Centennial Commemoration


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 and Memorial

During the course of the World War I Centennial commemoration, the National World War I Museum and Memorial 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 Programs 

Sunday, 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:
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, June 29
Where:  Southeast Lawn of the National World War I Museum 
What:  The National World War I Museum, in partnership with amateur radio, will host special event station WW1USA from the grounds of the Liberty Memorial. Broadcasting for 31 consecutive hours, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. Free to the public
When: 9:30 a.m. (start), 10 a.m. (open to public), Saturday, June 28
Where: West Lobby Space of the National World War I Museum 
What: The event that unleashed World War I and forever shaped history will unfold through 140-character tweets in an elaborate e-reenactment featuring more than 25 historical figures and multiple languages. Students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas, as well as local community members, have taken on the Twitter personas of significant and minor participants in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which occurred in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. Free to the public
That Fateful Day June 28, 1914 
When: 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 28
Where: South Mall of the National World War I Museum
What: The Museum’s South Mall represents an approximation of the Archduke’s parade route taken on June 28, 1914.  Individuals representing the seven assassins are stationed along the Museum’s south mall to share details of what transpired in Sarajevo in this free self-guided tour that also includes a vintage 1910 Maytag-Mason automobile. Free to the public
Commemoration Ceremony 
When: 2-3 p.m., Saturday, June 28
Where: Due to weather, the Ceremony has been moved indoors to the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the Museum.
What: A formal, free public program to include:  
  • 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
Recent Acquisition Display & Discussion: 1910 Belgian Automatic Pistol
When: 3-4 p.m.
Where: Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
What: National World War I Museum Senior Curator Doran Cart showcases and discusses a recent acquisition: a Model 1910 Belgian Automatic Pistol. Four Model 1910 pistols were purchased in a Belgrade, Serbia arms store and then delivered to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassination conspirators. The pistol on display is similar to the pistol used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate the Archduke and his wife on June 28, 1914. 


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. 




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