Machine gun Collector donates 1,700 items to World War I museum
As Kansas City's Liberty Memorial has gained fame with its WWI museum, the flow of donated artifacts has also increased. But officials are still recovering from the immensity of a gift from the widow of a lifelong collector Carl H. Hauber. A semi-trailer truck brought in the 1,700 items, most of them related to the machine guns of that era. "It was like getting a whole other museum. Hauber collected like a curator. He was collecting the world of the machine gun. Not just the object but the context," explained Eli Paul, of museum programs at Liberty Memorial. It will take months, maybe years, to fully absorb the material.
National World War I Museum finds success
The National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, continues to record higher than expected attendance. A business plan 4 years ago projected 143,000 paying visitors the first year and 130,000 visitors each year after that. But the museum pulled in 196,000 paying visitors in its first 13 months and is set to end 2008 at 147,000. The museum ends 2008 with $925,000 in ticket sales. High operating costs and a reduction in city funding would have caused the museum to lose money, but fortunately the Kauffman Legacy Fund gave an unsolicited $1 million grant.
Model of sunken German U-boat comes to National World War I Museum
If you stood the German WWI U-boat upright it would be taller than the tower of the Liberty Memorial. So it is unlikely that the National World War I Museum will ever acquire, much less display, a U-boat of that size. But the museum uncovered the next best thing: an exact metal model of a U-boat that sank 8 Allied ships before stopped by depth charges in the final months of the Great War. The detailed model, 53 inches long, was made in 1916 by the same manufacturer that built the real thing in the same shipyard in Bremen. "That puts it into a class by itself. I can't imagine it could be more accurate," said Museum Director Eli Paul.
Museum honors WWI hero with action miniature figure - With Enfield rifle and a helmet (Article no longer available from the original source)
An 11 1/2 -inch-tall action figure of First World War hero Alvin C. York, custom-made for the Liberty Memorial, is available in the museum store and online at www.libertymemorialmuseum.org. The action figure has a miniature Enfield rifle, a pistol and a helmet modeled after items in the National World War I Museum's collection. Numbered, limited-edition figures for collectors are $40, non-numbered ones are $30.
Renault FT17 tank at WWI Museum: Still has original camouflage paint
A rare French-made battle tank will go on display at the U.S. National World War I Museum on May 3. The Renault FT17 tank, still with its original camouflage paint, carried a 2-man crew. It was the first tank with a fully rotating turret. "During the fighting in the fall 1918, a German 77mm artillery shell struck the tank in its left rear and put it out of service." Shell fragments and shrapnel balls from the shell were found inside the tank. The shrapnel will be on exhibit with the tank.
National World War I museum finally acquires tank: Renault FT-17 (Article no longer available from the original source)
They must have looked like monsters lumbering through the smoky no man`s land. The armored tank was a key innovation of WWI, enabling Allied armies to escape the trenches and move their guns toward the enemy. But a tank has always been a glaring omission from the Liberty Memorial`s otherwise comprehensive collection of WWI artifacts, until now. Officials struck an agreement with a collector to purchase a French-made Renault FT-17 that saw battle on the Western Front in 1918. Not only did it see battle, but it was put out of commission by German artillery - It has a huge hole in its left side.
National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial Welcomes 100,000 Visitor
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial welcomed its 100,000 visitor since the opening on Dec 2, 2006. The Reine family members were the lucky visitors. Clint and Alica Reine, and their two daughters came to the Museum on June 22. They received a free 1 year family membership to The National WWI Museum as well as 4 Museum souvenir t-shirts. They also received the book "Lest the Ages Forget: Kansas City 's Liberty Memorial" by Derek Donovan. Museum Director Eli Paul: "the Museum has exceeded our original projections for attendance. We are thrilled not only with the number of visitors, but also the overwhelming positive comments."
World War 1 memorial mystery unravelled
The mystery surrounding a World War 1 memorial found dumped at a council depot on Tyneside has been solved. Workmen discovered the marble and granite tablet, but local historians could not identify where it had originally stood. Following an appeal, a retired head teacher recognised one of the names on the stone as that of his great uncle. He identified the memorial as originally from the former Park Terrace Presbyterian Church in Bensham.
High-tech home for an old war -- World War I artifacts on show
First World War has been pulled into the 21st century by a museum that aims to deliver a highly tactile, thought-provoking experience. The National World War I Museum occupies space below the restored Liberty Memorial. 11 years in the making, the museum vividly tells the story of the 4-year global catastrophe that reshaped the world. Visitors expecting a dusty-helmet displays are in for a surprise. Using the latest in museology, the latest technology, plus a vast collection of WW1 artifacts and a large measure of showmanship - the museum offers the sights and sounds of the first "modern" war.
WWI Museum Opens with Artifacts, Interactive Technology
Dec. 2, 2006, the National World War One Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City will open to the public as the first American, and only national, museum dedicated to preserving the artifacts and history of what was deemed "the war to end all wars." The National World War I Museum will provide an unparalleled experience. Beginning with a surreal walk across a glass-floored bridge, beneath which lie 9,000 poppies, each representing 1,000 fallen military fatalities, visitors will pass into a vast interactive museum experience designed to elicit an emotional and intellectual response.
National World War I Museum with 49,000 artifacts
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial will open to the public in December and reveal its collection of more than 49,000 artifacts. One highlight is the dramatic Horizon Theater, which will show America on the threshold of war, and will give visitors an chance to experience what that meant at the time. This presentation is integrated with the Field Tableau, a full-scale depiction of "No Man's Land" and what Americans going to war were to face.