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National World War I Museum observes centennial

Opinion column

by Murrel Bland

The United States is observing its centennial of the country being involved in World War I. And that has boosted attendance at The National Museum and Memorial just south of Union Station in Kansas City, Mo.

That was the message that Jonathan Casey delivered to about 35 persons who attended the quarterly meeting of the Wyandotte County Historical Society Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, at the George Meyn Community Center in Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs. Casey is director of archives and the Edward Jones Research Center at the National Museum.

The museum tells the whole story of the war that covered a period from 1914 until 2019. The United State got involved in 1917. Fighting stopped on Nov. 11, 1918. That date used to be called “Armistice Day.” The holiday is now called “Veterans’ Day.”

The peace treaty was signed in 1919. About 9 million persons died.

Casey said ground was broken for the museum site in 1921; a crowd estimated at 100,000 showed up. Calvin Coolidge, who was vice president, was among the dignitaries who attended. Also present were five Allied military commanders; they were Lieutenant General Baron Jaques of Belgium, General Armando Diaz of Italy, Admiral Earl Beatty of Great Britain, Marshall Ferdinand Foch of France and General John J. Pershing of United States. This was the only time that these five were together.

The museum was dedicated in 1926. Calvin Coolidge, who was president then, attended with another large crowd. Harry Truman, who was an artillery officer during the war, was also there.

Casey said that the archives at the museum has many artifacts and records including letters written to and from soldiers. Among the correspondence is that to and from Warren Shaw of Bonner Springs who was a member of an army band unit. He played the violin and clarinet. He was killed in October of 1918 and was buried in France.

The most visible part of the museum is the 217-foot tower. Visitors are allowed to travel to the top of this structure and enjoy an excellent view of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.

The museum has a staff of about 40 fulltime and part-time workers. About 200 volunteers help out.

According to its 2016 tax form filed with the IRS, the museum had total revenue of $9,973,623; its total expenses were $5,596,712. It attendance for 2016 was 309,288.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, telephone 816-888-8100 or see the web site

Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte west and The Piper Press.


Leftover medications to be collected today

Today is National Drug Take-Back Day, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office.

Locations around the nation will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

The dropoff site list for Wyandotte County includes one location, the Bonner Springs Price Chopper, 501 Commercial Drive, Bonner Springs, sponsored by the Bonner Springs Police Department.

The intent of the event is to dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse, according to the news release from the attorney general’s office.

Since the program began in 2010, more than 58 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone, the attorney general’s office stated. The disposal program kept the unused medications out of the hands of kids and away from pets, and also helped prevent damage to the environment, according to the attorney general’s office.

For other locations outside of Wyandotte County that are participating in the drug take-back program, visit:


Saturday events

In the event of inclement weather, please call the sponsoring organization first to see if the event will still be held.

Boo Bash to be Oct. 28 at Bonner Springs Library
The 5th annual Boo Bash is planned Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs. The event, for all ages, is from noon to 2 p.m. A disc jockey will play “terrifying” tunes, scary stories will be told by the fireplace, pumpkin decorating, games and candy, are part of the events. Those attending may wear costumes. Signup is not needed. For more information, visit

Trunk or treat today at Wyandotte County Fairgrounds
There will be a Halloween trunk-or-treat from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kansas. The cost of the event will be $5. For more information, call 913-788-7898.

Rosedale plans Healthy Halloween event
A Healthy Halloween event is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Whitmore playground, 1412 Southwest Blvd., according to the Rosedale Development Association. There will be healthy snacks and family activities, including a costume closet and photo booth, a Halloween bounce house, ghost races, pumpkin painting, and a popcorn machine. Those attending may bring costumes.

Halloween party planned at Turner library
The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library has Halloween parties at the different branches. The Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library at 625 Minnesota Ave., had a party this past Wednesday; the South and West branches, this past Thursday, and the Turner Community Library at 831 S. 55th, has a Halloween event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. There will be a craft, game and treats at the Turner event, and youth may wear Halloween costumes. For more information, visit and click on “Events.”

Halloween party to be Saturday evening at Eisenhower Recreation Center
A Halloween party for area children will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd. The event is sponsored by the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department, Leavenworth Road Association and Multiply Church. Activities, games, treats and trick-or-treating at tables will take place. There will be treats and hot dogs. The event is free. For more information, call the Leavenworth Road Association office, 913-788-3988 or email

‘Storytelling around the Campfire’ on Oct. 28 at Grinter Place
“Storytelling around the Campfire” is planned at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the historic Grinter House, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas. It is a free event. Those attending may roast and eat hot dogs, s’mores and drink hot chocolate or Kool-Aid and enjoy a historical re-enactment of Dr. James Naismith, the man who invented basketball and the first basketball coach of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Bill Nicks, curator of Grinter House, will present his first-person re-enactment of Naismith and offer the stories about the history of basketball.

Dinner and dance planned Oct. 28
An Oktoberfest dance is planned from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church basement, 615 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets are $20 and include dinner, drinks and dancing to the Willie Kirst Band. The event’s sponsor is the German-American Edelweiss Society.

Dracula comedy continues at Alcott
“Dracula, the Final Countdown,” a comedy by Geoff Bamber, continues at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St. Kansas City, Kansas. The retelling of the old Dracula story will include twists that give a different turn to the story. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for students. Reservations are available by phone or email at 913-233-2787 or Tickets are available at the door only (call to make sure seats are still available and to reserve a ticket). Alcott does not accept credit or debit cards. The art galleries at the Alcott Center also will be open. The building is not ADA accessible. For more information, see or

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