Partners in Commemorating the Great War in Texas
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Winter Planning Save-The-Date

Mark Friday, February 3rd on your calendar for the next state-wide WWI Centennial planning conference. Look for your invitation by email by mid-January with all the details.
  • The conference will be held in Austin onFriday, February 3, 2017, from 8 am to 4 pm, at the Texas Military Forces Museum located at Camp Mabry on Austin's west side.
  • We are excited to partner with Texas Historical Commission (THC) to co-host this planning conference. Dr. Lila Rakoczy, THC's new Military Historian (and an active WWI Centennial participant prior to her appointment), is graciously managing the invitation/RSVP process and event logistics.
  • The working theme for this planning conference is April 2017 -- commemorating the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war and the start of the Centennial commemoration period. Our goal will be to help you initiate or refine plans for your organization or community to commemorate the role of Texas and Texans at the start of American involvement in the war.  
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What Are You Doing April 6th?

National held a webinar on planning events for the centennial of the US entry into WWI today, January 5th.  Organizations all across the country are planning events, large and small, to commemorate this momentous event. What are you planning to commemorate the official entry of the US into the war? 

The national commission has produced an updated set of documents with suggestions to help you plan your event.  It can be as simple as a flag raising with Taps played to parades, wreath laying, almost anything.

Download the documents below by CLICKING HERE, and start planning an event for April 6th. 
  • The Centennial in YOUR State Guide (v.2.0)
  • The Centennial in YOUR State Appendices
  • The April 6 Proclamation Template (.docx)
  • The Centennial in YOUR State: State Outreach Call PPT
  • The Centennial in YOUR State: State Outreach Call Recording
Once you have a program or event planned, let us know so we can share it with others. 
See Got an Upcoming Event? Above.

WWI in the Texas Panhandle

Michael Grauer from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum sent us an email with a long list of activities and events at the PPHM.  You can download a copy of Michael's note to us,

Or, see the Panhandle-Plains website,

Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Association

For the last couple of months, we have been working on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Texas Historic Commission that will make collaborations with the State of Texas and THC easier and more beneficial to us all.  To do this we needed to establish a legal entity the THC could recognize and make an agreement with.  To facilitate this we established the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration Association.  This is an unincorporated nonprofit association and all of us in the state are welcome and included in this association. No paperwork required

Although this will not allow you to offer tax deductions if you are not recognized by the IRS, it will provide an identity for you to use when asking for funding or other requests.  Simply modify the organization name to suit your area, for instance:  Central Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Association.  It is not a corporation or partnership but is a legal association registered with the State of Texas.  Your organization simply becomes a "chapter" or "branch" of the Texas association.  If you need the ability to offer tax deductions, any 501(c)(3) can act as a fiduciary to handle your finances. If you have questions about this, please contact Jim Hodgson.
We Need You to Grow
Interested in commemorating Texas and Texans in the Great War? We need your help passing the word. Forward this newsletter or share the website or Facebook addresses with others you know. Already made contact with other Texans interested in WWI Centennial Commemoration? Pass on their contact information or ask them to email us
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January 2017

Got an Upcoming Event?
Do you or a group you are working with have an upcoming event you would like to have on the master calendar? 

To get your event included in the Texas WWI Centennial Calendar of Events contact the administrator at:

New Group of WWI Re-enactors Formed
A new WWI Re-enactors group has formed in North Texas to add to all the upcoming WWI activities.  Visit their Facebook Page to see what they are doing. 
Titus County
The Titus County Historical Commission opened it's WWI Commemoration on January 3rd.  For more details, check their Facebook Page for details.
Coming Soon
For the last few months, THC staff and local historians have been searching the state for WWI sites to be included in a mobile tour application.  When completed this spring, the tour will include 60 points of interest around the state, five videos, and five audio guides. 

The App is available free for both IOS and Android.  Click HERE for more information and a link to download.
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 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.
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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. 
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