Missouri Over There


The Great War Preview Screening

Open: March 27, 2017, 6:00pm
Location: Nine Network of Public Media

World War I forever changed America and the world. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into the war, you are invited to a preview screening of The Great War at the Nine Network on Monday, March 27, from 6:00–7:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nine’s Jim Kirchherr.

Panelists schedule to appear:
Patrick Allie, Military and Arms Curator, Missouri History Museum
Elizabeth Borgwardt, Associate Professor of History, Washington University

The clips from the episode “Propaganda and Americanism” tell the story of how President Woodrow Wilson reluctantly led America into the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen, thereby transforming the United States into a dominant player on the international stage. In an opportunity to learn from the past, see how the ardent patriotism and determination to support America’s crusade for liberty abroad led to one of the most oppressive crackdowns on civil liberties at home in American history.

The Great War, a three-part, six-hour documentary, premieres Monday, April 10–Wednesday, April 12, 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters from the First World War

Open: April 1, 2017, 8:30am
Location: Library Center Local History Department and Reading Room

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters from the First World War, focuses on graphic materials produced from 1914 - 1918 and the people and organizations that made their creation possible. Many of the images are courtesy of the Library of Congress, who houses one of the largest collections of WWI propaganda posters in the nation. The images have been reproduced closely to their original size and can be viewed in amazing detail.  The exhibit is currently up in The Library Center Local History Department, additional materials will be placed in The Library Center Reading Room in April. 

Memory & Legacy: Missouri in the Great War

Open: April 3, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Library Center rooms A&B

Monday, April 3, 7 p.m., Library Center meeting rooms A&B. More than 156,000 Missourians served in the First World War. How the state has remembered their service and sacrifice has changed greatly since the 1920s. Library Local History & Genealogy Department Manager Brian Grubbs will discuss the legacy of the war and the state’s commemoration efforts in the digital age. Sponsored by the Ozarks Genealogical Society. Call 882-0714.

The Revolution of Violence in World War I

Open: April 5, 2017, 6:00pm
Location: History Museum on the Square

Wednesday, April 5, 6 p.m. Fox Theatre in the History Museum on the Square. Book sales and signing 4–5:30 p.m. Dr. Jay Winter will focus on the revolutionary changes in the technology of warfare and on the obliteration of the distinction between military and civilian targets. Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University. He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. Winter was co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the award-winning PBS series “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century.” Call 882-0714.

Heroines on the Home Front: World War I and the Missouri Countil of Defense's Woman's Committee

Open: April 5, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Capitol Rotunda, Missouri State Capitol

Historian and author Petra DeWitt launches the Missouri State Museum’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI. DeWitt will explore the the role of the Women’s Committee in tackling critical issues of women, children and food supplies as Missouri mobilized for war.

IN SACRIFICE FOR LIBERTY AND PEACE Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I

Open: April 6, 2017, 9:00am
Location: National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is honored to host America's national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States' entry into the Great War. Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony, In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I, will be held on April 6, 2017 at the Museum.

The national commemorative ceremony will tell the compelling story of the U.S decision to enter into the Great War through a unique multi-media program including significant and representative American writings of a century ago, including selections from speeches, journalism, literature and poetry, as well as performances of important music of the time. Invited participants and guests include the President of the United States, international Heads of State and diplomats, military leaders, veterans’ organizations, and national and state elected officials. Please visit www.theworldwar.org for more information. 

World War I: Missouri and the Great War Exhibit

Open: April 6, 2017, 10:00am
Location: Missouri History Museum

World War I: Missouri and the Great War explores the integral role St. Louisans played in World War I, both overseas and on the home front. The exhibition depicts how the war shaped and drove social change in the trenches of France and in Missouri homes. It also honors the Missourians who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of their country and explores how they're recognized throughout the state. The exhibit will be open until January 15, 2018. 

Here at Home: Missouri in the Great War

Open: April 6, 2017, 2:00pm
Location: Capitol Rotunda, Missouri State Capitol

The Missouri State Museum is hosting a new exhibit in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda, Here at Home: Missouri in the Great War opens at 2:00pm Thursday, April 6, 2017 with a reception to follow in the museum classroom. 

History Explorers: The Great War, Near and Far

Open: April 6, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Library Center Auditorium

Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. The Sons of the American Revolution presents a sampler of war topics including the Fighting Highlanders from the British Isles, Capt. Paul Frey and the 130th Machine Gun Battalion, the use of animals during the war, and Native American Code Talkers. Join us for an illuminating discussion of warfare entering into the modern era. Call 882-0714.

World War I Symposium

Open: April 8, 2017, 9:00am
Location: The Fallen Warrior Auditorium in the MO National Guard Headquarters Building, Ike Skelton Training Site, 2302 Militia Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65101

The Museum of Missouri Military History, The University of Central Missouri Archives & Museum, & The Missouri Society for Military History are hosting a World War I Symposium April 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at The Fallen Warrior Auditorium in the MO National Guard Headquarters Building - Ike Skelton Training Site, 2302 Militia Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65101. For more information call (573) 638-9603 or Visit the Museum of Missouri Military History on Facebook! Brush up on your WWI history by travelling through Missourioverthere.org before the symposium!

Iconic World War I Films - "Paths of Glory"

Open: April 8, 2017, 1:00pm
Location: Moxie Cinema

“Paths of Glory” Saturday, April 8, 1–2:30 p.m., 305 S. Campbell Ave. During World War I, a French commanding officer defends three soldiers being court-martialed for cowardice. This 1957 anti-war drama, not rated, stars Kirk Douglas, directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb. Admission is free. Call 882-0714.

Animals of the Allies

Open: April 9, 2017, 2:00pm
Location: Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library

Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m., Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library. Did you know that your favorite “silly old bear” was inspired by a real-life Great War mascot? Cherie Kelly, of the National World War I Museum and Memorial, reveals the important roles winged and four-legged friends played in the First World War. During this family-friendly talk you’ll also discover how a German pup from No Man’s Land became a Hollywood superstar, and how a pigeon named Cher Ami became a major war hero. Call 882-0714.

Finding WWI: Your Letters, Photos and Objects of WWI

Open: April 10, 2017
Location: Republic Branch Library

Monday, April 10, noon, Republic Branch Library, 921 N. Lindsey Ave. Republic, MO 65738. Join us for a WWI-era family show-and-tell. Bring your letters, photos or family memorabilia from WWI and share their history. Call 732-7284.

The Great War in Springfield

Open: April 10, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Library Station Santa Fe Room

Monday, April 10, 7 p.m., Library Station Santa Fe Room. Library Local History Associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during World War I, and how Springfield residents supported the war effort while Greene County men went to France and fought in the trenches. Call 865-1340.

Mighty Men of War: The Carthage Light Guard in WWI

Open: April 11, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Library Center Auditorium

Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. In 1918, a company of soldiers from Jasper County, Mo., took part in one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War. Local author Jeff Patrick examines the experiences of Capt. Ward Schrantz and his men from their training camp in Oklahoma to France’s Argonne Forest. Call 882-0714.

An Evening with Author-Illustrator Sophie Blackall

Open: April 13, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Springfield Art Museum

Thursday, April 13, 7–8:30 p.m., at Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. Sophie Blackall won the 2016 Caldecott Medal for her tender illustrations in “Finding Winnie.” Sophie will tell the story of her role in the book, from her child­hood obsession with Winnie the Pooh to her research at the London Zoo. All ages are invited. Her book will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

Blackall has illustrated over 30 books for children, including the New York Times best-selling series, “Ivy and Bean.” Originally from Australia, she lives in New York and shares a studio in an old garment factory in Brooklyn with four other illustrators and teetering piles of books. Call 882-0714.

Iconic World War I Films - “A Farewell to Arms”

Open: April 15, 2017, 1:00pm
Location: Moxie Cinema

“A Farewell to Arms” Saturday, April 15, 1–2:30 p.m., 305 S. Campbell Ave. This 1932 film, not rated, is based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel about the World War I romance between an American ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) and an English Red Cross nurse (Helen Hayes). Admission is free. Call 882-0714.

The Development of Chemical Warfare

Open: April 17, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Library Center Auditorium

Monday, April 17, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Kip Lindberg, director of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Museum, will focus on chemical warfare as a modern weapon in the First World War. He will discuss the reasons for the introduction of poison gas, what types were created, their effect on the human body, and methods of detection and protection that were used. Call 882-0714.

Captain Harry in the Great War

Open: April 18, 2017, 6:00pm
Location: Library Center Auditorium

Tuesday, April 18, 6 p.m., Library Center auditorium. President Harry Truman’s service in World War I had a lasting impact on his life and political career. To commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war in 1917, Sam Rushay explores Truman’s military career, including his command of Battery D and tour of duty in Europe. Rushay, supervisory archivist at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, will share photographs and documents from the Truman Library collections related to World War I and its aftermath. Call 882-0714.

A Conversation with “Maisie Dobbs” Author Jacqueline Winspear

Open: April 20, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: The Library Center Auditorium

Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Book sales and signing after the event. Jacqueline Winspear’s grand­father was severely wounded at The Battle of the Somme in 1916 and, years later, the war became a backdrop in her successful “Maisie Dobbs” mystery series. Her first novel of that title was a National Bestseller and won numerous awards. Since “An Incomplete Revenge” was published in 2008, each of her novels has been an instant New York Times and National Bestseller. 

“The war and its aftermath provide fertile ground for a mystery,” says Winspear, born in Kent, England. “Such great social upheaval allows for the strange and unusual to emerge, and a time of intense emotions can, to the writer of fiction, provide ample fodder for a compelling story, especially one concerning criminal acts and issues of guilt and innocence…” Call 882-0714.

Missouri Women and the Great War

Open: April 22, 2017, 3:00pm
Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m., Midtown Carnegie Branch Library upstairs meeting room. The United States’ entry into World War I called women to action — on the home front, in factories and in war-torn Europe. Through diary excerpts, letters home, newspaper accounts, photographs and artifacts, Local History Associate Konrad Stump examines the travels and travails of some of Missouri’s most remarkable women. Call 862-0135.

Major General Enoch Crowder

Open: May 3, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Capitol Rotunda, Missouri State Capitol

Maj. Gen. Enoch Crowder, a Missouri Native, came to national attention during the first world war. Born in Endingbur, Mo., Enoch Crowder graduated from West Point in 1881. When the U.S. entered World War I in April of 1917, Crowder helped write the Selective Service Act. He then directed the Selective Service and oversaw the draft. Historian and author Jeremy Amick will present on Crowder's work and legacy.

Animals of the Great War

Open: June 7, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Capitol Rotunda, Missouri State Capitol

Join Missouri State Museum Interpeter, Carrie Hammond, as she explores the animal heroes, soldiers and companions of World
War I. Learn about the impact animals had on combat and morale. Also discover why Missouri mules were in high demand “over