National World War I Museum and Memorial – September events!
The third annual Night at the Tower benefit event, the debut of The World Remembers exhibition poignantly detailing the deaths of soldiers across the world in 1917 and a presentation on how the Great War affected baseball are among the September offerings from the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
A limited number of tickets to the Museum’s third annual Night at the Tower (Saturday, Sept. 16) remain available. This year’s event continues to build on the momentum of the past two years with eclectic food and beverages, an exclusive auction featuring unique and rare items, and an all new program experience featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Jeanette and Kevin Prenger are serving as Event Chairmen with the Hall Family as Honorary Chairmen. Tickets, which start at $150 and included unlimited food and beverage, are available at NightAtTheTower.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 26 marks the 2017 debut of The World Remembers, an international educational exhibition whose purpose is to remember the nine million combatants who died during World War I. Each year of the World War I centennial, names of the fallen soldiers in the corresponding year of the conflict are displayed in more than 60 locations throughout Europe and North America with the Museum serving as the only location in the United States. The name of each soldier appears only once and with the names of 700,000 soldiers who died in 1917 to display, the exhibition must run for more than six weeks for each soldier to appear. The exhibition concludes on Nov. 11, the date marking the Western Front Armistice in 1918.
Jim Leeke, author of the newly released From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War, discusses how World War I affected America’s pastime and changed the sport forever in a free program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. An opportunity to purchase the author’s book and have it signed follows the program, which is presented in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
On Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., members of the American Medical Women’s Association present a discussion focusing on the daring women in the medical profession during World War I. The free program also spotlights and honors women physicians in service today
The Museum continues its monthly free Story Time series at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a reading of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. The famed artist was a member of the famous Harlem Hellfighters during World War I before leading an extraordinary life as one of the 20th century’s most innovative artists. Other family-friendly events during the month include the Day in the Life series on Sunday, Sept. 10 in which Living Historians bring stories to life through real World War I objects and the weekly Hands-on History series (Saturdays at 2 p.m.) where people of all ages are invited to handle/inspect Great War items. From Sept. 26-29, the Museum, in conjunction with other organizations in the Crown Center District, presents Homeschool Week, which features special discounts and tour opportunities for the Homeschool Community.
The Museum will welcome the U.S. Army Chorus for a special free pop-up performance on Friday, Sept. 29 at 10:45 a.m. The U.S. Army Chorus performs regularly at the White House and at venues across the world.
Other Museum events during September include group training runs for the Oct. 1 WWI 8K Double race (Thursdays at 6 p.m.), a discussion from Kansas City author Anola Pickett on how to write historical fiction (Sept. 24, 2 p.m.) and The Modernists Happy Hour (Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m.)
The National World War I Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive 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.
September National World War I Museum and Memorial Events
- Every Wednesday: World War Wednesdays (all tickets $8)
- Every Thursday, 2 p.m.: Complimentary Tour (FREE with paid admission)
- Every Thursday, 6 p.m.: WWI 8K Double Race Training Runs, (FREE)
- Every Saturday, 2 p.m.: Hands-on History (FREE)
- Sunday, Sept. 10, All Day: Day in the Life with Living Historians (FREE)
- Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.: Women Physicians in World War I (FREE with RSVP)
- Saturday, Sept. 16, 7:15 p.m.: Night at the Tower (Tickets available at NightAtTheTower.org)
- Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.: From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War (FREE with RSVP)
- Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.: Story Time – A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (FREE with RSVP)
- Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.: The Recipe for Writing Historical Fiction (FREE with RSVP)
- Sept. 26-29, All Day: Homeschool Week
- Thursday, Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m.: The Modernists Happy Hour (FREE)
- Friday, Sept. 29, 10:45 a.m.: U.S. Army Chorus Pop-Up Performance (FREE)