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, 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. Exhibition open Feb. 21, 2017 – Feb. 18, 2018 in Memory Hall.
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 – Oct. 22, 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
August 2 & 9, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.
This public tour is designed for kids 12 and under. You’ll spend 30 minutes in the Main Gallery with a Museum educator learning what life was like for soldiers in the war. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up on the day of the event at the Museum ticketing area. Complimentary with paid admission | Meet at Guest Services inside the Museum
Wednesday, August 2, 9:30 a.m.
In this how-to session, NARA app partner Historypin will introduce how the app has been designed to help people explore, use, and reuse newly digitized WWI photographs and moving images. National World War I Museum and Memorial’s Registrar Stacie Petersen highlights the Museum’s primary source contributions to the project and participants have the opportunity to explore the app and brainstorm with fellow teachers how to use it in the classroom. FREE with RSVP | R.A. Long Education Center Classroom
Join Dr. Kristin Griffeath, Associate Professor of Music at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and her husband, Robin Griffeath, for a lively event where they will perform a rousing medley of WWI-era hits, some of which were written and published in Kansas City! This event is sponsored by the Francis Family Foundation. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
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 embroidered silk postcards with Museum Archvist and Edward Jones Research Center Manager Jonathan Casey and a 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, August 11, 6:30 p.m.
Film Friday: Testament of Youth
Join us for a screening of the 2014 film adaptation of the World War I classic, Testament of Youth. At the outbreak of World War I, real life heroine Vera Brittain abandoned her studies to become a nurse, serving on the Western Front, Britain and Malta. Brittain later became a famed writer and pacifist, and recounted her harrowing experiences in her 1933 autobiography, which this movie poignantly and unflinchingly captures. The film stars Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington from Game of Thrones. Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Votes for women! Celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification as Museum educators host a family-friendly craft and reading of Mara Rockliff’s empowering story of two suffragists and their cross-country campaign for equality. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Join The Modernists for a day at the park – Swope Park, that is! Cheer on the Swope Park Rangers as they take on Orange County FC at home. Bonus: it’s Harry Truman Day at Swope Soccer Village. For only $25, you receive a match ticket, access to The Modernist pre-game tailgate (food and beverage included) and a Harry Truman bobblehead! Tailgate begins at 6 p.m. and the match is at 7 p.m. Tickets are for Members only ($25) | Children’s Mercy Victory Field
Art is fun. Art shares history. And, sometimes, art heals. During World War I, children were forced to cope with difficult experiences, as shown in the centennial exhibition Vive l’Amérique: French Children Welcome their American Ally. Drawing and writing were sometimes used to help children process the impact of war. Join us for a family-friendly art making experience as Dr. Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, Director of the Emporia State University Art Therapy Program, speaks about the powerful effect art creation can have on children. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
During World War I many children were forced to cope with life-altering experiences, including the sudden death of a parent. Sometimes drawing and writing were used to help these children express their feelings towards war. Join Dr. Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, Director of the Emporia State University Art Therapy Program, for a lecture (and hands-on art therapy project) on the benefits of art making in response to trauma. Drinks and snacks available. FREE for Museum Members, $7 for non-members | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Living the Great War
In conjunction with the World War I centennial commemoration, the Museum is sponsoring "Living the Great War." The free weekend event features the Living History Volunteer Corps and other World War I living historians sharing their knowledge and inviting the public to inspect their collections in a camp setting on the Museum grounds. Living historians also offer educational programs each day at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., while a children’s obstacle course is available, and the Kansas City Dawn Patrol will have several replicated WWI-era aircraft on display (weather permitting). FREE to the public | Museum Southeast Lawn
Thursday, August 31, 7:30 a.m.
Pilates in the Park
Did you know the founder of pilates used his internment during WWI to practice and refine his now-popular system of stretching and resistance on other internees? Join us on the final Thursday of each month this summer as teachers from the Kansas City Ballet School lead a pilates program to start your morning! The program features non-impact, core developing and flexibility exercises for people at any level of fitness. BYOM (Bring your own mat). FREE with pre-registration | Museum Southeast Lawn (J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby in case of rain)
Join The Modernists for drinks and general revelry on the final Thursday of each month at Tom’s Town at 1701 Main St. 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) | Tom’s Town Distillery