Upcoming Events

Art for a World at War: WWI Posters and Editorial Cartoons
Exhibit: the State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia
Open October 14 to February 14, 2015
See original wartime posters and editorial cartoons and learn how art reflected the hopes, fears, and patriotic devotion of Missourians.

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.

Letters & Artworks From War – Renefer: 1914-18
Open October 28 - February 28, 2015
Writer and artist Raymond Fontanet, known as Renefer (1876-1957), was mobilized to serve in the French military in 1914 and, throughout the war, always carried pencils and a sketchbook in his hands. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

Shooting at the Stars: Conversation with Children’s Book Illustrator and Author John Hendrix
Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:00 PM
Learn about the remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914 and the example of ordinary men doing the extraordinary. Children’s book author and illustrator John Hendrix explores the true story in his book Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 in this colorful family friendly event in J.C. Nichols Auditorium. Book signing and cookie reception to follow. Free to the public with RSVP.

Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Featured Event: Museum of Missouri Military History
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM
Major General Stephen Danner Adjutant General, Missouri National Guard cordially invites you to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly expanded Museum of Missouri Military History on Sunday, the seventh of December at two o'clock, Ike Skelton Training Site, Museum of Missouri Military History, 4205 Logistics Road, Jefferson City, Missouri. Military: Duty Uniform, Civilians: Business Casual. RSVP: Accept only by December 1, 2014. 573-638-9711. vickie.r.cook.nfg@mail.mil 

Screening of Joyeux Noël for Museum Members
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 1:00 PM
Museum members can enjoy a screening of the French film in J.C. Nichols Auditorium that recreates the events of the 1914 Christmas Truce, focusing on a section of the Western Front where French, Scottish and German soldiers put down their arms to celebrate a moment of peace in a time of war.Exclusive to Museum members.

Day in the Life: Christmas in the Trenches
Sunday, December 14, all day
Living history volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on how soldiers celebrated Christmas in the trenches during the course of the war. Day in the Life is supported by the Kansas City Royals. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

Mid America Freedom Band Winter Concert
Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Sunday, December 14, 2 P.M.
Entering its 12th season, the Mid America Freedom Band’s performance in J.C. Nichols Auditorium features Daniel Elder’s Fantasia in its world premiere and Greg Bartholomew’s Far North Land receives its U.S. premiere in this new band arrangement. Reaching back to the Baroque era, the Band performs Bach’s Fantasia in G in Edwin Franko Goldman’s famous arrangement as well as fantasias on the popular carols “Silent Night” and “We Three Kings.” It wouldn’t be a holiday concert without Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Joining these popular tunes are the medleys Randall Strandridge’s Yuletide Festival and Bob Krogstadt’s Bells of Christmas. Free to the public.

John McCutcheon: Christmas in the Trenches Centenary Concert
Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM
Legendary folk musician John McCutcheon joins the National WWI Museum for this not-to be missed holiday event. Composer of the world’s most famous song about the Truce of 1914, “Christmas in the Trenches” - recently included in a list of “100 Essential Folksongs”- will warm and captivate in this one-night only concert presenting music, stories and remembrances honoring this remarkable event. Tickets can be purchased onlinein advance for $22 ($18 for Museum members) or for $25 at the door.

Screening of Joyeux Noël
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 PM
Join us for a special screening of the 2005 Oscar-nominated film Joyeux Noël in J.C. Nichols Auditorium. The French film recreates the events of the 1914 Christmas Truce , focusing on a section of the Western Front where French, Scottish and German soldiers put down their arms to celebrate a moment of peace in a time of war. Free to the public.

Lyric Opera Veterans Chorus
Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:00 AM
Singing in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce, the Lyric Opera Veterans Chorus offers a Christmas Eve performance conducted by Richard Gibson, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq. The Chorus will perform Silent Night in the three languages it was originally sung during the Christmas Truce in 1914. The concert will be performed in the Liberty Memorial Courtyard of the Museum, which is closed on Dec. 24. Free to the public.

Truce Tournament
Featured Event: National World War I Museum
Friday, December 26, all day
Sporting Club and the National World War I Museum invite the Kansas City soccer community to take part in the second annual Truce Tournament in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce in World War I. Paired with an EPL Watch Party inside the Museum and the Boxing Day Brewhaha games competition, this 3v3 tournament will be played on Memorial Hill with the KC skyline providing an unmistakable backdrop. Register your team or purchase your tickets today!

WW1USA Amateur Radio Station
Saturday, December 27
The National World War I Museum is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA from the grounds of the Liberty Memorial for 31 consecutive hours from Saturday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. Free to the public.