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29, August 2014

WWI Artifacts and Memories: The 805th Pioneer Infantry Bearcats

In May 1917, President Woodrow Wilson directed the organization of eight African American infantry regiments for service in WWI. One of these regiments, the 805th Pioneer Infantry, was raised at Camp Funston, Kansas, and included many Missourians. Nicknamed the “Bearcats,” the regiment arrived in France in September 1918. They were assigned to the Department of Light Railways and Roads, where they built and provided upkeep of roads and railroads behind the front lines. They served in this role, performing admirably, until the end of the war in 1918. Read more »

4, August 2014

WWI Artifacts and Memories: A Quick Read about the Four Minute Men

 

One hundred years ago, on August 4, 1914, World War I officially began when Germany invaded Belgium. The United States remained neutral in the beginning, but by 1917 the nation was facing a public relations crisis. President Woodrow Wilson had won re-election in 1916 with the slogan "He kept us out of war.” However, after repeated German attacks on merchant ships in 1915 and 1916, along with the interception of the Zimmerman Telegram in 1917 (a proposal from Germany for Mexico to attack the United States), the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Read more »

2, July 2014

WWI Artifacts and Memories: H. H. Luedinghaus and the USS Vencedor

A total of 156,000 Missourians heeded the call to serve their nation during World War I. As they filled induction stations and boarded trains for training camps across the country, St. Louisan H. H. Luedinghaus and nine young businessmen, including fellow St. Louisans W. C. Uhri Jr., George H. Nelkamp, Walter H. Kobusch, Russell E. Lortz, Ambrose E. Lortz, Ray Bolin, and Clifford Glazer, chose to make their own way in the war. The group purchased a yacht and offered their services to the United States Navy. Read more »

23, June 2014

New Series Showcases WWI Artifacts and Memories

To coincide with the centennial of the start of World War I in 1914, the Missouri History Museum is working on a project to catalog and photograph its World War I holdings. Our process and progress will be shared in a new series on our blog. Using objects, photographs, and archival collections, we will honor the sacrifices and experiences of Missouri men and women during “the war to end war.” Read more »