Join the Museum for our latest offering in the Operation series, Operation: Romanov! At the centennial of the Russian Revolution, imbibe in a vodka infused revolutionary look at prohibition in Russia during WWI and the rise of local distilleries. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a food/cocktail hour followed by the program at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 ($15 for members) | 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.
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
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
Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Pershing Lecture Series: Lawfare
The law and warfare have always been intertwined, but never has the connection between the two been so codified and radically changed as during World War I. Join Mark Hull as he discusses how the war and its aftermath shattered the traditional legal abyss that divided supreme sovereign authority and the soldier pulling the trigger. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
The Schul of Your Ancestors: Exploring the Architecture of Ashkenazi Wooden Synagogues
For 800 years, the Jews of East Central Europe lived, worked, and prayed in multicultural societies, a cultural diversity that is reflected in the architecture of the most important building of Jewish communal life: the synagogue. In this illustrated talk, Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn shares historical and contemporary images of wooden synagogues of Ashkenazi culture to discuss the relations between the various social groups of Eastern Europe. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
When you think of epic tales of Russia, you likely think of this 1965 film. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this sweeping romantic film tells the story of star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of WWI and the Russian Civil War. Join us as we recognize the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with this classic film, viewed on the big screen as it was intended. Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. Free with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Day in the Life: Soldiers of the War - The Eastern Front 1917
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 life of soldiers on the Eastern Front in 1917. Free to the public.
In 1903, the Russian government began its series of pogroms against all people of Jewish descent. Those who did not perish were expelled from their homes, taking no more than what they could carry. Many were able to find refuge in the United States. Join us for a family-friendly event as we read the true story of how Patricia Polacco’s great-grandmother was able to escape—thanks to a cup of tea. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
The idea that Easter 1916 formed part of the ‘seamless robe’ that was Ireland’s experience of the First World War has become increasingly accepted in Ireland, but what are the implications of this for understanding Ireland’s post-war experiences? To what extent must Ireland’s revolution be understood within a global, as well as nation-state, framework, and how might this be achieved? Join us for a lecture by prominent Irish writer and historian Dr. Fearghal McGarry as he explores these critical issues. Presented in partnership with the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas City Irish Fest. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
At the onset of the centennial commemoration, join us for an exclusive opening of the Museum co-authored traveling exhibition, Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace. A master storyteller, photo-journalist Michael St Maur Sheil turned his eye to the battlefields of World War I and spent nearly a decade creating the haunting imagery found in the outdoor exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917-1918. Join the artist, Museum President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor and Museum Senior Curator Doran Cart for an unforgettable evening ushering in the centennial of the U.S. entry into the war. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium