Partners in Commemorating the Great War in Texas
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Someone New at the THC

We are pleased to announce that our friend, Dr. Lila Rakoczy has been hired at the THC to fill the position of Military Sites Program Coordinator.  We look forward to working with her on our WWI programs and projects.  You can email her at: Lila.Rakoczy@THC.TEXAS.GOV
Congratulations Lila!
Lila is also the producer of the the No Mans Land Texas website and traveling exhibit on East Texas African Americans during WWI.  Click the logo below to visit her website for details.
National Goals
Establish State Commemorative Bodies

World War I Memorial Inventory Project

Veterans History Project
Next State-Wide Planning & Coordination Conference in the works for late January 2017. More information out later this month.
Changes Moving Forward
As we move closer to the beginning of the centennial, we are hearing of more and more events and programs being planned.   We feel the best way to serve you all with this newsletter is to provide more frequent announcements.   So moving forward we will use a simpler format with more frequent distribution. 

Whenever we learn of something new, we will pass it along as quickly as possible.  We hope this will better serve the group.

What Are You Doing April 6th?

National held a webinar on planning events for the centennial of the US entry into WWI December 1st.  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 a couple 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 on them, and start planning an event for April 6th. 
Once you have a program or event planned, let us know so we can share it with others.

Texas Christian University Special Event

The Modern Language Studies program and Texas Christian University will be holding a special showing of the movie Joyeux Noel on December 6th.  It's FREE and open to the public.  The film is based on the 1914 Christmas cease fire during WWI.  To download a flyer with details, CLICK HERE.  Or, contact Kathryn Sederberg at:

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, just CLICK HERE

Or, check out the Panhandle-Plains website, CLICK HERE.

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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December 2016

It's Poppy Planting Time
As fall sets in, it is time to plant poppies for the spring.  We encourage everyone to incorporate poppy planing into their centennial commemorations.  We have poppy seeds and poppy pins available at discount prices.  Visit our website or download an order form, CLICK HERE.  Have questions about what groups are doing?  Drop us a note.

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. 
Railroad Ties and Posts Needed
A group of re-enactors are working with the Museum of the American G.I. in College Station to build a WWI trench system.  They would like to complete the project by March 27th of next year.  They need donated railroad ties and posts.  They have transportation available.  If you can help, or know someone who can, please have them contact Michael Ditto at:

Texas Outreach Update

We are now over 600 contacts statewide
  • 212 Separate organizations
  • 533 Individuals, volunteers, subject matter experts, authors, re-enactors and more
  • Diverse range of interests and focus areas
    • 56 State agencies & elected officials
    • 24 Military bases
    • 125 Colleges and Universities
    • 5 school districts/public school programs
    • 25 Veteran and civic organizations
    • 22 Historic and professional organizations
    • 21 Unique subject matter experts
    • 112 Local city/county historical and library programs
Have you 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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Coming This Fall
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.  This new tour will join the other seven tours already available on the mobile application.  The App is available free for both IOS and Android.  Click HERE for more information and a link to download.
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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