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Christmas TruceSunday, December 20th from 8-9 pm

This week, KPR will mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when soldiers took a break from the horrors of World War I to share an evening of song, snacks, and soccer. Kaye McIntyre visits the The National World War I Museum in Kansas City to talk to Lora Vogt about the Christmas Truce, how the museum is marking the occasion this month, and their new on-line exhibit on the Truce.

WWI The Second Battlefield: Nurses In The First World War

On exhibit at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas

 “At first we could cope; then we were overwhelmed by their numbers. They came in the hundreds, from all directions; some able to walk, others crawling, dragging themselves along the ground.” —Florence Farmborough, Red Cross nurse with the Imperial Russian army at Gorlice on the Eastern Front

 Nursing played a crucial role during the First World War. Emergency medical practices evolved enormously during the war years (1914–1918) and thousands more medical workers were involved than in previous wars. New and innovative practices included blood transfusions, the use of antiseptics, local anesthetics, and painkillers. Throughout the War, membership in the American Red Cross grew from 17,000 to more than 20 million and 20,000 registered nurses were recruited for military service. In the United Kingdom, 38,000 members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment served in hospitals or worked as ambulance drivers and cooks.

 This collection will be on exhibit from 09/16/2014 to 04/05/2015.

Please click here for more info: http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/programs/docs/WWI_Nurses6.pdfNurses_WW1

Spencer Museum’s WWI art helps recall past, understand present

Medicine in the First World War

By Donna Peck
November 12, 2014

When the United States entered the First World War in 1917, the U.S. Army mobilized medical resources in major American cities to create 100 large base hospitals that would be located miles behind the front but immediately accessible by highly efficient ambulance trains. One of those hospitals was Base Hospital #28, the military base hospital that was formed by Kansas City doctors and nurses and located in Limoges, France. The hospital was led by doctors who were affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Medicine before and after The Great War. Initially planned for 500 beds, the hospital expanded to nearly 3,000 beds as battle casualties and influenza epidemic patients poured in.

Now the University of Kansas Medical Center has a website devoted to the history and stories about Base Hospital #28. The website is a cooperative effort of KU Medical Center and The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.

One of the driving forces behind the Medicine in the First World War website is Frederick Holmes, M.D., a professor in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and the Hashinger Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at the KU School of Medicine. Holmes, who collaborated on the website with his KU colleagues, Anthony Kovac, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, and Grace Holmes, M.D., professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine emeritus, said it is important that the story of Base Hospital #28 be remembered.

“I think particularly as the centennial of the First World War approaches, more people will be interested in how medicine was practiced in the European theater of operations,” Holmes said. “The doctors and nurses who were associated with the KU Schools of Medicine and Nursing had some very compelling stories to tell.”

Holmes said records of Base Hospital #28 are extensive and include a variety of reports, patient records, hospital records, x-rays, statistical data, and over 1,000 black and white images from photo albums and scrapbooks detailing medical and hospital practice.

The primary source of the materials included on the website are the archives of the National World War I Museum and of KU Medical Center, including the personal diaries of doctors and nurses who served during the war.

“As much material we have been able to include on the website, there are volumes more that we have yet to get through,” Holmes said.

In addition to an in-depth history of Base Hospital #28, the website features scholarly essays on topics related to World War I military medicine. Essay topics include “Blood Transfusions during the First World War” and “Typhus on the Eastern Front.”

Holmes said he anticipates that more historical materials and essays will be added to the Medicine in the First World War website in the coming months and years. He said those working on the website will continue to speak and publish, will sponsor exhibits at the Clendening History of Medicine Museum, and will encourage hospitals and other medical facilities in the Kansas City region to recognize the centennial of the Great War in a variety of ways.

“The doctors and nurses from our area who served at Base Hospital #28 made a tremendous contribution to the U.S. war effort,” Holmes said. “We want to make sure that their stories are told and preserved.


A global guide to the first world war – interactive documentary

Have you seen The Guardian‘s amazing interactive guide to the first world war? It’s worth checking out!

Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage, including extraordinary scenes of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italian soldiers fighting high up in the Alps, the half-hour film explores the war and its effects from many different perspectives. You can watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi thanks to our partnership with the British Academy.
The Guardian, July 23, 2014

Click here to access the Interactive Guide to WWI

Vigil to Commemorate Veterans Day

Cleared for release by Joint Staff Public Affairs

Nov 8, 10:00 am to Nov 9, 11:00 am
Korean War, Vietnam War and Carillon/Campanile WWII Memorials
Memorial Drive, KU

The KU ROTC programs will conduct a 24-hour Veterans Day Vigil at three on-campus war memorials. Two Cadets in dress uniform will stand guard at each memorial throughout the 24-hour period. The start of the vigil will be marked by a bugler playing Taps at top of the Campanile. Cadets will be stationed at the Korean War, Vietnam War and Carillon/Campanile WWII Memorials. As a note, the Memorial Union, Memorial Stadium and Memorial Drive were constructed as memorials to those serving in WWI.

An Americana Concert: A Centennial Tribute to The Sacrifices of Lawrence’s and America’s Soldiers In WWI

Oct 26 -WWI-Americana Concert
Join us for a concert by the Lawrence Community Orchestra featuring Baritone Timothy Noble. The concert will include:

·Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein,
·Old American Songs set 2 by Aaron Copland, and
·Symphony No. 2, Romantic by Howard Hanson.
This event will take place in Liberty Memorial Central’s auditorium. The school was built as a memorial to honor the 300 individuals from Lawrence who served during WWI. The auditorium houses a number of tributes to our fallen soldiers including plaques, stained glass windows, and an engraved Rudyard Kipling poem that reminds us of the tragedies of war. Tickets: $15 adult/$10 students. For more information, see www.lawrenceorchestra.org