Hello, Kansas City! We are lucky to have so many wonderful educational resources with the museums in this great city. The National World War I Museum is one of those great treasures. They have a ton of activities and events this December, so add a little history to your month, and check them out!
Check Out These Upcoming Events at the
National World War I Museum
A celebration of the 10th anniversary of the newly built National World War I Museum, the fourth annual Truce Tournament/EPL Watch Party and a conversation with a WWII veteran on the 75thanniversary of Pearl Harbor are among the December events at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
In 2006, the doors opened to the Congressionally designated National World War I Museum. The Museum celebrates 10 years by honoring the city that made it all possible. From Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 6-11 the Museum offers free admission to the public as well as an array of activities, including free guided tours of the last 10 years of Museum acquisitions, daily editions of the Hands-on History program, daily tours, special programs and a rare opportunity to ascend the Liberty Memorial Tower in the evening on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10 from 5-8 p.m. and experience the breathtaking panoramic views with the Kansas City skyline.
Additionally, on Friday, Dec. 2, the Museum will hand out more than 10,000 special poppy card flyers in the Crossroads Arts District in conjunction with the First Friday event. These special cards feature a poppy in the shape of a “zero” and, when held up adjacent to the Liberty Memorial Tower, a number “10” is formed. Anyone who uses the card to capture an image and posts on social media using the hashtag #HonorKC can then bring their electronic device to the Museum and receive a free admission ticket for the next 10 weeks (ends on Feb. 10). More information on Anniversary Week activities can be found at theworldwar.org/10years.
Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kansas City proudly welcomes Doolittle Raider veteran, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, USAF (Ret.), and Dr. Dennis R. Okerstrom, author of the acclaimed book Dick Cole’s War, for an engaging event. Cole and Okerstrom will reflect on the impact of Pearl Harbor and the present day meaning of WWII. The event is currently sold out, but a waitlist is available at theworldwar.org.
Fourth Annual Truce Tournament
Sporting Club, The Soccer Lot and the Museum invite the regional soccer community to take part in the fourth annual Truce Tournament commemorating the Christmas Truce in World War I. Paired with a free (with RSVP) British pub-themed Boxing Day English Premier League Watch Party inside the Museum as well as an optional all you can eat and drink buffet ($25), this 3v3 tournament will be played on Memorial Hill with the Kansas City skyline providing an unmistakable backdrop on Monday, Dec. 26 starting at 8 a.m. For more information, visitthetrucekc.com.
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m.
The Museum hosts a free Knit-In special edition of Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle featuring beverages and treats as well as the opportunity to learn and participate with some completed projects being donated to the local veteran’s hospital.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The Museum hosts In War and Peace – Perspectives on Conflict Resolution. A panel conversation featuring star Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato as she discusses her project, “In War and Peace – Harmony Through Music” with panelists Alvin Brooks, Joanne Katz, and Dr. Matthew Naylor. The event is free with RSVP.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
The Museum hosts Verdun: The Bleeding of Nations in which U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Dr. Richard S. Faulkner delivers a free commemorative lecture on the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Verdun’s end.
Other Events at the Musuem in December
Other events at the Museum during the month include a Wreaths Across America event (Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.), the free monthly series Day in the Life (Saturday, Dec. 11, all day) featuring living historians discussing aspects of World War I; a free screening of the animated short film War Games (Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m.) and a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel (Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m.).
The National World War I Museum and Memorial holds the most diverse 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 personal experiences of the war.
Media interested in covering any of the Museum’s offerings should contact Mike Vietti at 816-888-8122 firstname.lastname@example.org.
December National WWI Museum & Memorial Events
- Every Wednesday: World War Wednesdays (all tickets $7)
- Every Thursday: Complimentary Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)
- Saturday, Dec. 3: Knit-In, 9:30 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)
- Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 11: Anniversary Week (FREE admission)
- Tuesday, Dec. 6: In War and Peace, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
- Wednesday, Dec. 7: 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
- Friday, Dec. 9 – Saturday, Dec. 10: Nighttime Liberty Memorial Tower Access, 5-8 p.m. (FREE)
- Saturday, Dec. 10: Family Friendly: War Game, 1 p.m. (FREE with RSVP
- Sunday, Dec. 11: Day in the Life: Christmas During the War, all day (FREE)
- Wednesday, Dec. 14: Verdun: The Bleeding of Nations, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
- Saturday, Dec. 17: Wreaths Across America, 10 a.m. (FREE)
- Saturday, Dec. 17: Joyeux Noel Screening, 1 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
- Saturday, Dec. 26: Truce Tournament, 8 a.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 26: English Premier League Watch Party, 8 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)
About the National World War I Museum and Memorial
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most diverse 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 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 World War I 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 theworldwar.org.
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