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Tuesday, October 01 2019
Highlights of October Activities at National WWI Museum and Memorial

Lest We Forget, German-Italian photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano’s deeply moving exhibition featuring large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors, will close on Sunday, Oct. 6. Toscano visited and took portraits of almost 400 Holocaust survivors in the United States, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Belarus, Austria and the Netherlands and 70 of those photographs are presented outdoors on the Memorial Courtyard. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

(Update: October 4, 2019)  Two adjustments to the National WWI Museum and Memorial October programming schedule:

•    Lest We Forget – an abbreviated version of the exhibition featuring intimate portraits of Holocaust survivors will remain at the Museum and Memorial from Monday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 20. The abbreviated version features seven portraits of Holocaust survivors from the Kansas City area and will be positioned in front of the main entrance to the Museum. The original exhibition featuring 70 portraits will close on Sunday, Oct. 6.

•    Great American Jeep and Military Expo – due to potential weather-related issues, the Great American Jeep and Military Expo will be rescheduled for Spring 2020.

The year 1919 saw sweeping changes in a landscape dramatically altered by years of unrelenting warfare. Leaders advanced towards elusive peace amid political instability, economic uncertainty and social conflict. As terms of the Treaty of Versailles were negotiated, a world reordered faced decisions and realities that would leave a complex legacy. Was peace achieved in the aftermath of World War I? A collection of scholars and historians from across the globe will contemplate that question and more at the Museum and Memorial’s annual symposium on Nov. 1 2. Award-winning presenters include Margaret MacMillan, Erez Manela, Tammy M. Proctor, Chad Williams, Yiğit Akin, Nancy Bristow, John T. Kuehn, Jörn Leonhard, James Carl Nelson and Nathan Wood. The event is open to the public and early bird registration for $195 ends on Sunday, Oct. 6.
From blood-thirsty vampires to the vengeful undead, American pop and folk culture specialist W. Scott Poole traces the origins of the contemporary genre of horror to the devastation of World War I in an eye-opening conversation based upon his 2018 book, Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror, on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Following the works of famous figures like director F.W. Murnau, actor Bela Lugosi and writers Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft, Poole argues that the trauma of the Great War and its calamitous costs reappear in a multitude of macabre forms, echoing the unprecedented horrors of the trenches, haunting the screen and page through today.
The Museum and Memorial partners with the Hell on Wheels Living History Educational Foundation for the Great American Jeep and Military Expo on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Showcasing the evolution of Jeeps from pre-WWII military vehicles into modern-day civilian transportation, the expo features more than 150 Jeeps, food trucks, activities and more. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. More information can be found at
Boldly capturing World War I’s devastation, writer and suffragist Ellen N. La Motte penned her controversial book, The Backwash of War, about her experiences as a nurse on the Western Front. Modeling a new and influential style of war writing, her biting prose was banned in England and France upon its publication in 1916, and later censored in the U.S. by the book’s publisher upon the postmaster’s urging. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 Professor Cynthia Wachtell offers a presentation on the contentious text and incredible story of its author based upon her book The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I.
Throughout the month of October, the Museum and Memorial hosts a variety of family-friendly events. Every Saturday at 11 a.m., kids are invited to handle objects from the Great War during Hands-on History. On Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1-4 p.m., Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club presents Kansas City Games for Good, which includes a scavenger hunt, face painting, and a basketball bounce house. On Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m., the Living History Volunteer Corps showcases real WWI objects up close for people to handle and inspect during the Day in the Life program.
Other events during the month include Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle (Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m.); Museum Insider: Curator’s Choice (Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m.); The Lady from the Black Lagoon (Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.); Main Street History Crawl (Oct. 12, 4 p.m.); Modernist Happy Hour (Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.).
The National WWI Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second- oldest- public museum dedicated to preserving the object, history and personal experiences of the war.
October National WWI Museum and Memorial Events   [Additional Information and RSVP]

•    Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m.: Complimentary Tour (FREE with paid admission)
•    Every Saturday, 11 a.m.: Hands-on History (FREE to the public)
•    Saturday, October 5, 10:30 a.m.: Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle (FREE with RSVP)
•    Saturday, October 5, 1-4 p.m.: Kansas City Games for Good (FREE to the public)
•    Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.: Museum Insider: Curator’s Choice (Members Only)
•    Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.: The Lady from the Black Lagoon (FREE with RSVP)*
•    Saturday, October 12, 4 p.m.: Main Street History Crawl (Tickets $35)
•    Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m.: Day in the Life (FREE to the public)
•    Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Great American Jeep and Military Vehicle Expo (Adults $5, Children $2)
•    Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.: The Backwash of War: Ellen N. La Motte and Her Explosive Lost Classic (FREE with RSVP)
•    Thursday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.: Modernist Happy Hour (FREE to the public)
•    Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.: Terror in the Trenches (FREE with RSVP)
*Held at the Kansas City Public Library – Central Library

About the National WWI Museum and Memorial
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impacts on the global community. The Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive 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 and Memorial 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 WWI 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

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