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Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration
2018 Planning

The Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration Association (TXWWICCA) will host their 2018 Planning & Coordination Conference on March 2, 2018, in Austin. The conference will provide information, resources, and coordination for Texans interested in orchestrating WWI commemoration activities for their communities and organizations.
The March conference is co-sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and will be held at the Stephen F. Austin Building auditorium, located at 1700 North Congress Avenue in Austin. The day-long program will focus on helping organizations orchestrate events that will take place in 2018 through June 2019 when the National WWI Centennial period ends. The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration will be required. Conference registration is available online beginning February 8, 2018, and will close February 27 or when auditorium capacity has been reached.
World War I had an enduring impact on Texas. Over 198,000 Texans from every race, ethnicity, and gender served in the Great War; 5,171 lost their lives. It was a time of great change in technology, culture, and society. Texas was a center for military logistics and training, as well as a key supplier of war materials (oil, cotton, livestock, lumber, etc.).
“Our purpose is to provide information, resources, and coordination for Texans interested in orchestrating WWI commemoration activities in their communities and organizations,” said Jim Hodgson, a Director with the TXWWICCA. “We’ve partnered with universities, museums, schools, civic groups, military units, and many others since 2016 on previous Texas WWI Centennial events.”  
The conference agenda will include updates on existing Centennial initiatives around the state and ideas for “off-the-shelf” commemoration activities that can be easily adopted. Organizations and communities who have not yet identified a Centennial commemoration event will be able to identify commemoration activities that best suit their constituency.   
“With TVC co-sponsorship, we will also emphasize the role veteran organizations can play,” Hodgson said. “Veteran’s issues from WWI remain relevant 100 years later…we believe that WWI Centennial commemorations provide a natural opportunity for veterans to connect with their communities, schools, and local governments.”
The online registration provides detailed information on the agenda, parking, and cafeteria services for the event. Contact the TXWWICCA at if experiencing any difficulty registering.


CLICK HERE for Conference Information and Registration.


Telling the story of Texas and Texans in the Great War to school students is a top priority for the World War I Centennial. Veteran’s Day 2017 is the perfect opportunity to make the connection. TSHA supports the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration (TXWWICC) Association's fall 2017 outreach initiative, 100 Years / 100 Schools, with a goal to partner with at least 100 schools as part of organized Veterans Day programs to create awareness of the 100th anniversary of WWI, see PRESS RELEASE.

Through, TSHA has assembled some resources for teaching WWI and especially its connection to Veterans Day. These include the resources of TXWWICC Google Drive among many others.

Main Site: WWI Resource for Teachers
Relevant TEKS Standards:  Download HERE
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission marks the 100th Anniversary of the “Great War,” with its latest exhibit: “Texans Take to the Trenches.” The collection of photographs, documents, and dispatches commemorate the Texans who responded to Uncle Sam’s “I Want You” rally cry and showcases the individual experiences of Texans dealing with the war both at home and abroad.

The Texas Historical Commission has a variety of resources at your disposal that covers a broad range of media from online, print, social media, and mobile resources.  Check out their site by clicking on either logo above or use these links.
The Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Association website has a host of resources to help you including a calendar of events around the State.


North Texas in WWI Mobile App available FREE.
The Texas Military Forces Museum is your primary resource for all things related to the Texas National Guard and in particular the 36th Division.  They house many WWI artifacts and is free to the public.  It is located at Camp Mabry in Austin.

This is the National Commission Site and the "Big Daddy" of resources but not specific to Texas.  Excellent growing collection of resources. 


No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in World War I is a multimedia project—traveling exhibition and (eventually) online research tool—that draws attention to the First World War experiences of East Texan African Americans. Created initially to commemorate the centennial of World War I, it will document the thousands of black Texan men who served as commissioned and non-commissioned officers, infantrymen, cavalrymen, military policemen, mechanics, doctors, dentists, veterinary assistants, lumbermen, chauffeurs, laborers and stevedores, and in a variety of other roles.

It also seeks to tell the stories African Americans on the home front.

This is a great starting place to learn about Texas African Americans and their WWI experience.


CLICK HERE to visit the site.

Limited Edition Coin Available
These coins feature the Texas WWI Commemoration logo on one side and a representation of the WWI victory medal on the back.  They are about the size of a silver dollar.  We had a limited number of these coins produced and want to offer them to you while supplies last. 
                         1 to 10  = $5.00 ea.
                        19 to 20 = $4.50 ea.
                               20+ = $4.00 ea.
                     (Shipping not included.)
There are less than 200 of these coins remaining.  They make a great gift for volunteers, sponsors, or supporters.
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February 2018

Calling All Artists:
The 2018 National Veterans Day Poster Contest Is U
nder Way

Each year the Veterans Day National Committee publishes a commemorative Veterans Day poster. The poster is selected from artwork submitted by artists nationwide and is distributed to VA facilities, military installations around the world across cities and town in our nation.  It also serves as the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

2018 marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. The theme for the 2018 Veterans Day Poster is:  “The War to End All Wars.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about this program and contest.

TX WWI Google Drive Resources
Many of the resources mentioned here are available our TX WWI Google Drive.  Here's how you can access the drive, it's FREE.
  • Shared documents site 
  • (Click here for the Google Drive)
  • Google Drive is our common shared site for planning documents, contact lists, and other resources.
  • Anyone can access the contents of the Google Drive account. All you need is a Google account (it’s free; if you use Gmail you already have access to Google Drive).
Junior Master Gardener Program
The Poppy Seed Project

This fall, your kids can honor veterans with the Poppy Fundraiser Project and raise funds to both:

1. Help Build the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.
2. AND raise funds for your school/group garden projects!


Planning a 2018 Centennial Event?
Here's how to identify WWI service members from your city or county.   CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

MobileMural Project

St. Mary's University
Student Filmmaker's Project
Under direction of Professor Teresa Van Hoy

These films are microdocumentaries on a variety of WWI subjects.  Most are 5 minutes in length.

CLICK HERE for WWI Student Videos
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National Goals
Establish State Commemorative Bodies

World War I Memorial Inventory Project

Veterans History Project
Contacts and Outreach Information Available
Our contacts and outreach organizations numbers are over 600.  To make it convenient for you to keep up or reach out to others, we have added a spreadsheet to the website.

Under the ABOUT tab, you will find the RESOURCES area. You will need to log in to use this area.  Registering and logging in are simple.  On the bottom right corner of the home page, you will find links to Log in, Log Out, and Register. Just click REGISTER and follow the instructions.


Communication is a primary part of our mission. We are here to help draw attention to events, exhibits, and historical stories about Texas and Texans in The Great War. Here are some helpful links:

Texas WWI Centennial web site:

Texas WWI Centennial Facebook page:

National WWICC web site:

Email us at if you have information on commemoration events, exhibits or Texas WWI history you would like to highlight on the web site or Facebook page.
Visit the Texas WWICC Website and Forum. 
Click here.
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