History reveals the unique challenges faced by African Americans in times of war. Join Colonel (ret) Krewasky Salter, (Guest) Curator of Double Victory: The African American Military Experience and Military Subject Matter Expert at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), as we explore the complex meanings and enduring impact of WWI in a special event. Reception begins at 6 p.m. FREE with RSVP | 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
Tuesday, Jan. 30 – Friday, Feb. 2
Homeschool Week in the Crown Center District
In conjunction with organizations in the Crown Center District, the Museum will host special activities during Homeschool Week! Guests will enjoy a complimentary guided tour, a discounted rate of $5 per ticket and a free Museum and Memorial Family Guide. Tour spaces are limited and RSVP's are required.
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 as Kansas City Museum’s Kate Warfield shares pearls on knitting. BYONY (bring your own needles and yarn). Your own projects are welcome! Free with RSVP | R.A. Long Education Center Classroom
The Crown Center District opens its doors this February for a series of special “date night” events! Get acquainted with your National World War I Museum and Memorial main gallery as Curator of Education Lora Vogt shares stories of love and war in a 60-minute exclusive event to enjoy with your valentine, your palentine or your adversary. Tickets are $6 and include a drink | Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
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 will focus on trench warfare during the war. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about how this type of fighting influenced military strategies for both the Allied and Central Powers and ask questions of our Living History Volunteer Corps. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
The 1914 Christmas Truce is cleverly intertwined with Doctor Who – but we don’t want to give spoilers. Come with your favorite companion and discover new WWI facts and how clever that madman in the blue box can be with a viewing of the last episode in the 2017 season. Cash bar/small plates begin at 6 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
In the Know: Meet your Edward Jones Research Center
Join expert researcher Jerry Schmidt for an afternoon of getting acquainted with the Museum’s own archive! Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the Center’s holdings, resources and how we can help you start your own research. Discover what treasures your Museum has to offer at our 2018 inaugural In the Know program. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
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
Did you know John Singer Sargent’s world-famous painting Gassed is in Kansas City? Join us for our special family-friendly program where a staff member leads an interactive viewing of the work and guests will see how Sargent used his observational skills to create his masterpiece. Discover your inner art historian at this family-friendly exploration! Complimentary with paid admission to the Wylie Gallery | Wylie Gallery
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 P.M. & 4 P.M.
Mid America Freedom Band - Votes for Women!
The Women’s Suffrage Movement continued to gain momentum during World War I. Join the Mid America Freedom Band and they recreate portions of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Procession in Washington, D.C., highlighting Missouri’s own Alma Nash and her musical contributions to this important milestone in the fight for equality. SOLD OUT | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
From "Bandana Land" to "No Man's Land": James Reese Europe's Musical Journey
Join Michael Dinwiddie, associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, for Park University’s annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series where he will speak about James Reese Europe and his impact on jazz in Europe during World War I. Attendees will also enjoy a jazz performance of Europe’s most rousing numbers during the program. Sponsored by Park University’s Program of History and in partnership with the American Jazz Museum, National Archives at Kansas City, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. RSVP at park.edu | Gem Theater
Join Museum and Memorial Senior Curator Doran Cart in a 30-minute conversation about John Singer Sargent: Gassed, the inaugural exhibition of the Wylie Gallery, and the big ideas addressed: a British masterpiece painting, detection and protection of chemical weapons and the enduring impact of WWI. Cash bar/small plates begins at 5:30 p.m. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium