Friday, February 27, 2015

Joseph J. Koch Collection

Joseph J. Koch
The Joseph J. Koch Collection is one of the most unique reviewed by Missouri Over There Staff. Through a variety of photographs and documents, it tells the story of Koch’s service with the Missouri National Guard in the Punitive Expedition and World War I.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Olga Krieger: Red Cross Nurse for Base Hospital 21


A group of nurses form Base Hospital 21 on the deck of the S.S. St. Paul.
The Olga A. Krieger papers from the Washington University School of Medicine were recently transcribed, revealing the life of a Red Cross nurse working in France during World War I. Krieger’s memoir provides details of the horrific sights of war, and the tremendous responsibilities of Red Cross nurses. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories: H. H. Luedinghaus and the USS Vencedor

The USS Vencedor in service during WWI.
Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Photo #: NH 102346n
Recently,  Patrick Allie, WWI Exhibit Curator at the Missouri History Museum, wrote a blog about H.H. Luedinghaus and the U.S.S. Vencedor.  In it, he tells the story of how Luedinghaus and nine other young businessmen purchased a yacht and offered their services to the U. S. Navy during the war.  To read the blog, click here. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

This week, Over There project staff conducted a photo shoot at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Memorial was built in remembrance of St. Louisans who lost their lives during World War I.  Though it was envisioned in 1919, shortly after the War ended, it did not open its doors until 1938.  Below is a brief history of the events that led to the Memorial's completion. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gardner House Museum World War I Collection

Project staff recently had the opportunity to digitize several World War I related collections from the Gardner House Museum - Heritage Seekers of Palmyra, Missouri. Included in the collections are photographs of a Red Cross parade in Palmyra along with photographs associated with the organization of the Boots-Dickson American Legion Post, several documents related to Clara S. (Triplett) Hanks' Red Cross work, and military records of Palmyra native Howard C. Bross.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Richard Pickett

Project staff recently reviewed documents from Richard Pickett, a veteran of Company B, 130th Machine Gun Battalion, 35th Division. Shared with the project by a descendant, the documents chronicle Pickett’s long service with the Missouri National Guard.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Otto P. Higgins Collection

Missouri draft men being assigned to a regiment
As soon as the American Government called for able bodied men to join the military, American correspondents were recruited to report news from the front. The Otto P. Higgins collection from the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, gives us a glimpse into the life of newspaper correspondents working in France during World War I. Otto Higgins did not spend a minute in the United States military, but he spent the entire span of the war in training camps and overseas with the army as a staff correspondent for the Kansas City Star. Higgins spent his time with the army and wrote about soldiers from the Mid-West, especially Missouri and Kansas. He began his service with the old Third Regiment, and was with regiments at Camp Nichols, Fort Riley, Camp Funston, Camp Doniphan, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Sheridan, and finally to France.