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National World War I Museum and Memorial


address  2 Memorial Dr.
 Kansas City, MO  64108
phone (816) 888-8100
hours Tue.-Sun.: 10 am-5 pm; Memorial Day-Labor Day: Daily 10 am-5 pm
parking Free parking on south side of complex
general adm Starts at $18 for adults; visit website for most current information
www.theworldwar.org

Upcoming Events

Devastated Lands

Education, History/Science, Installations
World War I left behind an unprecedented path of desolate landscapes. By the end of the war, much of the Western Front resembled anything but rolling country sides. Instead, the destruction yielded topography akin to an uninhabited planet. This exhibition examines the battered lands through a series of jarring photographs and illustrations from the Museum and Memorial’s collection.
museum;history;
Event Info: (816) 888-8122
Price: Included in admission: $18; $14 seniors and active military; $10 youth 6–18; Free for children under 6
Event Website: www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/devastated-lands
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Schedule
 • Tue 6/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 6/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 6/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 6/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 6/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 6/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 6/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 6/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/2/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/4/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/5/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/7/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/9/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/11/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/12/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/14/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/16/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/31/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/1/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/2/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/4/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/7/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/9/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/11/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/14/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/16/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/31/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 9/1/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 9/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 9/4/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 9/5/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 9/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 9/7/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 9/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 9/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 9/11/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 9/12/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 9/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 9/14/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 9/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 9/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 9/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 9/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 9/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 9/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 9/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 9/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 9/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 9/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 9/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 9/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 9/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/1/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 10/2/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 10/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 10/4/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 10/5/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 10/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 10/9/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 10/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 10/11/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 10/12/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 10/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 10/16/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 10/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 10/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 10/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 10/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 10/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 10/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 10/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 10/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 10/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 10/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 10/31/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 11/1/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 11/2/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 11/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/5/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 11/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 11/7/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 11/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 11/9/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 11/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/12/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 11/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 11/14/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 11/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 11/16/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 11/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 11/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 11/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 11/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 11/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 11/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 11/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 11/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 11/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 11/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 12/1/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 12/4/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 12/5/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 12/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 12/7/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 12/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 12/11/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 12/12/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 12/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 12/14/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 12/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 12/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 12/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 12/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 12/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 12/22/19 at 10am-5pm 

Color of Memory: Fabric Art in WWI

Gallery, Textiles, Art Show
"Remember Me." "Souvenir de France." "Mother Dear." "Merci!" These and countless other sentiments are expressed in the fabric art that came from World War I. This exhibition explores manifestations of remembrance through striking and moving works from the Museum and Memorial’s collection.
museum;history;fabric;quilt;cross-stich
Event Info: (816) 888-8100
Price: Included in admission: $18; $14 seniors and active military; $10 youth 6–18; Free for children under 6
Event Website: theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/color-memory-fabric-art-wwi
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Schedule
 • Tue 6/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 6/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 6/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 6/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 6/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 6/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 6/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 6/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/2/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/4/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/5/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/7/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/9/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/11/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/12/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/14/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/16/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 7/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 7/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 7/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 7/31/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/1/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/2/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/4/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/7/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/9/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/11/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/14/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/16/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/18/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/25/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 8/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 8/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 8/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 8/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/31/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 9/1/19 at 10am-5pm 

We're Home-Now What?

Museum
From the earliest history of armed conflict soldiers have done their duty and returned to their homes and families. In the aftermath of WWI, millions of servicemen and women came home from a war that was unprecedented in its impact. This special exhibition examines the challenging transition for service personnel from war-time duty to civilian life through archival materials.
museum;history;military;soldier
Event Info: (816) 888-8122
Ages: All ages
Event Website: www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/were-home-now-what
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 • Mon 6/17/19 - Sun 9/8/19 

1919: Peace?

Museum
The World War I Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918 ended fighting on the Western Front, but the war did not end even with the signing of the Treaty of Paris at Versailles on June 28, 1919. The world of aristocrats and monarchs vaporized. Millions died. Russia struggled in civil war. Japan’s power in Asia and the Pacific grew. Germany wilted under harsh reparations. Arab nations seethed for independence. The U.S. assumed an uneasy mantle of world leader. This special exhibition examines how the war transformed the world, but left a legacy of unresolved issues and conflict.
museum;history;
Event Info: (816) 888-8100
Ages: All ages
Price: Included in admission: $18; $14 seniors and active military; $10 youth 6–18; Free for children under 6
Event Website: www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/1919-peace
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Schedule
 • Mon 6/17/19 - Fri 6/21/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/22/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/23/19 - Fri 6/28/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/29/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/30/19 - Fri 7/5/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/6/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/7/19 - Fri 7/12/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/13/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/14/19 - Fri 7/19/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/20/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/21/19 - Fri 7/26/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 7/27/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 7/28/19 - Fri 8/2/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/3/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/4/19 - Fri 8/9/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/10/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/11/19 - Fri 8/16/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/17/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/18/19 - Fri 8/23/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/24/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 8/25/19 - Fri 8/30/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 8/31/19 at 9am-5pm 
 • Sun 9/1/19 - Sun 9/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 9/10/19 - Sun 9/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 9/17/19 - Sun 9/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 9/24/19 - Sun 9/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/1/19 - Sun 10/6/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/8/19 - Sun 10/13/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/15/19 - Sun 10/20/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/22/19 - Sun 10/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 10/29/19 - Sun 11/3/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/5/19 - Sun 11/10/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/12/19 - Sun 11/17/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/19/19 - Sun 11/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 11/26/19 - Wed 11/27/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 11/29/19 - Sun 12/1/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/3/19 - Sun 12/8/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/10/19 - Sun 12/15/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/17/19 - Sun 12/22/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/24/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 12/26/19 - Sun 12/29/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 12/31/19 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 1/2/20 - Sun 1/5/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 1/7/20 - Sun 1/12/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 1/14/20 - Sun 1/19/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 1/21/20 - Sun 1/26/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 1/28/20 - Sun 2/2/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 2/4/20 - Sun 2/9/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 2/11/20 - Sun 2/16/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 2/18/20 - Sun 2/23/20 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 2/25/20 - Sun 3/1/20 at 10am-5pm 

Taps at the Tower

Education, History/Science, Special Event
The National WWI Museum and Memorial presents the sixth annual Taps at the Tower each evening at sunset (8:45 p.m.) from Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22, 2019. Taps at the Tower links the beauty and simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the symbolism of the Liberty Memorial. People are invited to come and use the grounds each evening, have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors. At sunset, people will gather at the Liberty Memorial Tower to experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony. The event will occur rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Paul Sunderland Bridge inside the Museum and Memorial. For the first time, guests are invited to ascend to the top of the Tower following the ceremony each evening to enjoy striking and beautiful panoramic views of Kansas City (weather permitting). There is no charge to go to the top of the Tower after the ceremony (donations are welcome), but guests should be in line by 9:45 p.m. each evening.
museum;history;taps
Event Info: (816) 888-8100
Ages: All ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: www.theworldwar.org/visit/taps
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 • Mon 6/17/19 - Sat 6/22/19 at 8:45pm 

The People and the Peace

Talks/Lectures
A century ago, public officials and private citizens from around the world sought to create a “just and lasting peace.” United in common purpose but divided by competing objectives, the treaty the powers created continues to affect us today. Join Senior Curator Doran Cart in a conversation of the people that influenced the “Peace” and those left out.
museum;history;
Event Info: (816) 888-8100
Ages: All ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: my.theworldwar.org/4232
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 • Mon 6/17/19 at 6pm 

World War I Valor Medals Review

Talks/Lectures
Since 1941, Congress and the Department of Defense have reviewed the military’s process for awarding valor medals to ensure minority veterans were recognized equitably. No review has yet occurred for World War I veterans. Join members of the Valor Medals Review Task Force for a discussion on their work to recognize and honor the WWI veterans who were denied the Medal of Honor due to race. In April 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate introduced separate bills to require the systematic review of minority veterans who served in World War I. The Valor Medals Review is being conducted by Park University’s George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War and the Valor Medals Review Task Force, which was formed in 2018 in conjunction with the Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars on behalf of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. Moderator: Kimberlee Ried, Public Affairs Specialist, National Archives at Kansas City Panelists: Bridget Locke, Director of Strategic Communications, Park University Dr. Timothy Westcott, Associate Professor of History and Director, George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War, Park University Presented in partnership with Park University and the National Archives at Kansas City.
museum;history;african-american;soldier
Event Info: (816) 888-8100
Ages: All ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: my.theworldwar.org/4234
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 • Wed 6/19/19 at 6:30pm 

Tree of Peace Planting Ceremony

Green/Environmental
Imagining a world free of global conflict, the Museum and Memorial’s North Frieze challenges us to “…strive on to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." This June, we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles with a “Tree of Peace” planting ceremony on the Museum and Memorial’s North Lawn, honoring the memory of those who perished in World War I. Presented in partnership with The Czech & Slovak Club of Greater Kansas City.
museum;history;tree
Event Info: (816) 888-8100
Ages: All ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: my.theworldwar.org/4236
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 • Fri 6/21/19 at 5pm 

The Paris Peace Conference at 100

Talks/Lectures
On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially bringing the war between the Allies and Germany to a close. Mark the centennial of this historic moment with Special Projects Historian Dr. Jennifer Zoebelein and learn about the Treaty and the postwar conference that sought to bring a lasting peace to a world devastated by war.
museum;history;world war i;peace;treaty;versailles
Event Info: (816) 888-8100
Ages: All ages
Price: free
Free
Event Website: my.theworldwar.org/4240
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 • Wed 6/26/19 at 6:30pm 

Will You Walk With Me/Ask the Question for Suicide Prevention

Benefit/Fundraiser
Join us at the National World War I Museum & Memorial (Liberty Memorial) for the 1st annual Will You Walk With Me 5K to start the conversation to prevent veteran and first responder suicide! This event takes place on June 29th. As a participant or volunteer you will get a one of a kind race T-shirt. We'll have coffee from the Roasterie and snacks for everyone. Come meet and support your local veterans, first responders, and those that support them on the Homefront! Families are welcome!
5K;suicide prevention;veteran;first responder;police;fire fighter;caregiver
Event Info: (334) 333-3339
Price: $30.00 per runner discounts for groups and early registration
Event Website: runsignup.com/Race/MO/KansasCity/WillYouWalkWithMeAsktheQuestionforSuicidePrevention
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Schedule
 • Sat 6/29/19 at 7am-10am