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Explore the September programme at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas

Posted  7 September 2017 in Events   News  
By Liz Robertson
The National World War I Museum aerial shot, c. National WW1 Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas presents a varied programme of commemorations in September 2017. This includes the debut of The World Remembers exhibition, poignantly detailing the deaths of soldiers across the world in 1917, and events exploring the impact of the First World War on baseball, and the role of women in the medical professions during the conflict. Family events and activities continue throughout September, and there will be a free pop-up performance from the US Army Chorus at the end of the month.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 marks the 2017 debut of The World Remembers, an international exhibition whose purpose is to remember the nine million combatants who died during the First World War. Each year of the centennial, names of the fallen soldiers in the corresponding year of the conflict are displayed in more than 60 locations throughout Europe and North America with the Museum serving as the only location in the United States. The name of each solider appears only once and with the names of 700,000 soldiers who died in 1917 to display, the exhibition must run for more than six weeks for each soldier to appear. The exhibition concludes on Nov. 11, the date marking the Western Front Armistice in 1918.

Jim Leeke, author of the newly released From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War, discusses how the First World War affected America’s pastime and changed the sport forever in a free program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. An opportunity to purchase the author’s book and have it signed follows the program, which is presented in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

On Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., members of the American Medical Women’s Association present a discussion focusing on the daring women in the medical profession during the First World War. The free program also spotlights and honors women physicians in service today.

The Museum continues its monthly free Story Time series at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a reading of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. The famed artist was a member of the famous Harlem Hellfighters during World War I before leading an extraordinary life as one of the 20th century’s most innovative artists.

The Museum will welcome the U.S. Army Chorus for a special free pop-up performance on Friday, Sept. 29 at 10:45 a.m. The U.S. Army Chorus performs regularly at the White House and at venues across the world.

Visit the National WW1 Museum and Memorial website to find out more.

 

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