KANSAS CITY, MO. – The National WWI Museum and Memorial celebrates the contributions of women in WWI in a family-friendly conversation about the life of chief operator Grace Banker of the U.S. Signal Corps’ women telephone operators. On March 20 at 10:30 a.m., author Claudia Friddell and illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley will discuss their new book Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call about Banker’s grit and courage that helped win the war and earned Grace the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal. The pair will discuss the importance of this story being included in children’s books.
On March 25, National Medal of Honor Day, Joan Barkley Wells and Elsie Shemin Roth, daughters of WWI Medal of Honor Recipients John Lewis Barkley and William Shemin, will meet for the first time in a conversation about courage, sacrifice and legacy. The pair will be joined by Congressional Medal of Honor Society executive director of education Cathy Ehlers Metcalf, daughter of WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Walter Ehlers. This virtual event takes place at 7 p.m. and is in partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
The War Fare event series continues on March 14 at 2 p.m. with War Fare: Food, Gender and German Identity. Dr. Heather Perry will present a discussion on culture, gender and the national foodscape during and after WWI in Germany. Provided by Affäre, a picnic dessert basket and wine is available for purchase for those in the Kansas City area.
March is Homeschool Month at the Museum and Memorial. Whether schooling at home, home-schooling or just looking for a reason to get out of the house with kids, any students age 18 and younger will receive $6 admission and a free family guide.
The Museum and Memorial’s bi-annual Save a Life: Blood Drive will take place on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will have the chance to support those in need just as soldiers did 100 years ago, when blood was stored for future transfusions for the first-time during World War I. Appointments are required. A members-only Museum Insider: 100 Years of Collecting Art will take place on March 29 at 7 p.m. with an inside peak at the exhibition with Museum and Memorial senior curator Doran Cart.
March National WWI Museum and Memorial events
- All March, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Homeschool Month (discount student admission)
- Sunday, March 14, 2 p.m.: War Fare: Food, Gender and German Identity (virtual event)
- Saturday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.: Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call (family‑friendly virtual event)
- Thursday, March 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Save a Life: Blood Drive (on‑site event)
- Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.: National Medal of Honor Day (virtual event)
- Monday, March 29, 7 p.m.: Museum Insider: 100 Years of Collecting Art (members‑only virtual event)
About the National WWI Museum and Memorial
The National World WWI 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 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.
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