Friday, July 25, 2014

The Bristol Fighters

The Western Daily Press has published a story highlighting the British F.2 or Bristol Fighter and the aircraft's role in World War I.  During the spring and summer of 1917, the Bristol Fighter was one of the newer, more agile aircraft designed by the Allies that allowed them to fight more aggressively (and successfully) the German Albatross and turn the tide of the war in the air.  You can read the story of the "Brisfit" here:

Photo credit: Wikimedia and The Shuttleworth Trust

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trench Cake

Would you like a taste of life in the trenches of World War I?  No, you don't have to squat in mud, deal with vermin, or avoid gas shells and snipers.  In this case I mean a taste literally: The Telegraph recently published the recipe for World War I Trench Cake.

Trench Cakes were one of the items English families on the home front could make and send to their loved ones fighting on the continent.  The British government encouraged mothers and sisters to make these for their fathers, sons, and brothers instead of some more traditional sweets because they could be made from food items that were not part of the list of rationed or restricted items (like eggs and butter).  The full recipe is included at the link below.  Give it a try!

Photo credit: The Telegraph and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Music Tribute at the Kauffman Center August 17

On Sunday August 17 at 4:00 pm you can visit the spectacular Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City and hear a musical program focused on the Great War.  Developed in partnership with the National World War I Museum, this performance will feature patriotic and period music, readings from "doughboy" letters written to loved ones, and the opportunity to hear organist Jan Kraybill play the Casavant Organ.  If you have never been to a performance at the Kauffman Center, this is an excellent opportunity to see a world-class musical performance and facility.  Additional information and tickets can be found at the link below.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Great War in Modern Images

The Atlantic recently published a collection of modern images of World War I--it contains photographs from a range of locations and topics, from some of the last surviving veterans to modern day views of the battlefields and the recovery of artifacts.   

Warning: there are a few images of human remains amid the archaeological excavations included in the collection, so if you do not want to see skeletons then you may want to skip checking out this news article.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Missouri Over There

Another excellent resource organized by the Missouri State Library is the new blog Missouri Over There: Exploring Missouri's Role in WWI.  This blog is part of a larger project to digitize materials related to World War I and it features individuals, units, and stories with Missouri connections.  The blog is searchable and provides an excellent resource for students and teachers to find local connections to the Great War.

Ten WWI Battlefield Sites to See

As we approach the anniversary of the opening military actions in World War I, this summer has seen a number of interesting news stories and new websites created to honor the memory of the war.  In the interest of those blog readers who may not see these stories, I am going to post some of the links here for your reference.  These types of news items will be tagged with the label "news" and/or "website" so that then can be easily sorted and searched later as well.

Today's post is from the website Heritage Daily, and they have posted a list and description of ten World War I battlefields that are a "must see."  For those of us who may not be able to travel to Europe, they also provide some excellent photos and descriptions.  The link to the website can be found below, along with an image from their list.

Fort Douaumont 
(Image credit: Wikimedia)
Note: Clicking on the Wikimedia link will bring up additional images of this site.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WWI Museum Tour

Due to limited responses for the guided tour of the World War I Museum we had schedule for this Saturday morning, we are cancelling the tour at this time.  There are public tours scheduled daily, so if you had planned to go you can still participate in one of those  tours.  We will revisit a group tour in the fall when schedules are more open.