Missouri Over There

News : 2015

RMS Lusitania, George Grantham Bain Collection

Library of Congress

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 t… Continue Reading

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