DC-related World War I Centennial Events & Programs
Here are links to events related to the centennial of World War I:
Please note: Some of the events listed on this page may have already occurred or are no longer available; however, we have decided to leave them posted to demonstrate the breadth and scope of interest in this important period of our history.
World War One Centennial: The Imprint of World War I
Although Washington, D.C. awaits a national memorial to World War I, sites associated with the “War to End All Wars” are hiding in plain sight, testimonies to the foot soldiers, generals, bureaucrats and U.S. presidents involved in the cataclysmic conflict.
November 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Meet in Pershing Park by the statue of Gen. John J. Pershing (14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Presented by Washington Walks, $20 per person.
The Great War in Arlington Cemetery
Sunday November 12 at 1:00pm
Duration - Approximately 2 hours.
Reservations - No reservations necessary. Simply show up!
Cost - $20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card (using your smartphone) when you arrive.
National Air & Space Museum Film Series:
National Air and Space Museum exhibit on "Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War" and their film series:
More Smithsonian programs related to World War I:
National Museum of American History ("Advertising War," Uniformed Women and The Great War," and "General John J. Pershing"
National Postal Museum: World War I picture postcard. My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I April 6, 2017 – November 29, 2018
Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service. My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I was created by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in collaboration with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.
The Library of Congress: Echoes of the Great War, on-line exhibition
The Library of Congress: Digital Collections
Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures, 1914-1919 This online collection is drawn from three primary sources: The War of the Nations: Portfolio in Rotogravure Etchings, a volume published by the New York Times shortly after the armistice that compiled ...
o Contributor: Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program
o Date: 2004 View 437 Items
Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919 This online collection includes the complete seventy-one-week run of The Stars and Stripes World War I edition. The Stars and Stripes was published in France by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) of ...
o Date: 1918 View 90 Items
World War I Sheet Music From 1914 through 1920 the Library of Congress acquired over 14,000 pieces of sheet music relating to what ultimately became known as the First World War, with the greatest number coming from ...
o Date: 1914 View 13,506 Items
American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I The Nation's Forum recordings were made between 1918 and 1920 in an effort to preserve the voices of prominent Americans; in most cases, they are the only surviving recordings of a speaker. ...
o Date: 1918 View 97 Items
World War I Inventory Project -- Mark Levitch has designed a web site to record and document WWI memorials throughout the country. Check it out:
World War I Exhibit at the President Woodrow Wilson House:
"The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay" Exhibit Opening: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, 6-8PM. Exhibition runs through Feb. 2018. RSVP requested for opening. See link above.
The Anderson House has a number of events related to World War I. See their calendar of events: http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/events/public
French-American Cultural Foundation presents an evening of jazz: A UNIQUE JAZZ CONCERT AT THE LISNER AUDITORIUM TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE U.S. ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR I
When: November 15, 2017
Where: Lisner Auditorium
The National Guard Memorial Museum
"Commemorative Exhibit of the National Guards' Entrance into World War I"
The United States Navy Memorial Library
"The U.S. Navy in World War I"
The United States Capitol Visitors' Center
"Congress and the World Wars" exhibit, through Sept. 11, 2017
The American Battle Monuments Commission, which maintains the U.S. cemeteries and memorials overseas as well as many here has just published "The Commemorative Sites Booklet" which can ben obtained by visiting their web site or by calling 703-696-6900.
The American Red Cross - "Answering the Call: The American Red Cross and World War I." It can be seen on tour of the national American Red Cross building on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 am and 2 pm at 430 17th Street, NW. E-mail: email@example.com for more information.
The National Postal Museum - "In Her Words: Women's Duty & Service in World War I" exhibition open through May 8th, offers a glimpse into the lives of four women serving in and alongside the American military during World War I. Through letters, uniforms, ID badges, notebooks and other authentic objects, the exhibition reveals the wartime experiences, personalities and aspiration of two U.S. Army Nurses, a U.S> Navy Yeoman and a YMCA worker. Visit the museums special website: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/in-her-words/
The AOI Board of Directors would like to publicly thank and acknowledge the research that Director Barbara Bates has undertaken to identify and document these sites and programs. Bill Brown, President
World War I in the District of Columbia
The District of Columbia War Memorial
The list of the 499 fallen on the DC War Memorial Listing of the DC War Dead
The Supreme Sacrifice, Sculpture at the John A. Wilson (District) Building
The District of Columbia World War I 16th Street Tree Memorial
While she was not a District native,
Opha M. Johnson was the first District woman to enlist in the Marines
DC War Memorial Slide Show including: wreath ceremony, rededication ceremony and some memorial details.
The Library of Congress World War I Memorial Tree, a Japanese elm planted on the grounds of the Jefferson Building in 1921, is still there, and the memorial plaque is still mounted at the base of its trunk.
The best geographic description of the WW I Memorial Tree is that it’s located on the Jefferson Building grounds, adjacent to the walk leading to the main entrance from the intersection of First Street, SE and Independence Avenue, SE. In April, the LC Blog did an excellent article on the tree planting, including a photo – it appears to have been a major event. Note that one of the deceased, Cpl. Charles Chambers served in the 312th Machine-gun Battalion, which is described as “Washington’s Own.”
(Text provided by Thomas Neale, AOI Director and LOC CRS Staffer)
Read more: https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/04/world-war-i-the-library-of-congress-memorial-tree/
The American Legion Building located at 1608 K Street, NW.
The American Legion, an organization of American veterans, was founded by act of Congress on September 18, 1919
Within footsteps of the Pershing Memorial (soon to be re-envisioned/rededicated National World War Memorial), there are several WWI related sites and markers, in addition to the Supreme Sacrifice in the John A. Wilson Building. The Reserve Officers Association plaque is at the Willard Hotel.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial
WWI on the National Mall or Parks
The First Division Monument
The National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park
The Second Division Memorial
The Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial (on the George Washington Parkway at Lady Byrd Johnson Park, Arlington , VA)
The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's tribute to Eugene Bullard
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