If you visit Kansas City, there is a must visit site: National WWI Museum and Memorial. Started in 1920 with the name of Liberty Memorial Museum, this WWI museum is one of the largest Great War collections in the world and one of the top 5 museums in the country-more than 330,000 items strong.
At the entry of the museum, below the Paul Sunderland Bridge is a field of 9000 poppies , each symboling the death of 1000 combatants from WWI (9 million total). Lt. Col. John McCrae, who served as a surgeon at field hospital at Belgium, wrote the famous poem in WWI “In Flanders Fields”.
There are two short documentary movies: one introduces the background and causing reasons of WWI, another explains how and why the United States became involved. These movies are very informative and novel.
I was very interested in the history of how USA declared the War in WWI. Besides the documentary movie, the museum also has a wall posters about it. The posters are simple,clear and informative. I have learned the important historical events such as “Sink on sight”: (Germany’s sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 1,200 passengers, including 128 Americans); The Zimmerman telegram” (A secret message, which was intercepted by British intelligence, from German foreign minister Zimmermann to propose to ally with Mexico against the United States).
There are many famous art work during WWI exhibited in the museum.
Women’s massive participation in the WWI also led to a wave of women right. “French Fashion, Women, and the First World War”exhibits this period of history.