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.


Intelligence and Espionage During World War I
Featured Event: Central Library - Kansas City
Wednesday, August 20, 6:30 p.m.

The vast U.S. intelligence operations of today have their roots in World War I, when the Army flew aerial photography missions and cracked German codes and the State Department carried out its own daring espionage missions. Back home, the military and Justice Department worked to secure the nation against spies and saboteurs – real and imaginary.  Mark Stout, who worked for 13 years as an intelligence analyst with the State Department and CIA, examines this little-known period in American history and its lasting impact. Stout currently is director of Johns Hopkins University’s Global Security master’s program. He spent three years as historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information about this event.


Mighty Men of War: The Carthage Light Guard in World War I
Featured EventThe Library Center - Springfield
Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m.

In the fall of 1918, a company of Carthage soldiers took part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest battle in U.S. Army history to that time.  Author Jeff Patrick will discuss how these men from small towns and farms in southwest Missouri experienced some of the most ferocious combat of the Great War.

Soldiers of the Great War
Featured EventThe Library Center - Springfield
Saturday, August 23, 1-4 p.m.

Local living historians will describe the experiences of common soldiers in World War I as they display original and reproduction military equipment and explain how it was used.  A presentation on the topic will begin at 2 p.m. in the auditorium.