Missouri Over There


The Lusitania being torpedoed on May 7, 1915.

Library of Congress.

World War I Artifacts and Memories: Sinking of the Lusitantia

Posted on May 8, 2015

May 7, 2015, marks 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by German submarine U-20. A British passenger ship on its way from New York to Liverpool, England, the Lusitania was running a risk traveling through waters that were at the time declared a war zone by Germany.  Click here to read P… Continue Reading

The birthplace of Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman World War I Symposium May 9th

Posted on May 1, 2015

Members of the “Missouri Over There” project staff from the Springfield-Greene County Library will be attending the Harry S. Truman World War I Symposium. This event will be held in Lamar, Missouri, the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman, next weekend on Saturday May 9th. This all day event wi… Continue Reading

Frank Mitchell in his naval uniform. n.d.

Missouri History Museum.

Wartime Sweethearts

Posted on April 24, 2015

In September 1917, plumber Frank Clinton Mitchell found himself at Camp Pike, an army training camp in Little Rock, Arkansas. Working a construction job in support of the war, he was not only separated from his native St. Louis, but also from his sweetheart, Edna Kessler. To learn more about Frank a… Continue Reading

Samuel Frank's Forty and Eight shirt.

Missouri History Museum.

WWI Artifacts and Memories: Forty and Eight

Posted on March 20, 2015

At the end of World War I in November 1918, U.S. military men and women began their return home. The shared experiences and bonds formed in military service gave rise to veterans’ organizations on a local and national scale. The Forty and Eight, was founded in 1920 by returning World War I veterans… Continue Reading

The USS Vencedor in service during WWI.

Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.  Photo #: NH 102346n

WWI Artifacts and Memories: H. H. Luedinghaus and the USS Vencedor

Posted on February 13, 2015

Recently,  Patrick Allie, WWI Exhibit Curator at the Missouri History Museum, wrote a blog about H.H. Luedinghaus and the U.S.S. Vencedor.  In it, he tells the story of how Luedinghaus and nine other young businessmen purchased a yacht and offered their services to the U. S. Navy during the war.  To… Continue Reading