Understanding Life and Death on the Eastern Front: A Personal and Historical Journey
Join author and University of Kansas professor Dr. Nathan Wood in a personal and informative discussion of his research about life and death on the Eastern Front and its foreshadowing of World War II violence in the same territory. Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s special exhibition Wacht im Osten: German Encounters in the East in World War I. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
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.
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
Sunday, Jan. 8, All Day
Day in the Life: Soldier's Burden
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 the burden on soldiers during the war. Free to the public.
Looking to learn and volunteer for the new year? Do you ever wonder what it is like being a Living History Volunteer at the National World War I Museum and Memorial? Join us for a very special In the Know event where Living History Volunteers give you a behind-the-scenes look at this experience. Learn all about the Corps, how to become a living history volunteer and ask questions. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Film Friday: Les Combattants Africains de la Grande Guerre
Join us for a screening of this acclaimed 1983 documentary that tells the often-forgotten stories of West African soldiers who fought in World War I through testimonies of surviving veterans. Presented in conjunction with They Shall Not Pass | 1916 exhibition and in partnership with Alliance Française de Kansas City. Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Story Time: Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
Did you know that Jan. 18 is National Winnie-the-Pooh Day? Or that Winnie-the-Pooh was a real-life bear that cheered a regiment during the Great War? Come celebrate this bear who was much more than a “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.” Join Museum educators for a family-friendly craft session and story time! SOLD OUT | J.C Nichols Auditorium Lobby
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA for 31 consecutive hours from Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. Free to the public.