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TEXAS WWI CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION
2018 ACTION PLAN

 

1918 was the most significant year of the Great War for the U.S.  Texans, and Texas-based military organizations were engaged in actions against the enemy. Thousands of soldiers were training at bases around Texas. The home-front was fully mobilized. The War to End All Wars came to an end on Armistice Day – November 11, 1918 – and ultimately became Veteran’s Day as we know it today.  Here’s the three-point action plan for the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration in 2018;

  • Commemorate in 2018. Our goal is to encourage, assist, endorse, and publicize Texas WWI Commemoration activities of all types. We believe that no action is too small – from exhibits to decorating veteran graves; from parades to planting poppies. The State of Texas has not identified or funded a singular, unified, State-wide WWI Centennial event. Centennial commemorations will be local and based on the inspiration and initiative of local leaders, organizations, and communities. 

  • Renewed outreach. Heightened media attention about the WWI Centennial means more public awareness. We want to reach new partners who can be catalysts for centennial activities in their communities. We will offer a 2018 Planning and Coordination Conference in early March (tentatively, March 2nd) to help new organizers and continue to offer ideas for enhancing existing centennial events. To reach new participants, we will need your help. We’re asking in advance that you reach out to new attendees -- either personally or by forwarding our TXWWICC communications to them. You know the people who are influencers and action-takers, we don’t. 

  • Remember our grass-roots spirit. Our initial mission to communicate, coordinate, and commemorate remains unchanged. We are focused on acting as advisors and as a central information resource for those motivated to develop WWI Centennial commemorations. We have “off-the-shelf” commemoration ideas that can be put into action by virtually any community or organization. We maintain planning and teaching resources on our website, a common calendar of events, and use social media channels to publicize Texas WWI Centennial events. 

Texans have never waited for others to take action. We own the Centennial and will press hard commemorate the role of Texas and Texans in the Great War until the conclusion of the Centennial in summer June 2019. Many of you engaged with the WWI Centennial Commemoration in 2017 – thank you for your leadership in your regions and areas of expertise. We welcome your comments at WWICC.TX@gmail.com.

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 TeachingTexas.org, 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.
 
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

CALENDAR OF TEXAS WWI EVENTS

North Texas in WWI Mobile App available FREE.
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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.

     
 

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

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.
 

January 2018

Planning Conference
March 2, 2018

We are making arrangements for one final planning conference before the fall centennial activities.  Potential discussion topics could:

  • People, Place, Poppies – finalizing WWI commemoration for your community or group

  • Real WWI Texans; finding key figures to highlight during the Centennial

  • Veterans Groups and  Community outreach during the Centennial

  • 100 Years / 100 Schools 2018

  • THC projects for 2018 (book project, support materials available, etc.)
  • The Centennial Commemoration in 2019; returning veteran issues, Spanish Flu, America on the world stage
  • WWICC status (Commissioners MG Valenzuela or Penny Korth)
  • Archiving your findings and research
  • Finding and marking veteran's graves
We are considering holding the conference in either Austin or College Station.  Please vote for your preferred location by clicking on the city of your choice below.  If you have suggestions for other topics, please click the SUGGESTIONS link below to send us an email.

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!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Planning a 2018 Centennial Event?
Here's how to identify WWI service members from your city or county.   CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Texas 1917 Timeline Available
 
Looking for important dates in Texas WWI history?  We have it for you on our website. 
                                
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 wwicc.tx@gmail.org.
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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.

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COMMUNICATION

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 wwicc.tx@gmail.com 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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