focus on gas warfare. Join us as we learn about the history of the detection, protection and use of gas and how it changed how war was fought. Guests will have the opportunity to ask our Living History Volunteer Corps questions and view non-accessioned WWI objects up close. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Have you visited the Museum and Memorial’s new Wylie Gallery? How about in a small group led by a Curator? Join The Modernists, the Young Friends of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, for a private look at the Wylie Gallery and John Singer Sargent Gassed with Senior Curator Doran Cart. Grab your spot; space is limited. Happy hour refreshments will be provided. SOLD OUT | Wylie Gallery
John Singer Sargent's Gassed is among the most potent images to emerge from World War I. Sargent was among dozens of American artists who responded to the war, making art about its impact on society and their own lives. Join the engaging American art expert Robert Cozzolino as he explores how American artists imagined the war and its impact. From using traditional forms of representation to experimenting with new visual languages, these artists created work that both contextualizes and confounds how we understand the war one hundred years later. Cash bar/ small plates begins at 6:00 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
National Association of Composers Anniversary Concert
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA) with a powerful concert that contemplates the Great War and the tragic impact of armed conflict. NACUSA is one of the oldest organizations devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music. Many of America's most distinguished composers have been among its members. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Saturday, March 17, 10:30 A.M.
Story Time: Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
Be dazzled by this beautiful family-friendly story time! During World War I more than 4,000 British war ships were painted with bright, bold patterns to confuse foes on their speed and direction. Join Museum and Memorial educators for a family-friendly craft and reading of Chris Barton’s stunning story of how the Atlantic sparkled with ships of every stripe! FREE with RSVP| J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme
Join the Kansas City Actors Theatre for a one-time staged reading of “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme” by Frank McGuiness. This riveting, lyrical play by the author of “Someone Who'll Watch Over Me” follows a group of Irish Protestant volunteers and their journey during World War I. Sponsored by the Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund. FREE RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 816.361.5228 | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m.
Glamorous Night: An Ivor Novello Musical Revue
A British family celebrates their daughter’s engagement with a glamorous and musical evening. But in the midst of this joy and merriment comes the announcement of ensuing chaos – the Great War. Glamorous Night is a revue of popular music during wartime by Ivor Novello, legendary English stage and screen performer and composer. Presented in partnership with William Jewell College. FREE with RSVP | J.C Nichols Auditorium
Bring the kids and Easter baskets to enjoy some family fun! Enjoy petting zoo animals, cookie decorating, bounce houses, bubbles, temporary tattoos, games, crafts and many more fun family activities including an egg hunt and a special visit by the Easter Bunny! Hop on out to the National World War I Museum and Memorial to join the fun! FREE to the public | Southeast Lawn
Sunday, March 25, 2 P.M.
Talking Tolkien: Tolkien Society of Kansas City
Thirsty for more knowledge on J.R.R. Tolkien? Enjoy a Hobbit-worthy breakfast for your brain on International Tolkien Reading Day with Tolkien Society President of Kansas City, Roberta Park, as she speaks about the beloved author’s experiences in World War I and how they informed his greatest literary masterpieces. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Warfare and chemical weapons continue to have the same horrific impact today as they did when John Singer Sargent was moved to paint blinded WWI soldiers for his monumental work Gassed. Join us for three rapid-fire presentations looking at the different aspects of the legacy of this violence, and what has – and has not – changed in the last century. Cash bar/small plates begin at 6 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Join The Modernists for drinks and general revelry on the final Thursday of each month at Nomad’s Coffee and Cocktails at 1804 West 39th Street. Open to members and non-members alike, we promise good company and conversation with even better whiskey. Learn more about upcoming events, membership and ways to support our local national treasure. FREE to the public (drinks not included) | Nomad’s Coffee and Cocktails