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April 23, 2017
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Sand to Snow: Global War 1915

The year 1915 was pivotal in terms of the world-wide involvement in the war. World War I was the first truly global war starting in Europe, then spreading to Africa, Asia and the Near East. The European powers mobilized their colonies and commonwealths around the world. Soldiers and laborers from Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Caribbean were sent to Europe and the Near East to fight. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

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Rearranging History:

Daniel MacMorris and the Panthéon de la Guerre

What happened to the world's largest painting? Kansas City artist Daniel MacMorris helped the Museum acquire the Panthéon de la Guerre in 1956. He then cut and pasted sections from the huge canvas, rearranged them, painted in new individuals and fit the newly configured composition to the north wall of Memory Hall, where it remains today. The exhibition explores the vast fragments left behind by MacMorris – the majority having never been seen in public since the Panthéon's last showing in its entirety in 1940.

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The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War

This exhibition of predominantly French WWI artwork aligns with the quasi-myths of wartime nursing as described by author Christine Hallett: the courageous voluntary aid detachment, the romantic nurse and the “nurse-as-heroine.”

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Complimentary Museum Tour

Explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up each Thursday at the Museum ticketing window. Complimentary with paid admission.

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Hands-on History

History is brought to life during this family-friendly program, where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts near the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

Homeschool Week in the Crown Center District

In conjunction with organizations in the Crown Center the District, the Museum hosts special activities during homeschool week! For more on tour and ticket pricing contact the Museum Learning Coordinator at 816.888.8113 or

Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle

Come do your bit - knit! Just as then, knitting is a way to share comfort and bring a community of friends together to talk, laugh and create. Whether just starting out or an expert able to share your knowledge, join us for a quick history lesson and free WWI era specific pattern. BYONY (bring your own needles and yarn). Your own projects are welcome! Free to the public with RSVP.

WW1USA Amateur Radio Station

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA for 31 consecutive hours from Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Feb. 14 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.

Day in the Life: Gas Warfare

The Living History Volunteer Corps 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 gas warfare during the war. Free to the public.

The Impact of WWI on the Nursing Profession

The U.S. Army’s Nursing Corps grew from more than 400 in 1917 to more than 21, 000 nurses by the conclusion of the war in 1918. This extraordinary expansion is evidence of nursing’s dedication regardless of personal sacrifices. Learn more about the experiences of nurses in WWI and the lasting legacy for the profession in this continuing education opportunity featuring three lectures presented by the University of Kansas School of Nursing and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in conjunction with the exhibition The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War. Presenters include: Colonel Richard Prior (Chief Nursing Officer/Deputy Commander for Nursing, Ireland Army Community Hospital), Dr. Sanders Marble (Senior Historian in the Office of Medical History, U.S. Army) and Colonel Elizabeth Vane (Army Nurse Corps Historian, U.S. Army). Two options for attendance are available: a morning session (8:30 a.m. - Noon) or an afternoon session (1-4:30 p.m.). Complimentary continuing nursing education credits (3.25 contact hours) are available via the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Both programs are sold out, but you can still view a live stream (CEU credit not applicable for stream viewing).

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