National WWI Museum and Memorial

National WWI Museum and Memorial The National WWI Museum and Memorial is dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact. The Museum's summer hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Museum is closed on Mondays from Labor Day to Memorial Day. See website for special holiday hours.

Operating as usual

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09/18/2020
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We're in fine company alongside National Army Museum and Imperial War Museum London (pictured below, with their dramatic History of Bombs installation at the entrance).

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We welcome guests to visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial safely! Your visit will be different due to the spread o...
09/18/2020
COVID-19 Safety | National WWI Museum and Memorial

We welcome guests to visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial safely! Your visit will be different due to the spread of COVID-19, but safety is our top priority for our guests, staff and volunteers.

We're open Tue-Sun, 10a - 5 p.m.
Plan your safe visit in the link below.

As of June 1, 2020 (members) and June 2 (general public), we welcome guests to visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Your visit will be different due to the spread of COVID-19, but safety is our top priority for our guests, staff and volunteers. In conjunction with guidelines provided by healt...

Washington D.C. has memorials to only a few U.S. presidents and today, another one joins the list honoring the WWI and W...
09/17/2020

Washington D.C. has memorials to only a few U.S. presidents and today, another one joins the list honoring the WWI and WWII veteran, President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Watch the opening ceremony of the Eisenhower Memorial LIVE on Facebook today at 7p (EST) on Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission's page.

Learn more about the new memorial at eisenhowermemorial.gov.

Fascism has its origins in the late 1800s but became more defined during World War I. Following the war, many fascist mo...
09/16/2020
Fascism

Fascism has its origins in the late 1800s but became more defined during World War I. Following the war, many fascist movements and parties existed across Europe and the U.S.

On Sept. 9, Dictionary.com reported that searches on their website for the definition of "fascism" had skyrocketed. Their definition: "A governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism."

For a robust look at what defines and characterizes "fascism" as well as a comparison to "Nazism" (words often used interchangeably), please click the link below to read United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's piece with more historical context from a team that works in this subject matter daily.

Fascism is a far-right political philosophy, or theory of government, that emerged in the early twentieth century. Fascism prioritizes the nation over the individual, who exists to serve the nation. While fascist move...

Composed during World War I, Kastalsky’s “Requiem” was nearly lost. This “musical collage” from the “prayers for the dea...
09/16/2020

Composed during World War I, Kastalsky’s “Requiem” was nearly lost. This “musical collage” from the “prayers for the dead" received its full performance over a century later, with The Kansas City Chorale joined by the Orchestra of St. Luke's, led by conductor Leonard Slatkin.

The recording of this history-making performance is now available to hear through one of these platforms: https://naxos.lnk.to/KastalskyRequiemEL.

Our neighbors at Union Station Kansas City Inc. announced their next large exhibition coming to Kansas City: "Auschwitz....
09/16/2020

Our neighbors at Union Station Kansas City Inc. announced their next large exhibition coming to Kansas City: "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away," featuring 700+ original artifacts and 400 photographs. Opens June 2021. | http://ow.ly/Pg1i30raanB

Last year, we hosted the international Holocaust remembrance outdoor exhibition Lest We Forget, featuring 70 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors from across the world and 7 from Kansas City. We were deeply moved by the outpouring of support for the project and the large numbers of visitors to witness these stories and faces.

WWI did not directly lead to WWII. But the experiences of devastating conflict and the resulting unstable “peace” set the stage for the rise of fascism. The stones were laid and examples were set for horrifying crimes against humanity.

Our team monitors the news daily for mentions relating to World War I and stories about its enduring impact to find educ...
09/15/2020
Andy Ostmeyer: The forgotten war is on all of us

Our team monitors the news daily for mentions relating to World War I and stories about its enduring impact to find educational opportunities.

"Mention “Belleau Wood” or “Meuse-Argonne” to college-educated people and they have no idea what you’re talking about. The National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City saw the recent controversy as an opportunity to educate. It tweeted out: “It (Belleau Wood) was the battle that proved that America had what it takes...”

Thank you to Andy for this honest piece exploring WWI in the public memory with a special look at our work and mission.

Readers had mixed reactions to our news stories and to my column last week about allegations that President Donald Trump referred to U.S. World War I soldiers who are buried

Beautiful close-up and magical shot of a Guardian Spirit by C.T. Thongklin. Carved by Robert Aitken and each standing 40...
09/14/2020

Beautiful close-up and magical shot of a Guardian Spirit by C.T. Thongklin.

Carved by Robert Aitken and each standing 40-feet tall, four Guardian Spirits watch over the Memorial from the top of the Tower. As protectors of peace, each guardian holds a sword and is named for the virtue it represents: Honor, Courage, Patriotism and Sacrifice.

Please join The Kansas City Symphony musicians on the North Lawn of the Museum and Memorial for a special free chamber m...
09/14/2020

Please join The Kansas City Symphony musicians on the North Lawn of the Museum and Memorial for a special free chamber music concert on Sept. 19, from 6-7:15 p.m.!

A list of music they will perform will be available at kcsymphony.org that evening. No reservations needed but please practice safe social distancing with fellow attendees.

Today, we are reminded of the strength that was exhibited by Americans in response to a horrifying tragedy. Flags at the...
09/11/2020

Today, we are reminded of the strength that was exhibited by Americans in response to a horrifying tragedy. Flags at the Museum and Memorial are at half-staff, marking the 19th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11.

#NeverForget

There's something special about a town coming together to celebrate a local team. This sunset capture of the North Lawn ...
09/10/2020

There's something special about a town coming together to celebrate a local team. This sunset capture of the North Lawn with one of the many newly painted Chief's logos around town is a sweet reminder of the last time Kansas City came together to celebrate a Super Bowl win on the grounds of the Museum earlier this year.

So much energy in our town for tonight's game. Stay safe and enthusiastic, Chief's Kingdom!

📷 Weston Owen

This Saturday is our annual #NightAtTheTower gala. Tickets for the virtual experience are available at nightatthetower.o...
09/10/2020

This Saturday is our annual #NightAtTheTower gala. Tickets for the virtual experience are available at nightatthetower.org.

You can also support the Museum by checking out our silent auction by texting “NAT2020” to 76278 or by visiting nat2020.givesmart.com. The silent auction is open to anyone who would like to participate. Good luck on your bidding between now and Saturday night and thank you for supporting our mission!

On #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, we call attention to the devastating truth that 140 veterans are lost to suicide each wee...
09/10/2020

On #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, we call attention to the devastating truth that 140 veterans are lost to suicide each week.

Honoring our veterans and remembering all those who continue to carry the heavy burden of service should be a priority every day in our communities and a focus for our leaders.

Veterans or those who know a veteran in crisis can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24/7. Please reach out to your loved ones today.

09/09/2020
Civil Rights and WWI

When the United States officially joined the war in 1917, it was under the promise it did so to “make the world safe for democracy.” But what did this mean to disenfranchised groups like African Americans, American Indians and women? Dr. Noelle Trent, Director of Interpretation, Collections, and Education, at the Civil Rights Museum discusses why Wilson’s war slogan rang hollow for many, and how WWI served as a catalyst for political activism post-war.

Photographs from our first ever Jazz on the Lawn event during a safe gathering in support of the Museum and Memorial. We...
09/09/2020

Photographs from our first ever Jazz on the Lawn event during a safe gathering in support of the Museum and Memorial. We enjoyed sensational music and conversation from Grand Marquis band and special guests Hartzell Gray and former Kansas City Mayor Sly James. The August sun was out the wonderful breezes, colorful picnics, and KC's first smart gathering of people overwhelmed us. Thank you for joining us and supporting our mission!

Photos by Jeff Evrard Photography and M. Spilker

Photographs from our first ever Jazz on the Lawn event during a safe gathering in support of the Museum and Memorial. We enjoyed sensational music and conversation from Grand Marquis band and special guests Hartzell Gray and former Kansas City Mayor Sly James. The August sun was out the wonderful breezes, colorful picnics, and KC's first smart gathering of people overwhelmed us. Thank you for joining us and supporting our mission!

Photos by Jeff Evrard Photography and M. Spilker

Our nation's capital has memorials to only a few U.S. presidents, and soon that list will include President Dwight D. Ei...
09/09/2020
In 2020, Eisenhower Is a Lantern in the Dark - War on the Rocks

Our nation's capital has memorials to only a few U.S. presidents, and soon that list will include President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Below is a great piece by our friends at War on the Rocks exploring his military and political career in light of the new memorial opening on Sept. 17.

Eisenhower got his leadership start during WWI. After the U.S. declared war on Germany in 1917, he was promoted to Captain and actively trained officer candidates in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Later he was sent to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to serve as an instructor. In 1918, he was appointed to his first independent command at Camp Colt, an Army Tank Corps training center in Gettysburg. He received a temporary promotion to Major, and then to Lt. Colonel on Oct. 14. Shortly before he was due to deploy, the Armistice was signed.

Four months ago, as America’s monument to Dwight D. Eisenhower readied to open officially just off the national mall in Washington, the celebration was

The "Charge of French People" is a print by Louis Raemaekers with an accompanying note, written on this day in 1914 by F...
09/09/2020

The "Charge of French People" is a print by Louis Raemaekers with an accompanying note, written on this day in 1914 by Franchet d’Esperey, the General Commanding the Vth Army.

“This first success is no more than a prelude. The enemy is shaken, but not yet decisively beaten. You have still to undergo severe hardships, to make long marches, to fight hard battles. May the image of your country, soiled by barbarians, always remain before your eyes. Saluting the heroes who have fallen in the fighting of the last few days, my thoughts turn towards you—the victors in the next battle.

Forward, soldiers, for France."

We are now in our fall and winter operating hours of Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., until Memorial Day of next year. ...
09/08/2020

We are now in our fall and winter operating hours of Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., until Memorial Day of next year. Plan your next visit at theworldwar.org/safe.

Autumn photograph from last year by Eric Bowers

09/08/2020
Dan Rather

We appreciated this video of Dan Rather bringing attention and honor to John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" over the weekend, the most famous poem to emerge from World War I.

The poem’s first two stanzas have become a poignant testament against war and wasted lives. Often ignored is the tone of the third and last stanza, where the narrator’s voice changes abruptly to a passionate call for vengeance and doing one’s duty.

Another request came in for me to read the immortal war poem "In Flanders Fields" by the Canadian physician and Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, who served and died during WWI. The poem has always moved me, and I am once again happy to oblige.

I also share the text here:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

We hope you've enjoyed your holiday weekend! We're looking forward to celebrating with you all virtually this next Satur...
09/07/2020

We hope you've enjoyed your holiday weekend! We're looking forward to celebrating with you all virtually this next Saturday at our annual #NightAtTheTower gala. Tickets are available at nightatthetower.org.

You can also support the Museum by checking out our silent auction (now live) by texting “NAT2020” to 76278 or by visiting https://e.givesmart.com/events/hEU/. The silent auction is open to anyone who would like to participate. Good luck on your bidding!

Great piece promoting the Tolkien Society of Kansas City with the cover image from our Tolkien game night at the Museum ...
09/06/2020
There’s no fee to join this society, but a love of fantasy is a firm requirement

Great piece promoting the Tolkien Society of Kansas City with the cover image from our Tolkien game night at the Museum and Memorial.

Follow the Tolkien Society of Kansas City and look out for our many programs each year highlighting #Tolkien writings and his Great War inspiration!

Olathe and other library systems are using Zoom to allow these programs to still take place in the midst of the pandemic.

Containing the graves of #WW1 soldiers killed during the winter battles for the Łupkowska Pass in 1915, the cemeteries a...
09/06/2020
Archaeologists unearth forgotten WWI war graves

Containing the graves of #WW1 soldiers killed during the winter battles for the Łupkowska Pass in 1915, the cemeteries are thought to have been built two years later before falling into disrepair and being swallowed by nature.

Working in close collaboration with local volunteers and Community of Komańcza, a team of archaeologists from Kraków’s Jagiellonian University have discovered the remains of two World War One cemeteries as well as solved the mystery of an obelisk mentioned in The Good Soldier Svejk around Łupk....

What happened at Belleau Wood in June 1918 was an important moment in the development of the U.S. Marine Corps and the A...
09/04/2020

What happened at Belleau Wood in June 1918 was an important moment in the development of the U.S. Marine Corps and the American Expeditionary Forces' contribution in the war. It was the battle that proved that America had what it takes, even when personal sacrifices were immense. One Navy dental surgeon (attached to the USMC) Lt. Weedon F. Osborne received the Distinguished Service Cross (posthumously) as he “voluntarily risked his life during the advance on Bouresches on June 6, 1918, by helping to carry the wounded to places of safety, and while engaged in this difficult duty was struck by a shell and killed.”

At the National WWI Museum and Memorial, our mission is to share the enduring impact of WWI and to honor the men and women who served and died in the service of their country. Honoring our war dead is a great and serious responsibility.

Image: Recent photo of the still devastated lands surrounding Belleau Wood by photographer Mike St Maur Sheil.

The Senate version of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act currently does not contain funding for Stars an...
09/04/2020

The Senate version of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act currently does not contain funding for Stars and Stripes, the military's newspaper for service members. A recent memo indicates the newspaper may have to shutter by Sept. 30, 2020.

The first World War I print of Stars and Stripes (pictured below from the Collection), reported for active service to the A.E.F. on Feb. 8, 1918. The newspaper has been a voice for U.S. troops since the Civil War when the first edition rolled off the presses in Missouri in 1861.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | Silk and Steel: French Women, Fashion and WWIWWI exploded in the late summer of 1914 and though un...
09/03/2020

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | Silk and Steel: French Women, Fashion and WWI

WWI exploded in the late summer of 1914 and though underrepresented in the histories, women were working hard in war industries, nursing, transportation and fighting for equal rights. The survival of women’s fashion also played an important role in keeping up morale, maintaining ties with allies and even helping war-time economies, especially in France.

From the evolution of the war-time silhouette, the influence of military uniforms and post-war emancipation, Silk and Steel, provides a new chapter of the history of the war at the Museum and Memorial.

Open Sept. 25, 2020 – April 11, 2021 in Wylie Gallery. Learn more and purchase advance tickets here: http://ow.ly/3kRb30r7ZpJ

Our photograph of "Sgt. Downs and "Shorty" Childs at the Ration Dump" was taken on this date in 1918 by the Signal Corps...
09/01/2020

Our photograph of "Sgt. Downs and "Shorty" Childs at the Ration Dump" was taken on this date in 1918 by the Signal Corps.

Caption: "The Quartermaster Corps caters to the individual needs of the men. They bake for all sizes."

The Museum and Memorial is currently open for 7 days a week until September 7 when we'll switch to fall hours. Make the ...
08/30/2020

The Museum and Memorial is currently open for 7 days a week until September 7 when we'll switch to fall hours. Make the most of our Mon-Sun schedule by planning a visit at theworldwar.org/safety.

Current Exhibitions include:
• 100 Years of Collecting
• 100 Years of Collecting: Art
• Votes & Voices
Learn more: http://ow.ly/RXWU30r7cka

Due to the morning storms, we have cancelled our Living the Great War event that was to take place outside. But we manag...
08/29/2020

Due to the morning storms, we have cancelled our Living the Great War event that was to take place outside. But we managed to grab a group photograph of our amazing Living History Volunteers before we headed back in.

For those concerned about the rain for Jazz on the Lawn, we are still proceeding with the event as the clouds should pass by early afternoon. Stay up-to-date on our event page at: Jazz On the Lawn.

Despite our Congressional designation as a national institution, we do not receive federal funding. In 2019, 52% of reve...
08/28/2020

Despite our Congressional designation as a national institution, we do not receive federal funding. In 2019, 52% of revenue came from donor support, and 42% from ticket sale, events, store and catering.

The world is in a different spot for fundraising in-person this year but our team has created a virtual event for our sixth annual Night at the Tower | 2020 gala to be celebrated safely at your home in a small group or party for two. Enjoy a fast-paced, 35-minute, custom-crafted stream of entertainment, unique auction items and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Museum and Memorial treasures.

Tickets on sale now at nightatthetower.org. Thank you for supporting the Museum and Memorial!

For those attending Jazz on the Lawn this weekend, we're looking forward to having you! Please check your email inboxes ...
08/27/2020

For those attending Jazz on the Lawn this weekend, we're looking forward to having you! Please check your email inboxes today for detailed information about your reservation along with important parking and check-in instructions. You can follow along with any event updates at Jazz On the Lawn.

Reminder that each blanket space can only hold up to 4 people. Please be kind your neighbors and follow all social distancing guidelines!

We also have the limited edition Jazz on the Lawn event poster featuring an abstract drawing of the Museum now available at http://ow.ly/Cpak30r6GUj. Only 100 are available and each purchase supports our mission.

#JazzPicnicKC

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GENERAL ADMISSION Adults | $18 Seniors (Ages 65+) | $14 Military (Veterans and Active Duty) | $14 Youth (Ages 6-18) | $10 Children (Under 6) | FREE Members | FREE General Admission includes access to the Main Gallery, Exhibit Hall, Memory Hall and Ellis Gallery. There is an additional cost for admission to Wylie Gallery. The Liberty Memorial Tower is currently closed. See complete admission and discount information here: https://www.theworldwar.org/visit/plan-your-visit/hours-admission

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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(816) 888-8100

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Are you still having the “Living the Great War” event today, with the thunderstorms? Or will it be rescheduled? My boys have been looking forward to it!!
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#TapsAtTheTower Beautiful Ceremony!
A perfect Father's Day gift!
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