To be an international partner and resource for commemoration of the history, policy and humanity of World War I.
- Centennial Mission Statement, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
During the course of the World War I Centennial commemoration, the National World War I Museum will offer an array of programs, exhibitions and events to educate, recognize and remember the Great War and its enduring impact. Events related to the Centennial will be posted on a continuing basis on this page.
U.S. Centennial Commission Meeting & Public ProgramsSunday, July 27, 2014 National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
8:30 a.m. - U.S. Centennial Commission Meeting (open to the public): Board Conference Room
11 a.m. - One Century Later Panel Discussion: J.C. Nichols Auditorium
One Century Later is a panel discussion in partnership with the World War One Centennial Commission that examines the impact of World War I on present day society a hundred years after the start of the Great War. Join historians Dr. Mitch Yockelson, Dr. Graydon Tunstall and Dr. Chad Williams for a intriguing conversation moderated by veteran journalist and Network News Correspondent Barbara Pinto. Included with Museum admission and free for members.
1 p.m. - Germany and the Outbreak of WWI Reconsidered: J.C. Nichols Auditorium
On its 100th anniversary, join us for an animated and intellectual examination of the outbreak of war led by Dr. Michael Epkenhans, professor and Director of Historical Research at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces at Potsdam. Included with Museum admission and free for members.
Franz Ferdinand Assassination Commemoration
Two shots fired outside a delicatessen in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 forever changed the world. The assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, placed the world on the brink and prompted a series of events resulting in the outbreak of World War I. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the assassination with several public programs and a free public ceremony on Saturday, June 28. The Museum will extend its hours from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Summary of June 28, 2014 Events:
- Keynote address from former U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Dr. John Menzies
- Performances from the Kansas City Symphony String Quartet
- Moving recollection of stories from the era performed by award-winning actor John Rensenhouse
Parking & Shuttle Service
Free parking and shuttle services are available on June 28 from the Crown Center parking lot at Grand & 27th Streets from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Due to street closures, guests will need to use either Main Street or Wyandotte Street to access the Museum parking lots.
A CENTURY IN THE SHADOW OF THE GREAT WAR
An International Centennial Planning Conference
March 22-24, 2013
National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
The National World War I Museum hosted an international WWI Centennial planning conference during March 22-24, 2013, whose purpose was for participants to present and discuss plans for observing and commemorating the War’s centennial and network ideas at institutional and personal levels. Eight countries were represented by featured speakers, panelists and attendees including Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Turkey, Slovakia and Japan.
The conference’s agenda included panels that covered a variety of subjects from the idea of making WWI battlefields UNESCO World Heritage sites, to the effort to digitize its historical records to interpreting the conflict through the visual and performing arts. Four prominent WWI scholars were the conference’s featured speakers, presenting topics that ranged from the origins of the War, to its Eastern Front campaigns, to the effects of the conflict on an occupied nation, to how the War can be interpreted and memorialized by art. To view photos from the event, visit our Flickr.
Hear from the conference's featured speakers:
Thank you to the Government of Flanders (Belgium), Department of Foreign Affairs – Flanders House New York for partnering as a Lead Sponsor for this event.
Additionally, we thank our other sponsors including:
The Western Front Association
AFS Intercultural Programs
Cyprienne Simchowitz, Attorney at Law & Jerry White
Barton Hacker & Margaret Vining
Cyprienne Simchowitz, President Alliance Française de Kansas City
Order of the First World War
Crile Archives Center for History Education
Strasburg Rail Road