WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict

WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict is an upcoming exhibit that will be housed at the main location of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc.
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Operating as usual

04/02/2021
03/23/2021
National WWI Museum and Memorial

National WWI Museum and Memorial

Glimpses of laughter. Playful animals. Cockpit close-ups. Dancing. Reconciliation. Music.

Experience brief glimpses of World War I in 5 seconds or less through our nearly launched collection of 500 animated GIFs available now to you.

From humorous to sober reminders, these short but high quality videos were created using archival film footage of the war. Learn more at theworldwar.org/learn/gifs.

Please note we WILL CONTINUE REQUIRING MASKS. We wish to give staff time to get vaccinated and then will base future dec...
03/23/2021
Mayor ends St. Joseph mask mandate

Please note we WILL CONTINUE REQUIRING MASKS. We wish to give staff time to get vaccinated and then will base future decisions dependant on community case numbers as the weeks progress. Thank you all for your efforts to keep our staff and community safe and healthy.

St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray terminated the mask mandate after the City Council voted 5-4 to support the end of the mandate during their meeting Monday.

National WWI Museum and Memorial
03/01/2021

National WWI Museum and Memorial

Take a look around you today to see the long-lasting impact that WWI had on contemporary fashion. Below is a short list of the many changes ushered in across the fashion houses more than 100 years ago that we still see today.

Explore French fashion and the global trends it kick-started a century ago in our special exhibition SILK AND STEEL. Whether it is on the fashion runways or in our exhibition, we hope you find inspiration for your next bold fashion move.

Please note we are still requiring masks of all staff and visitors, monitoring building capacity, and have advanced or a...
02/28/2021

Please note we are still requiring masks of all staff and visitors, monitoring building capacity, and have advanced or at the door ticketing available.

The museum will be closed tomorrow February 16th.
02/16/2021

The museum will be closed tomorrow February 16th.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
02/13/2021
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

Pair a weekend visit to the National WWI Museum and Memorial to view its exhibit SILK AND STEEL: FRENCH FASHION, WOMEN AND WWI with a venture T/m to see a new case of French Fashion Dolls from the same era.

The dolls, called manikins, were made by two sisters, Mesdames Louise Lafitte and Augusta Désirat, in France between 1912 and 1918. The manikins depicted Parisians wearing haute couture of the period. They were sold in department stores, including Henry à la Pensée’s department store on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the heart of the French fashion district.

The dolls are made of wax molded over wire armatures, and dressed using scraps of luxurious fabrics including silk, satin, chiffon, velvet, fur, and feathers. Their hands and feet were made of kid leather -- the same material used to make women’s gloves.

During this period, fashion designers sent their models (also known as manikins) to sites around Paris, including the famous racecourse Hippodrome de Longchamp, to show off their newest fashions. Originally opened in 1857, ParisLongchamp reopened in 2018 after a two-year renovation. Looks like it's still a place to see and be seen!

To learn more, check out this blog post from the T/m archives:

St Joseph Museums Inc.
02/09/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Small delay putting down the clear coat, so we will have to push back reopening just one more day. FRIDAY Feb 12 is our reopening target now. Thank you all for patience, understanding, and flexibility during this time.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
02/05/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Quick update on construction! Old floors are up. New floors have been colored, curing over the weekend, and final coat will be happening Monday. Curing for that will be over Tuesday. Wednesday we will be putting it all back together and cleaning. Reopening day will be THURSDAY for our normal 10am to 4 pm hours. Thank you all for your patience with the project. Cannot wait for you to see these in person!!

St Joseph Museums Inc.
01/31/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
01/25/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Due to freezing road conditions we are closing the doors today. We will see you tomorrow 10am-4pm for normal hours.

01/10/2021

Today in 1920: World War I officially comes to a close as the Treaty of Versailles goes into effect.

WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict's cover photo
01/09/2021

WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict's cover photo

St Joseph Museums Inc.
12/01/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Giving Tuesday is an event celebrated around the globe. It strives to bring people together to show up, give, support, and change their own communities. Giving Tuesday is one day a year, but its impact lasts much longer. 2020 has been a year of struggles and resilience for almost every person on the planet. It has also been a time of coming together to show support, especially at the local level.
Like so many others, the St. Joseph Museums has been tremendously impacted by the pandemic. Please consider supporting our Donate December Campaign, which we are kicking off on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Each week we will focus on a different area that needs your support. We will also give a weekly update towards our Donate December goal. Together we can help the museum survive, grow, and thrive - not only this year, but long into the future. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in December to counteract some of the deficit we have from closing, decreased foot traffic, and lost events and tour groups this year.
The Museum was founded in 1927. In 93 years, the Museum has seen many changes in the world, but St. Joseph’s resilient and curious spirit remains constant. We hope to come out of 2020 stronger; to help shape, develop, and move the community into the future while respecting our rich history. 2027 will be our 100th birthday. Your contributions this year can help us achieve that wonderful, historic accomplishment. Visit www.stjosephmuseum.org/donate, stop in daily from 10am - 4pm, or call 816-232-8471 to give. Be sure to download our "un-selfie" image and share why you decided to give. Stay tuned for throwback photos, historic facts, questions, and answers as we learn together about what is in store for 2021. In a year when 1/3 of American museums are in danger of closing, we ask "What would St. Joseph look like without its museums?"

St Joseph Museums Inc.
11/15/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Looking for the perfect present for the history buff in your life? Adopt a collection item in their name through our new Adopt-An-Object program! Choose an item you would like to sponsor, and those funds will support the continued care of our collection. Different tiers contain individualized benefits like a certificate of adoption, photo, and object information. Full benefits listed under each tier group.
https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/adopt-an-object

St Joseph Museums Inc.
11/11/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

We would like to extend a thank you to all our men and women in the military today! We'd also like to share this Veteran's Day, the story of Lawrence Banks "Mr. B." Mr. B. shares his story in the video and book "In Their Own Words" which you can view on exhibit as part of the Black Archives Museum. Included in this post are some photos of Mr. Banks in 2013 and in his service years, and a newspaper article also from 2013 of his recollections of his years driving on roads in what was then known as Burma. Also talked about was his segregation experiences in Oklahoma where he was born and in St. Joseph where he mad his home. #VeteransDay

National WWI Museum and Memorial
11/10/2020

National WWI Museum and Memorial

Participants in the Legacy Jump on Wed, Nov. 11, are veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan War and Iraq War, as well as Sept. 11. A symbolic WWI Soldier and “Missing Man” BASE Jump from the 217-foot Liberty Memorial tower will end the event. 🪂

UPDATES: Watch the skydive in-person or LIVE on Fox & Friends around 7:30 (CST). ❗️ Please note the updated time of the jump and continue to monitor our social channels for any updates.

National WWI Museum and Memorial
11/10/2020

National WWI Museum and Memorial

20 veterans will skydive over the Museum, landing on the Southeast Lawn (note updated location) tomorrow, Nov. 11, at 6:30 a.m. (CST)

Public are welcome to watch in-person from a distance (recommended standing areas: the Mall and Memorial Courtyard) or from their couch LIVE on Fox & Friends. FOX coverage begins at 4:30 (CST). Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages in case of updates.

Pictured: Ryan Birdman Parrott holding up his parachute for tomorrow's BASE jump off the Liberty Memorial Tower. Parrott served 8 years in U.S. Navy, 6 as a U.S. Navy SEAL attached to Team SEVEN, completing 3 combat tours to Iraq before being assigned to Advanced Training Command as an Instructor.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
11/10/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Today in 1775 the United States Marine Corps was founded. Happy birthday Marines! Pictured are some toy soldiers on display in our World War I exhibit. #ToyTuesday #PaperPershing It's a great day to spend some time indoors, come visit us at the 3406 Frederick Avenue location to see the WWI exhibit, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, the Black Archives Museum, and Native American collections all for one low price!

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09/22/2020
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Some WWI objects are available for adoption, help us take care of these important local history pieces.
08/25/2020

Some WWI objects are available for adoption, help us take care of these important local history pieces.

Did you know we are only able to display about THREE PERCENT of our entire collection?! You can help us preserve the past, while getting a peek inside our impressive collection through our new Adopt-An-Object program. Choose an item you would like to sponsor, and those funds will support the continued care of our collection.
Adoptions are valid through December 31, 2021.
Four different adoption tiers with specific benefits listed at https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/adopt-an-item

Missouri State Archives
06/14/2020

Missouri State Archives

#OnThisDay in 1916, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis, hundreds of women stood silently along both sides of Locust Street peacefully advocating for women’s suffrage in a demonstration that has come to be known as the Golden Lane, referring to the color of the sashes worn by participants.

To learn more about this and other events in Missouri’s women’s suffrage movement, follow the link to read “Fighting for the Franchise: The 19th Amendment in Missouri,” a Missouri State Archives-staff written essay found in the 2019-2020 Official State Manual.
https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/bluebook/2019-2020/1_Almanac.pdf

The WWI St. Joseph exhibit is now available online with an updated website to bring you the majority of the information ...
04/08/2020
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The WWI St. Joseph exhibit is now available online with an updated website to bring you the majority of the information and imagery of the museum display.

https://stjosephmuseum.wixsite.com/wwisaintjoseph

The exhibit WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict can be found at the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., located at 3406 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO, 64506, on the second floor as part of the Native American and History Galleries. 

National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City defaced
06/20/2019
National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City defaced

National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City defaced

Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said two men were responsible for the vandalism spray painted “Xs” over the faces of World War I generals and “communist symbols” just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

On this day 100 years ago, the 18th Amendment was passed. Come check out its local impact at the tail end of our WWI exh...
01/16/2019

On this day 100 years ago, the 18th Amendment was passed. Come check out its local impact at the tail end of our WWI exhibit at the St Joseph Museums Inc.

Originally designed as a rationing method to preserve grain for the war effort, the 18th Amendment was ratified on this day in history, 99 years ago today. With the Armistice signed in nearly three months prior, many American soldiers remained in war torn Europe, aiding the French, British, and German citizens in rebuilding their nations' infrastructure and assuring peace. The occupation of Germany was extended for a second time following the Armistice on this day as well, assuring troops would remain for at least another month. As troops began trickling homeward, plagued by the newly realized physical and mental strains of modern warfare, they were faced with a changed America where alcohol was forbidden to be sold. Visit the St Joseph Museums Inc. WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict exhibit to learn more about how our very own Goetz Brewing Company survived and thrived during Prohibition in the post-war era.

Happy Birthday #PaperPershing
09/13/2018

Happy Birthday #PaperPershing

#PaperPershing hasn't had a chance to make it to the Missouri and the Great War traveling exhibit at the East Hills Mall...
08/28/2018

#PaperPershing hasn't had a chance to make it to the Missouri and the Great War traveling exhibit at the East Hills Mall yet. Have you? The exhibit will be moving to Independence after Labor Day so use this weekend to enjoy this amazing free exhibit while it's in town.

Come visit the Missouri and the Great War traveling exhibit at the East Hills Shopping Center. The exhibit was created by the Missouri Humanities Council and serves as a companion to our WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict exhibit.

#PaperPershing admiring the Missouri memorial in Cheppy, France. The memorial was erected and maintained by the State of...
07/24/2018

#PaperPershing admiring the Missouri memorial in Cheppy, France. The memorial was erected and maintained by the State of Missouri in memory of the numerous Missouri men who died in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Many American soldiers were buried in France and are still being returned home to this day. One such soldier was our very own Guy Rosecrans for whom the airfield was named.

07/24/2018
Missouri State Archives

Missouri State Archives

Upon entering World War I in 1917, the United States government and its civilian agencies produced roughly 3,000 different wartime posters. These artistic renderings depicted the ideals of patriotism, beauty, adventure and protection, and strongly contributed to the successful mobilization of citizens during the Great War. In Join, Save, Buy: U.S. World War I Posters on the Home Front, Amanda Langendoerfer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections and Museums at Truman State University’s Pickler Memorial Library, along with Assistant Professor of History Dr. Jason McDonald and University Art Gallery Director Dr. Heidi Cook will examine a selection of never-before-exhibited World War I posters from Truman State’s E.M. Violette Museum Collection. Their program will provide an opportunity to view samples from one of the U.S. government’s major historical marketing endeavors and to recognize the impact of the war on American citizens, both home and abroad.

St. Joe Live
07/20/2018
St. Joe Live

St. Joe Live

“As we reflect on it, we say ‘What did we learn from World War I?’ That’s been a big question. It was ‘The War to End All Wars,’ and obviously, we still go to war. So how do we process that and what do we learn?” - Sara Wilson, executive director for St. Joseph Museums.

#PaperPershing got caught up playing our copy of Battlefield 1. The game's opening sequence shows the harsh realities of...
07/16/2018

#PaperPershing got caught up playing our copy of Battlefield 1. The game's opening sequence shows the harsh realities of dealing with PTSD and the human level of the war. In a game series most notable for its online multiplayer where death has little consequence, the campaign mode places you in the shoes of individuals, telling their story of the war and adapting to life afterwards, while the opening scene gives you birth and death dates should you fail, driving home the harsh reality of the war which inspired the game.

#PaperPershing reflects on the trench warfare the 35th Infantry faced during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. After seven mo...
06/19/2018

#PaperPershing reflects on the trench warfare the 35th Infantry faced during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

After seven months of training, the 35th Infantry Division, comprised of 27,000 troops from Missouri and Kansas, deployed to France, landing in May of 1918. They were stationed in the quiet sector of the Vosges, a range of low mountains near the German border, until they were deployed as reserve for the Battle of St. Mihiel on September 12. The battle went well and the 35th was never used.

They camped out in the wet, wooded area under German shellfire until they were moved into position to begin the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on September 26. Artillery began preparations at 2:30 a.m. and the advance began shortly after at 5:30. The 35th captured the villages of Baulny, Vauquois, and Cheppy, and were positioned between Varennes and Charpentry.

A second advance was planned for 5:30 the following morning, but without artillery preparation and support, the 35th was forced to dig in and make slow progress. The third morning was cold with a fine mist in the air. The German forces counter attacked at 6:30 that morning, but were repelled by the 35th. The next morning they faced heavy machine gun and artillery fire north of Baulny from the Montrebeau Woods, but were able to advance to the edge of the forest.

On the morning of September 30, again facing heavy machine gun and artillery fire and gas, the 35th failed to take a hill over Exermont and were forced to retreat into trenches along the Baulny Ridge. They were relieved by the First Division, having suffered a total of 7,913 casualties in five days.

The Trench Room at the St Joseph Museums Inc. offers an atmospheric experience with equipment belonging to local soldiers used in the trenches of Europe lining the walls, a large trench replica, ambient lighting and sound effects to place visitors in the mindset of those brave men who held the lines nearly one hundred years ago.

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