Every week the Museum receives donations, but it is the artifacts of human cost that continue to draw deep emotion, even after twenty years, in the Museum’s curatorial staff. This artificial right arm and hand, recently donated to the Museum, was issued to 1st Lieutenant Henry G. Botjer, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division. The first object of its kind in the museum collection, this prosthetic was made by Carnes Artificial Limb Company in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lieutenant Botjer was gravely wounded in action on October 27, 1918. An after-battle account describes, “an explosion occurred almost in the place where Lieut. Botjer was. When the smoke cleared up he was seen lying on the ground, face down, his right hand severed above the wrist.” He recovered and lived until October 30, 1982. In 1918, an American doctor working on Marines wounded at Belleau Wood noted, “The character of the wounds encountered here fall chiefly into the tearing, lacerating, crushing and amputating types, accompanied by all degrees of fractures, hemorrhage, and destruction of soft tissue.”
To learn more about medicine in World War I, visit the Museum’s Research Center or Main Gallery exhibition.
To learn more about making a donation to the collection, visit Collection Donation on our website.
The 14-page booklet sends children on a scavenger hunt through the Museum’s world-class collection. From aerial combat and life in the trenches to insignia, propaganda, and the role women played in the war, kids will learn about a variety of interesting WWI topics.
Download and print the Family Guide today, or ask for a free copy at the Museum Store during your next visit.
The Family Guide is made possible through a generous contribution of the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.
Ever wonder how heavy a helmet is? Come explore Great War artifacts in the Museum main gallery on Mondays or Fridays between 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. or in the morning on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Included with Museum admission and free for Members.
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is proud to host Spirit Ride, a motorcycle ride in partnership with Gail’s Harley Davidson, Grandview, Missouri. This annual ride will be on Saturday, July 27, 2013, starting with a rally at Gail’s Harley-Davidson at 10:00 a.m., and continue with a ride, picnic and free concert on the grounds of the Liberty Memorial that evening. During the event the riders receive free Museum admission from 5:00-7:00 along with a picnic dinner and live entertainment on the Memorial courtyard.
“The Liberty Memorial has a storied tradition of being a gathering place for the Kansas City community to honor our military, and the Spirit Ride is a great way to continue this tradition and encourage new audiences to share the spirit of liberty,” says Dr. Mary Cohen, Interim President & CEO of the Museum. Additionally, Gail of Gail’s Harley-Davidson says, “Our team is grateful to the military for keeping us free on the open road, and we are proud to be a part of the Spirit Ride."
The Museum has partnered with organizations that are well known for their community involvement and support of veterans in Kansas City and across the region. All proceeds from the event will benefit the National World War I Museum, the nation’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War. “The VFW and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial have a rich bond of friendship grounded in our mutual love of country and deep appreciation for those who have served and sacrificed on behalf of our great nation,” said VFW Adjutant General Allen “Gunner” Kent. “We are proud to be part of the Spirit Ride because it is a wonderful opportunity to provide thousands of our fellow citizens a way to express their patriotic pride and demonstrate their gratitude to those who have and continue to serve so well.”
“We have traveled a lot and taken many tours; this was one of our best.”
-Kelton and Marilyn Smith, on the Museum’s 2012 European battlefield tour
Building on the success of its inaugural battlefield tour in 2012, the National World War I Museum is offering two more exclusive tours for Museum members.
In Fall 2013, travel from the fortress city of Liege to the spectacular battlefields of the Vosges Mountains on a memorable 10-day tour of the Western Front. On the August 2014 tour, journey through the dried-up gullies and quiet beaches of Gallipoli in a comprehensive walking tour that incorporates the initial landings of April 25, 1915, through to the eventual evacuation in January 1916.
All tours are hosted in conjunction with specialist tour operator Battle Honours Ltd in the UK. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
The Dillingham Family Sponsors Park Bench
A view unlike any other in the city is what Mr. John Dillingham and his family can expect when sitting on the bench they have sponsored at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. Mr. Dillingham describes the family’s decision to sponsor the bench on the park grounds as a “family legacy.” One of his proudest moments will be when his grandchildren can stop by their family’s bench during field trips to the Museum, hoping that this special connection will instill a deep bond with the Museum.
Mr. Dillingham has a long and meaningful history with the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, serving as a past Chair of the Board of Trustees and leading the initiative to restore the Memorial. He intends to pass this legacy of volunteering along to his children and grandchildren, and hopes his sponsorship will motivate others to follow suit and become champions for the Museum.
The Dillinghams’ commitment to the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial has truly turned into a family affair. The Museum is deeply appreciative of the Dillinghams’ contribution and invites you and your family to start your own legacy through a bench sponsorship. For more information, please contact Angela Tangen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-888-8106.
Explore how the music of the Great War era supported patriotic engagement at home and rallied the troops abroad through a new exhibition in Memory Hall.
View colorful sheet music from the Museum’s archives and scroll through historical recordings on an iPad. Or, sit down at a 1912 upright piano and play one of the era’s biggest hits yourself!
Included with Museum admission and free for member, Harmonies of the Homefront is open through Oct. 27, 2013.