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6, February 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories—Over There: Missouri and the Great War

Since 2012 the Missouri History Museum has hosted associate historian Rochelle Caruthers at the Museum’s Library and Research Center. As a part of the Over There: Missouri and the Great War digitization project team, Rochelle has surveyed, scanned, and transcribed selected World War I collections at MHM and in the greater St. Louis region. Rochelle has counterparts across the state who have scanned and transcribed thousands of pages since the beginning of the project. Read more »

13, December 2014

WWI Artifacts and Memories: Forty and Eight

At the end of World War I in November 1918, U.S. military men and women began their return home. The shared experiences and bonds formed in military service gave rise to veterans’ organizations on a local and national scale. The American Legion and the World War Veterans were both founded in 1919. In 1921 the Disabled American Veterans of the World War was formed to provide care for the more than 200,000 injured Americans returning from war, in addition to job-finding services and vocational training. Read more »

10, November 2014

Wartime Sweethearts

In September 1917, plumber Frank Clinton Mitchell found himself at Camp Pike, an army training camp in Little Rock, Arkansas. Working a construction job in support of the war, he was not only separated from his native St. Louis, but also from his sweetheart, Edna Kessler. Read more »

13, October 2014

WWI Artifacts and Memories: Piano Man in France

On March 17, 1918, Charles Atkinson Bull, a well-known St. Louis gospel singer, religious worker, and piano salesman, departed for France. Carrying with him a portable Estey pump organ, Bull joined the 25,925 YMCA volunteers serving overseas and in America. The YMCA provided entertainment, support, and religious services to men of the United States and their allies during World War I. Read more »

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 »