Upcoming Events

The First World War in the Middle East
Featured Event: Kansas City Public Library Central Library
Wednesday, October 15 - 6:30 p.m.

It’s easy to think of World War I as a European war, but fierce fighting all over the Middle East brought about great changes on socio-economic, cultural, and political levels. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen explores the lasting impact of the Great War on the region’s political geography in The First World War in the Middle East, and shows how national identities were formed as the Ottoman Empire disintegrated.

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.

State of Deception Lecture
Featured Event: National WWI Museum
Wednesday, October 22, 7p.m.

Trial of the Propagandists │ Professor Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Scholar-in-Residence, Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, examines the postwar trial of the major war criminals at Nuremberg, which included the first confrontation in an international court of the role of propaganda in inciting hatred. In partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and the National Archives at Kansas City. Exhibition viewing at the National Archives at Kansas City from 5:30-6:30 please RSVP at 816-268-8010 or kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Cash bar and small plates available at J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first-serve basis.

Love for the Motherland is a Controversial Concept
Featured Event: National WWI Museum
Monday, October 27, 7p.m.

Marc Crépon is the director of the philosophy department of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris and the director of the cross-disciplinary Ecole Doctorale of the ENS letters-Sciences. Crépon’s lecture begins with the day before World War I when a debate shook the political and intellectual class in France: the question of the homeland and of patriotism. From the onset of the war, the parameters of the question constantly shifted as the sense of sacrifice for the homeland became the subject of an increasingly critical interrogation. As the conflict endured, many people did not hesitate to denounce the homeland as the “idol” for justifying massacres. Free to the public. Event also includes a sneak peak at the exhibition Letters and Artworks from the War—Renefer: 1914-1918.

Art and Artists of World War I
Featured Event: St. Louis Art Museum
Thursday, October 30 at 11a.m. and Friday, October 31 at 6p.m.

Join Over There project staff Rochelle Caruthers and Claire Presley Marks in the Sculpture Hall for a discussion of  the St. Louis Art Museum's collection of World War I artwork.

Union Station and World War I
Featured Event: National WWI Museum
Saturday, November 1, 1:00p.m.

As Union Station celebrates its centennial, Museum Senior Curator Doran Cart provides an overview of World War I and the role of Union Station in the Great War. Union Station Chamber Board Room. Free to the public.

Art for a World at War
Featured Event & Exhibit: State Historical Society of Missouri
Saturday, November 8, 1:30 PM 

Experience World War I through the eyes of artists! Join Joan Stack, curator of art collections, for a tour of the exhibition Art for a World at War: WWI Posters and Editorial Cartoons. See original wartime posters and editorial cartoons and learn how art reflected the hopes, fears, and patriotic devotion of Missourians. As a way to celebrate all US veterans, Society military artifacts from a variety of time periods will be on display at the event. The exhibit will run from October 14 to February 14, 2015.

On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World
ExhibitNational World War I Museum
Open March 15 - November 9, 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.Located in Memory Hall. 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.