A Student of History

December 8, 2006

WWI Gets Museum in US

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 4:35 am

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“World War I has been pulled into the 21st century by a just-opened museum here that aims to deliver a highly tactile, thought- provoking experience to visitors. The National World War I Museum, created by one of the world’s premier museum-exhibit designers, occupies space directly below the recently restored and expanded Liberty Memorial. Eleven years in the making, the museum vividly tells the story of the four-year global catastrophe that reshaped the world. “

This is the opening paragraph in a detailed article in the Christian Science Monitor, available here.

“The memorial first took hold soon after the Armistice ended the fighting on Nov. 11, 1918. Back then, the people of Kansas City, in a burst of patriotic ardor, raised $2.5 million for a memorial in just 10 days through public subscription. The original design of the art-deco masterpiece included a small exhibition hall as well as a memorial hall and an observation deck atop the central tower. The memorial was closed in 1994 for a massive restoration and expansion, which, in addition to the new museum space, includes a 20,000-square-foot research center, collection storage space, and other amenities.”

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