Taps at the Tower, Programs about the Centennial of the Treaty of Versailles & Debut of Online Exhibition on the Role of Volunteers in WWI Highlight June Offerings at National WWI Museum and Memorial
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The sixth annual Taps at the Tower – featuring the opportunity to ascend to the top of the Tower for the first time after each evening’s ceremony – programs examining the Treaty of Versailles 100 years later and the debut of an online exhibition detailing the role of volunteers during the Great War are among the June offerings at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
The Museum and Memorial presents the sixth annual Taps at the Tower each evening at sunset (8:45 p.m.) from Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22. Taps at the Tower links the beauty and simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the symbolism of the Liberty Memorial. People are invited to come and use the grounds each evening, have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors. At sunset, people will gather at the Liberty Memorial Tower to experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony. For the first time, guests are invited to ascend to the top of the Tower at no charge following the ceremony each evening to enjoy striking and beautiful panoramic views of Kansas City.
June 28 marks the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which formally brought an end to the first global war in human history. The Museum and Memorial marks the occasion with a trio of programs beginning with The People and the Peace at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17 as Senior Curator Doran Cart examines the people who influenced "the peace" and those who were left out. At 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, representatives from Slovakia participate in a Tree of Peace planting ceremony to honor those who perished in WWI. On Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m., special projects historian Jennifer Zoebelein discusses the postwar conference that sought to bring a lasting peace to a world devastated by war during The Paris Peace Conference at 100. All three events are free to the public with RSVP.
Now available online, The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I examines the stories of the young men and women who transformed the meaning of volunteerism. Prompted by altruism, personal ambition, a search for adventure or hope for an Allied-led redemption of a devastated Europe, these American volunteers engaged in the war before the United States entered the conflict. This digital exhibition, produced in collaboration with AFS Intercultural Programs, shares their inspirational stories.
In Europe alone, World War I displaced approximately 10 million people. In 2017, an unprecedented 68.5 million people worldwide were forced to leave their homes, including more than 25 million by war and violence. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday June 13, Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor moderates a timely panel conversation with Nazanin Ash of the International Rescue Committee and Abdul Bakar of Della Lamb Community Services as they address the roots, realities and prospects of refugees and global migration.
Since 1941, Congress and the Department of Defense have reviewed the military’s process for awarding valor medals to ensure minority veterans were recognized equitably. No review has yet occurred for World War I veterans. At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, members of the Valor Medals Review Task Force discus their work to recognize and honor the WWI veterans who were denied the Medal of Honor due to race.
Other events during the month include: Hands-on History (Saturdays at 11 a.m.); Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle (Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.); Museum Insider: Behind the Stacks (Wednesday, June 5, 6 p.m.); History Happy Hour (Thursday, June 6, 4 p.m.); National Doughnut Day featuring free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme (Friday, June 7, 10 a.m.; while supplies last); HEAR Now Festival (Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m.); Day in the Life with Living Historians (Sunday, June 9, All Day a.m.); Flag Day concert (Friday, June 14, 1 p.m.); Kansas City History Trivia Brunch (Sunday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.); and the Modernist Happy Hour (Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.).
The National WWI 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.
June National WWI Museum and Memorial Events
- Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m.: Complimentary Tour (FREE with paid admission)
- Every Saturday, 11 a.m.: Hands-on History (FREE)
- Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.: Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle (FREE with RSVP)
- Wednesday, June 5, 6 p.m.: Museum Insider: Behind the Stacks (FREE for members)
- Thursday, June 6, 4 p.m.: History Happy Hour (Tickets $15 for members, $20 for non-members)
- Friday, June 7, 10 a.m.: National Doughnut Day (FREE)
- Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m.: HEAR Now Festival (FREE with RSVP)
- Sunday, June 9, All Day: Day in the Life with Living Historians (FREE)
- Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.: Great Decisions: Refugees and Global Migration (FREE with RSVP)
- Monday, June 14, 1 p.m.: Flag Day Concert (FREE)
- Sunday-Saturday, June 16-22, Sunset (8:45 p.m.): Taps at the Tower (FREE)
- Monday, June 17, 6 p.m.: The People and the Peace (FREE with RSVP)
- Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.: World War I Valor Medals Review (FREE with RSVP)
- Friday, June 21, 5 p.m.: Tree of Peace Planting Ceremony (FREE with RSVP)
- Sunday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.: Kansas City History Trivia Brunch (Tickets $25)
- Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.: The Paris Peace Conference at 100 (FREE with RSVP)
- Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.: Modernist Happy Hour (FREE)
About the National WWI Museum and Memorial
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impacts on the global community. The 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 experiences of the war. The Museum and Memorial 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 WWI 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.