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WW1 Centennial News for Wednesday March 8, 2017 - Episode #10


1.  1917 News - Supreme Court Rules Germany Cannot Keep Prize Ships in US 

2. Guest - Mike Shuster - America, Mexico, Germany, Turkey and Russia all in the headlines THEN and NOW

3. Commission - American Association for State and Local History joins WW1 Poppy Program

4. Commission - New England WW1 Centennial Region launched

5. Article - WWrite Blog - Tracy Crow writes about the extraordinary yet forgotten history of Lela Leibrand

6. Social Media - Focus on Women's Month with great posts on women and WW1

7. Much more...


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World War One Centennial News:
March 8, 2017

World War One THEN

100 Year Ago This Week

Supreme Court Rules Germany Cannot Keep Prize Ships in US
Due to their deteriorating diplomatic relations, Germany had lost the right to conduct business at America’s shipping ports. In response, they called upon a treaty signed in 1799 that allowed the German government to claim that she could send prize ships to the United States, keep them there indefinitely, and even sell off their cargoes there.  If this were the case, German auxiliary cruisers and long-range submarines could essentially use the United States as a base, sending captured prizes back to the United States for safekeeping and profit. On March 6 1917, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the Germans and put an end to this practice.
Link: http://today-in-wwi.tumblr.com/post/158091172688/supreme-court-rules-germany-cannot-keep-prize

Great War Project Blog

Debate Sharpens Amidst Submarine Attacks, Secret Plotting.
Britain Regaining Offensive; Russia Collapsing.
Across the globe a century ago, events are speeding up, with the United States hurtling toward war. “The Zimmerman telegram was published in the United States on March 1st,
LINK: www.greatwarproject.org/

War in the Sky

Next, let’s find out what was happening this week, in today’s War In The Sky segment. Theo, take it away.

The Great War Channel

Take and a look and share interesting stories about those who served 100 years ago in WWI 100 years ago, by viewing three new episodes on the Great War Channel.

  1. Russia Before the 1917 Revolution
  2. Liechtenstein, San Marino, Monaco and Andorra in WW1
  3. Conrad Loses His Job - Nivelle's Coup

Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar

World War One NOW

Commission News

American Association for State and Local History joins WW1 Poppy Program
We here at the Commission would like welcome the partnership of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in the new WW1 Poppy Program. This state and local history association is a national organization that provides leadership and support for its members, who preserve and interpret state and local history, in order to make the past more meaningful to all people. They have over six thousand members – thanks for helping to plant the seeds of remembrance.
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/1980-american-association-for-state-and-local-history-aaslh-joins-ww1cc-poppy-program.html

Poppy Program Link: http://ww1cc.org/poppy

Featured Activities and Events

Citizen Artists: World War I and the Creative Economy Symposium
Dates: Saturday, March 11, 2017 09:00am - 05:00pm
Click event title for full information -  This two-day symposium examines the creative contributions of American artists and citizens before, during and after World War I.  Conversations will consider the relationship between military conflict and visual culture, the deployment of everyday citizens in the pursuit of national agendas through art and art-making, evolving racial and gender roles, and the interminglings of memory and mythology in understanding our own history.  Tours with local cultural partners will expand the conversation into other disciplines through the examination of special World War I related collections around the city in smaller groups. Interested attendees will have ...
Contact: 215-972-7600
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - Historic Landmark Building
Philadelphia, PA
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/commemorate/event-map-system/eventdetail/14836/citizen-artists-world-war-i-and-the-creative-economy-symposium.html

Researching Your U.S. WWI Army Ancestors
Dates: Monday, March 13, 2017 06:30pm - 08:30pm
This year marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I, and this local author will share techniques from her newest book for learning about World War I soldiers. Book sale and signing to follow.
Contact: aweekofgenealogy@gmail.com
Odention Regional Library
Odenton, MD
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/commemorate/event-map-system/eventdetail/19081/researching-your-u-s-wwi-army-ancestors.html

Updates From The States

This week, the Illinois state commission has published a complete list of WW1 events happening in the state. Whether you live in the area, or you’re planning a trip there, take a peek at this list and see if there is something you might like to attend. The link to the list will be in the chatroom.
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/images/illinois/pdf/2017IllinoisCommemorationEvents.pdf

We're happy to announce officially the establishment of the New England Region. The inaugural meeting took place yesterday with representatives from CT, MA, ME, RI, VT and the Commission joining the meeting. The meeting went very well. New England is already carrying out a great deal of centennial commemoration and we are confident that the formation of this region will only magnify this commemoration. Stephen Taber of MA will take on the role of Regional Coordinator for New England. We wish him and all of the region's members the best of luck moving forward in the centennial.

We're equally happy to announce that tomorrow we will kick off the Mid-Atlantic Region at 11am EST. This region will consist of DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and WV. All are welcome to register for this call as an attendee at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4085821873151701250

International Report

From maids to mechanics: Incredible pictures of the women who swapped a humdrum life in wartime Britain for service with the Army in World War OnePickup
It’s Women’s History month here in the states, so we’re going to start with an interesting story from the UK. The headline reads: From maids to mechanics: Incredible pictures of the women who swapped a humdrum life in wartime Britain for service with the Army in World War One. Three years into War, Britain was running short of men. To carry on the fight, the government called on the services of thousands of women, who swapped the dreariness of wartime Britain for the peril of life on the front line. The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was one hundred years ago this month. This article features many interesting images of life in the corp. Check it out when you can.
Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4283080/Incredible-pictures-women-serving-World-War-One.html

LIFE IN THE TRENCHES: Incredible never-seen-before photos of WWI through the eyes of a German soldier on the frontline emerge\
From the UK, the headlines read: LIFE IN THE TRENCHES Incredible never-seen-before photos of WWI through the eyes of a German soldier on the frontline emerge. A PhD student unearthed an extraordinary trove of photos while researching for his thesis. Taken by medical officer Robert Lichte, the snapshots document daily life in the trenches and beyond. The most shocking photo from the collection was taken during an operation, which was rare considering photographers were not permitted in medical areas. You can see these photos and read the full story by following the link.
Link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3021972/wwi-photos-through-eyes-german-soldier/

Posts and Articles

Interview with Doug BatsonPickup
Stop by our site to see an interview with Doug Batson who is a living history performer for  Dr. Isaiah Bowman. Bowman, then-Director of the American Geographical Society, was tapped by President Wilson to lead "The Inquiry," a group of distinguished geographers who served as a precursor to today's National Intelligence Council. Batson himself is a former military geographer, and an expert in the geography of World War I. Don’t miss this post.
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/1891-four-questions-for-doug-batson.html

World War I exhibits at the National Museum of American History
The centenary of America’s entrance into the great war is less than thirty days away. The National Museum of American History has prepared a whole host of events and exhibits to commemorate this momentous occasion. We’re posting a link that will take you to a list of those exhibits that will run from this coming April to January of 2019. Put them on your calendar and bring someone with you when you attend.  
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/1982-world-war-i-exhibits-at-the-national-museum-of-american-history.html

WWrite Blog
This week on the WWrite blog, writer Tracy Crow links her own experience as a female Marine to the extraordinary yet forgotten history of Lela Leibrand, one of the first ten women to join the Marines in 1918. Crow recounts the story of how she discovered Lela for her upcoming book: “It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.” This sounds like a must read during Women’s History Month.
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/articles-posts/1703-u-s-marine-corps-veteran-tracy-crow-writes-about-wwi-female-marine-sergeant-lela-leibrand-ginger-roger-s-mother.html

Stories of Service
In our Stories of Service section this week, we often talk about the all African American Harlem Hellfighters regiment as an example of diversity in the war. This week we meet other soldiers from other ethnic groups, such as Shinichi Takenouchi. Shinichi is the son of Japanese immigrants who answered the call to service in 1918. Learn more about the diversity of WWI veterans.
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/commemorate/family-ties/stories-of-service/698-shinichi-takenouchi.html

Buzz Social Media Post

Moving on, let’s see what was going on in the world of social media with Kathy Akey. Kathy, what’s trending on our social media conversation wall this week?

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ww1centennial/videos/736087316566569/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/ww1centennial/photos/a.290566277785344.1073741829.185589304949709/734957970012837/?type=3&theater
  3. https://www.facebook.com/ww1centennial/photos/a.290566277785344.1073741829.185589304949709/733590426816258/?type=3&theater

Social Media Wall http://ww1cc.org/social

That’s it for today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day!
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