Upcoming Events


On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World
Exhibit: National World War I Museum
Open March 15 - September 14, 2014

A hungry teenage assassin and a wrong turn forever changed the world. View the special exhibition examining the underground organizations, diplomatic communications and international newspaper reporting of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and its political aftershock. Included with Museum admission and free for members.


Thomas Hart Benton Display
Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Open April 19 - October 12

In celebration of the 125th birthday of Thomas Hart Benton, view a display on the Museum's Research Center level describing the impact of Benton's U.S. Naval experience in 1918 as a camoufleur and draftsman and how these experiences influenced his development as an artist. Included with Museum admission and free for members.


Over By Christmas: August-December 1914
Exhibit: National World War I Museum
Open May 3 - March 29, 2015

Many thought World War I would be over in days, surely by Christmas. To many, Christmas was a time of peace and goodwill towards others, the Celebration of the Prince of Peace. Each cause was just. God was on their side, but the war was not over by Christmas. Included with Museum admission and free for members.


Missouri and WWI Exhibition 
Exhibit:The State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia
Open June 28 - October 20, 2014

Missouri and World War I examines the Great War's impact on Missourians' daily lives through photographs and correspondence that provide firsthand accounts of their experiences, both on the home front and abroad. The exhibit provides interpretation of contemporary artifacts ranging from newspapers to sheet music and books, helping us to better understand the political, social, and cultural climate of the period.

Living the Great War: Rendezvous with History
Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Saturday, September 13 - Sunday, September 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In conjunction with the World War I Centennial commemoration, the Museum is sponsoring "Living the Great War: Rendezvous with History" on Sept. 13-14. The free weekend event features World War I living historians, who will share their knowledge and invite the public to inspect their collections in a camp setting on the Museum grounds. Living historians will also offer educational programs throughout the weekend, while the Great War Aeroplane Association will have several replicated WWI-era aircraft on display. Living Historians interested in participating should contact Jeff Leser at monte_cervino@kc.rr.com. Located on the South lawn and free to the public.

Program Schedule (Saturday & Sunday):
10:30 a.m. - Soldiers of the Great War
11:30 a.m. – Weapons of the Great War
12:30 p.m. – The Air War 
1:30 p.m. - Soldiers of the Great War
2:30 p.m. - Weapons of the Great War
3:30 p.m. - The Air War
 

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 PM

Explore a fresh look at the complex events and relationships between European leaders that led to the “War to End All Wars” in a discussion of one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year in 2013, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914. Author Christopher Clark will offer insight into World War I and exam the results of the Great War. Co-sponsored by The Kansas City Public Library and the German Studies Association. Free to the public


A Star for Mrs. Blake

Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 PM 
 Author April Smith breathes life into a unique moment in American history through her novel A Star for Mrs. Blake. The novel is told through the eyes of mothers of fallen World War I soldiers who were granted the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to France to visit their sons’ graves. In conjunction with her novel, Smith will discuss the Gold Star Mothers. Co-sponsored by The Kansas City Public Library. Free to the public.