The National World War I Museum and Memorial is honored to host America's national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States' entry into the Great War. Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony will be held on April 6, 2017, at the Museum.
At the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, join American Experience, KCPT, and the Museum for an exclusive conversation and special sneak peek of the new miniseries The Great War. KCPT’s Randy Mason explores this pivotal event in American history and how it transformed America with American Experience senior producer Susan Bellows, director Rob Rapley, historian Nancy Bristow, and authors Robert Laplander and Richard Rubin. Reception with cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
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.
Vive l’Amérique: French Children Welcome Their American Ally
When the U.S. entered WWI in April 1917, a school teacher in the Montmartre district of Paris asked his students to write essays and express in drawings how this would affect their lives. A century later, Le Vieux Montmartre Historical Society loans 30 of these drawings and two essays on this subject to be on exhibit the first time anywhere in the world. Exhibition open March 21 – Oct. 15, 2017.
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918
Michael St Maur Sheil’s portraits of WWI battlefields are featured in an outdoor photographic exhibition which tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining living witness: the fields of battle themselves. Once places of devastating violence, we now see landscapes of great beauty, testament to peace and remembrance. Open March 31 – Aug. 20, 2017
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 – April 8, 2018 in Exhibit Hall.
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, Apr. 1 at 10:30 a.m.
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 about Jane Austen with Gaye Stevick and a free WWI era specific pattern. BYONY (bring your own needles and yarn). Your own projects are welcome! FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Fields of Battle - Walking Tour
Join award-winning photojournalist and curator Michael St Maur Sheil on a brief walking tour of the special centennial outdoor exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918. Hear the stories behind the incredible contemporary photographs. Book purchase suggested and reservation required. Limited space available. Book signing follows tour. Tour Begins at Guest Services station inside Museum
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 medical aspects of the war. Free to the public.
Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.
My Fellow Soldiers
Historian and New York Times bestselling author Andrew Carroll will discuss his latest book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War, in an event sponsored by Rainy Day Books at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Admission is $35 and includes one autographed hardcover of My Fellow Soldiers, one stamped autographing admission ticket, and an additional guest admission ticket, if desired. A free admission ticket is also available to Museum members, but does not include a copy of the book. | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
This classic film tells the story of Sgt. Alvin York. York dealt with the global conflict of World War I, as well as a personal conflict with his own ideas of right and wrong to become a great American hero. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film features Gary Cooper, who won the 1942 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of York. Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. Free with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Did you know that many soldiers during World War I were underage? Catching the fever to fight, many boys pretended to be older to become enlisted. Join Museum educators for a family-friendly craft and reading of Lynn Huggins-Cooper’s story that follows one boy’s decision—one taken by many young boys—to go to war. Based on the true story of Sydney Dobson. Two free story times are available on Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Email to RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
At the centenary of United States’ entry in to World War I, join noted and invigorating lecturer, Dr. Richard S. Faulkner, for an examination of how the U.S. Army met the myriad of difficulties presented in entering the fray in the Great War and the country’s effectiveness as a fighting force. The John J. Pershing Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Cash Bar/Small plates available. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
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.
Saturday, April 29, 7:30 pm
But Who Shall Return Us Our Children? - A Kipling Passion
Author Rudyard Kipling is remembered around the world, but less well known is the impact the First World War had on Kipling in the wake of his son’s death at the Battle of Loos. In this new oratorio, American composer John Muehleisen explores the costs of war from the point of view of the families left behind in this moving world premiere, scored for soprano, tenor, and bass soloists with choir and chamber orchestra. Tickets are $25, $10 for students at the door | J.C. Nichols Auditorium