The American theatrical premiere of the award-winning film The Little Prince, the country’s first annual WWI-themed cooking competition, Operation: War Fare, and a discussion about author C.S. Lewis’ political viewpoints are among the numerous events offered by the National World War I Museum and Memorial in August.
The Little Prince premieres for the first time in the U.S. at the Museum on Friday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. with an additional free screening on Saturday, August 6 at 1 p.m. The Aug. 5 show is sold out, but a limited number of tickets remain for the Saturday event. Based on the beloved classic novella about the captivating story of The Little Prince and his enchanting travels, tales and life lessons, the film claimed the 2016 César Award for Best Animated Film. The movie features the voice talents of Academy Award winners Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard and Benicio del Toro, Academy Award nominees Albert Brooks, James Franco, Paul Giamatti and Rachel McAdams and Kansas City native Paul Rudd.
The country’s first annual WWI-themed cooking competition, Operation: War Fare, returns on Thursday, Aug. 4. This year’s event features The Chew contributor, MasterChef Australia star and Dude Food author Dan Churchill, Kansas City native and chef/owner at New York City restaurant Speedy Romeo Justin Bazdarich, Grünauer’s Nic Bandelier, Harvest’s Renee Kelly and James-Beard nominated Room 39 owner Ted Habiger. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and complimentary food from the participants with the competition set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Additional food is provided by Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria and Pie Hole with Weston Brewing Company supplying beverages. A limited number of tickets remain ($15) and can be purchased at theworldwar.org.
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Famed writer C.S. Lewis served in WWI, yet the author had a reputation for being largely uninterested in politics and public affairs. Join esteemed academic Justin B. Dyer on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. for his discussion “Is Everything you Know About C.S. Lewis and Politics Wrong?” Dyer challenges the common perception of an apolitical Lewis in the free presentation. Tickets for an exclusive reception featuring Dyer at 6 p.m. are $50 and included food/beverages and a signed copy of Dyer’s new book C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law.
In conjunction with the World War I Centennial commemoration, the Museum is sponsoring Living the Great War: Rendezvous with History. The free weekend event on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-28 features the Living History Volunteer Corps and other World War I living historians, who share their knowledge and invite the public to inspect their collections in a camp setting on the Museum grounds. Living historians also offer educational programs about weapons each day at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., while the Kansas City Dawn Patrol will have several replica WWI-era aircraft on display.
In addition to its Hands-on History program each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in August, the Museum offers a pair of family-friendly programs. On Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. guests are treated to a free craft session and reading of The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the latest event in the Museum’s Storytime series. LEGO Master Builder Joe Nunnink takes flight at the Museum with a series of free interactive demonstrations on building WWI-era airplanes on Saturday, Aug. 20. Learn from the best and then create your own planes with demonstrations set for 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Noon and 12:3 p.m.
Clive Harris, Director of Battlefield Honours, visits the Museum for an engaging look at the intimate stories of men who experienced the Battle of the Somme and its enduring legacy at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Harris, a former member of the Royal Signals, has published multiple texts on military history and was recently elected to the prestigious British Commission for Military History.
Other events in August include Pilates in the Park in partnership with the Kansas City Ballet (Aug. 6, 9 a.m.);Walking Tour: Penn Valley Park and Walking Tour of Liberty Memorial (Aug. 20, 10 a.m.) where people see some of Kansas City’s historic sites; a free lecture as part of the In the Know series: Machine Guns and WWI (Aug. 21, 2 p.m.); and a screening and discussion on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King (Aug. 26, 6 p.m.).
The National World War I Museum and Memorial holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of the war.
August National World War I Museum and Memorial Events
• Every Wednesday: World War Wednesdays (all tickets $7)
• Every Thursday: Complimentary Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)
• Every Saturday: Hands-on History, 11 a.m. (FREE with paid admission)
• Thursday, August 4: Operation: War Fare, 5:30 p.m. (tickets $15 at theworldwar.org)
• Friday, August 5: American Theatrical Premiere of “The Little Prince,” 6 p.m. (Sold Out)
• Saturday, August 6: Pilates in the Park, 9 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)
• Saturday, August 6: Second Screening of “The Little Prince,” 1 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
• Wednesday, August 10: Is Everything You Know About C.S. Lewis & Politics Wrong? 7 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
• Saturday, August 13: The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 11 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)
• Saturday, August 20: Penn Valley Park and Walking Tour of Liberty Memorial, 10 a.m. FREE for members; tickets $10 for the public at
• Saturday, August 20: Bricks and Mavericks: LEGO & WWI Planes, 11 a.m. (FREE to the public)
• Sunday, August 21: In the Know: Machine Guns and WWI, 2 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
• Wednesday, August 24: The British Experience at the Somme, 6 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
• Friday, August 26: Talking Tolkien: The Return of the King, 6 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
• Saturday- Sunday, August 27 – 28: Living the Great War, 10 a.m. (FREE to the public)
About the National World War I Museum and Memorial
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.
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