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Missouri and the Great War

A statewide, collaborative digitization project investigating the state’s involvement in World War I.


Over There:  Missouri & the Great War is a statewide collaborative digitization project to document Missouri’s role in World War I. The project is a digital collection of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, oral histories and other primary source material from museums, archives, libraries, and private collections from across Missouri.

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RMS Lusitania, George Grantham Bain Collection

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Theodore and Belle Naish

Posted on May 15, 2015

Although thousands of miles from the war zone, Missouri was touched by one of the greatest tragedies of World War I, the sinking of the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915. Among the 159 Americans on board, nine were Missourians. Six of them were among the 1,195 people who died in the tragedy.  Two of the Missourians on the Lusitania were Theodore and Belle Naish in second class. Naish was a British immigrant living in Kansas City who met Belle Saunders on a visit to Detroit, M… Continue Reading