The U.S. Enters The Great War:

100 Year Anniversary

April 8, 2017 — 1:00 p. m. to 2:00 p.m.     [Event Over]

Veterans Memorial Park

The North Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration Group will present a commemoration of the U.S. entry into the First World War and how that event affected North Texas.  The event will begin with jazz music of the era presented by the "Jazz Monsters."  Living history soldiers will also be present to give visitors a sense of the time in 1917.  Guest speakers Judge Glen Whitley and Councilman Zim Zimmerman will present their insights of the war and proclamations from the County and City.  All activities will take place at the Veterans Memorial Park on Camp Bowie.  

Parking:

Arlington Heights United Methodist Church has been kind enough to let us use their parking lot during the commemoration. The church is next to the park. Mayor is not attending due to scheduling conflicts.

Imagination 60

May 7, 2017 — 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.     [Event Over]

The Ridglea Room at Ridglea Theater

Imagination Fort Worth is presenting its second annual Imagination 60 Special Event. A riotous variety show of local talent: musicians, singers, dancers, actors, poets, storytellers, comedians, magicians, civic leaders, and unique performers.

May 29, 2017 — 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.     [Event Over]

Greenwood Cemetery

One of the oldest and largest Memorial Day Service’s in the Southwest is at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. Which has hundreds of people gather near the center of the cemetery each year to remember those that have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Greenwood Memorial Park contains a Royal Air Force Plot for Commonwealth airmen, which is marked by a central memorial.

 

Opening Reception

July 9th, 2017 — 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Fort Worth Central Library — Tandy, Gallery & Chappell

Come join us for the official opening of the North Texas WWI Centennial exhibits!  

Film Series: Wings

July 13, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

The story of two young men of differing social classes who learn about friendship, love, and the realities of war as fighter pilots during WWI. “It” girl Clara Bow stars alongside Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen. (1927, 144 minutes)

Program Series:North Texas & WWI: Before, During, After and Today

July 15, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Discusses an over-all timeline of the worldwide and Texas events that took place during the war years of 1914 to 1919 and how the economy, culture and lives of Texans were changed and continuing impact today.

Jim Hodgson, Director, Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Association and Executive Director, Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Program Series: Pre-war & Mexico Texas Border Conflicts

July 22nd, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Subjects discussed: Texas on the Eve of War; Setting the Stage – the Mexican Revolution; The Plan of San Diego; The Columbus Raid, and The Zimmermann Telegram.  These topics will give an overview of how the events along the Texas Mexico border influenced the Texas involvement in the Great War.

Kent Knudson, Commissioner, Tarrant County Historical Commission

Film Series: The Big Parade

July 27, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

An American soldier faces the challenges of friendship and romance while on the front-lines in France during WWI. Silent era heartthrob John Gilbert and Renée Adorée star in this beautifully shot film by King Vidor. (1925, 151 minutes)

PROGRAM SERIES:The Army & Camp Bowie

July 29th, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Highlights the history of Camp Bowie and the immediate and lasting impacts on the City of Fort Worth. Will spotlight areas such as the financial impact of the local economy, Spanish influenza at the Base Hospital, the training of an Infantry Division, and the lasting relationship of the camp and the Arlington Heights neighborhood. 

Tyler Alberts, Executive Director, Military Museum of Fort Worth

Film Series: All Quiet on the Western Front

August 10th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Based on the famed novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German soldier on the front lines becomes disillusioned by war during WWI. (1930, 136 minutes)

Program Series: We Fought Too - Native Americans & African Americans in WWI

August 19th, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

When the US declared war on Germany in 1917, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics Americans and others became Army soldiers training at Camp Bowie and other camps in Texas. How these groups were trained and their stories training for service in the US Army will be told.

Clara Homes and Doug Harman, Commissioners, Tarrant County Historical Commission

Film Series: The Dawn Patrol

August 24th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

During WWI, British flying aces must come to grips with the harsh realities of war. Swashbuckling hero Errol Flynn stars alongside David Niven and Basil Rathbone. (1938, 103 minutes)

Film Series: The Fighting 69th

September 7th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

James Cagney plays Jerry Plunkett, a WWI soldier who cares only for himself and is forced to rethink his ways before it is too late for redemption. (1940, 90 minutes)

Film Series: Sergeant York

September 12th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Academy Award winner Gary Cooper plays Alvin York, a folksy sharpshooter from Tennessee, who becomes a war hero despite his pacifist beliefs. (1941, 134 minutes)

Film Series: For Me & My Gal

September 19th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

A musical starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly about two vaudeville performers who fall in love and are tested by the arrival of WWI. (1942, 104 minutes)

Program Series: Regional Culture during WWI

August 26th, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

During WWI, Americans spent their leisure time seeing movies, going to vaudeville shows, dancing in dance halls to popular music, and reading books. The hometown culture aspect will focus on the popular culture that Americans were consuming during the war years.  This presentation will provide examples of many of these regional cultural themes.

Lynn Spalding, Archivist, Tarrant County Archives

Program Series: Army Air Service & Royal Flying Corps Airfields

September 2nd, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Fort Worth and North Texas began its important role in American aviation during WWI with the establishment of military aviation fields, a depot, and other facilities set the foundation for a new era of technological progress that continues to this day.  This presentation will go into detail of how the airfields were built and operation around the area and the long-term impact of aviation on Texas.

Bill Morris, Director, Fort Worth Aviation Museum and Ben Guttery, Collection Manager, Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Program Series: Women in War Time

September 16th, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

During the period when America was preparing to enter the Great War, women were called upon to assist in the effort. Fort Worth women of all ages participated through measures involving domestic, social, and other skills.

Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic, TCU Department of History

Program Series: Fort Worth’s Marble Honor Roll of 81 Jewish Doughboys

September 17th, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

An honor roll of 81 Jewish doughboys was unveiled Nov. 11, 1920, and embedded in awall of marble at Fort Worth’s Hebrew Institute. The marble montage was 10 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. It was made from 5 tablets. The frieze across the top was inscribed with 2 Jewish stars and 2 American flags. The title reads: TRIBUTE TO OUR BOYS=WORLD WAR=1914-1918. In 1951, the marble montage was broken into 5 slabs and stacked in a storage closet. Rediscovered in 1980, four panels were framed and hung in a garden by the entrance to the Congregation Ahavath Sholom’s new synagogue located at 4050 S. Hulen. The 5th tablet, inscribed with the dedication date and the sponsors, the Ladies Auxiliary to Hebrew Institute, was discarded. Exposed to wind, sun, and rain, the colors on the monument faded until it was white-on-white and only legible up close. Because of the WWI centennial, it is being restored, with the 81 named inked in. Many soldiers’ descendants still live in Fort Worth.

Hollace Weiner, Fort Worth Jewish Archives

Program Series: A World Overview of WWI

September 23rd, 2017 — 1:00 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

WWI was a global phenomenon that had a profound effect on nations from Asia to the Americas and Europe. This conflict had several factors that had brought the world to war. There was not one single reason that each nation, or territory, chose to enter armed conflict. This presentation will examine the world over view of the conflict’s main themes related to global colonialism and imperialism.

Justin Jolly, History Professor, Messenger College

Film Series: Paths of Glory

September 28th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Kirk Douglas stars as a commanding officer who must defend three of his soldiers when they are accused of cowardice and sentenced to death for refusing to attack an enemy position. (1957, 88 minutes)

Film Series: Gallipoli

October 3rd, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Two Australian sprinters learn the horrific realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during WWI. (1981, 110 minutes)

Film Series: War Horse

October 10th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

A young man enlists as a soldier in WWI after he is forced to part ways with his beloved horse. The young man and his horse’s experiences of friendship, tragedy, and the horrors of war are recounted in this story. (2011, 146 minutes)

Film Series: The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle

October 17th, 2017 — 5:30 p.m.

CENTRAL Tandy Lecture Hall

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire pair up for this musical about the lives of the famed dancing duo of the WWI era. (1939, 93 minutes)

Next North Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Event 

November 2018  — February 2019