The 314th Infantry AEF Descendants and Friends – “The Descendants and Friends of the 314th are a group of people dedicated to honoring and preserving the story of their fathers and grandfathers in the First World War. Originally organized as the Veterans of the 314th Infantry A.E.F. the veterans have since passed on. The current membership helps to maintain the Log Cabin Memorial at Valley Forge National Park, receives a newsletter, and once a year attends a Memorial Day service at the Washington Memorial Chapel located on the same grounds as the cabin.” Visit the 314th Infantry AEF Descendants and Friends on the web.
The 69th Regiment of New York – The Honorary Regimental Staff of the 69th Regiment of New York, which includes the Regimental Historian, are the custodians of the history and traditions of “The Fighting 69th” which remains today a unit of the US Army National Guard based in New York City. During World War I, the 69th was re-designated as the 165th Infantry and fought with distinction in France as part of the US 42nd “Rainbow” Division. Explore the history of “The Fighting 69th” on the web.
The Center of Military History (CMH) – The US Army’s Center of Military History (CMH) provides ” historical support to the Army Secretariat and Staff, contributing essential background information for decision making, staff actions, command information programs, and public statements by Army officials. Over the decades it also has progressively expanded its role in the vital areas of military history education, the management of the Army’s museum system, and the introduction of automated data-retrieval systems. The Center’s work with Army schools ensures that the study of history is a significant part of the training of officers and noncommissioned officers. It also supports the use of history to foster unit pride and give today’s soldiers an understanding of the Army’s past.” Visit the Center of Military History on the web.
The First Division Museum at Cantigny – Located in Wheaton, IL, the First Division Museum was established to “[c]arry out the intentions of Colonel Robert R. McCormick for Cantigny by preserving, interpreting and presenting to the public the history of the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division in the broader context of American military history in order to promote understanding of American military history and affairs.Invoking Colonel McCormick’s service as a citizen soldier, FDM helps foster communities of citizens educated, informed and engaged in democratic civil-military relations and inspired by the stories of the past to responsible citizenship, leadership and service in the future.” Visit the First Division Museum at Cantigny on the web.
The Fort George G. Meade Museum – “The Fort George G. Meade Museum was established to collect, preserve, study and exhibit historical artifacts pertaining to the history of Fort George G. Meade.” Within its collection is a heavy concentration of World War 1 objects and artifacts including a both a Renault FT 17 tank and a Mark VIII tank, along with trench art, uniforms, documents and photographs related the Doughboys of the American Expeditionary Force. Visit the Fort Meade Museum on the web.
The Golden Age Air Museum – Located in Bethel, PA, “The Golden Age Air Museum was established in 1997; its mission is to entertain visitors and educate them about the early days of aviation, through its special events and daily operations. The museum offers the chance to explore the past, come and learn how the early aviators flew, what they flew and learn the lost art of early aircraft construction.” The museum’s collection includes several flying replica WWI aircraft including a Fokker Dr I Triplane, Rumpler C.V., Sopwith “Pup”, Curtiss JN4 Jenny, and a SPAD XIII currently under construction. Visit the Golden Age Air Museum on the web.
The Great War Aeroplanes Association – An organization made up of First World War aviation enthusiasts with the mission of promoting the building and flying of World War I aeroplanes of all scales and supporting those who are doing so. Visit the Great War Aeroplanes Association on the web.
The League of World War I Aviation Historians – Since 1985, this organization has been dedicated to furthering the study of World War 1 aviation in all its facets. The League publishes a quarterly journal Over the Front, fosters the exploration of WW1 aviation through a student essay competition, and holds national and regional seminars throughout the United States. Visit the League of World War I Aviation Historians on the web.
The MacArthur Memorial – Located in Norfolk, VA, the MacArthur Memorial “is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Situated in downtown Norfolk VA, the Memorial consists of a museum, archives and research center, education center, theatre, welcome center and a gift shop. A visit to the Memorial will allow you to explore the life of one of America’s greatest generals. Admission is FREE.” Visit the MacArthur Memorial on the web.
The Maryland War Memorial Building – Located in Baltimore, MD, the Maryland War Memorial Building is a “‘place of meeting for all veteran, patriotic and civic organizations, a depository for trophies of wars in which our country has engaged, and a tribute to those citizens of Maryland who gave their lives and services to their country in World War I.’ Ground for the structure was broken by French Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch in 1921, and the building was formally dedicated in 1925. The building is open M-F 8AM-4PM. Visit the Maryland War Memorial Building on the web.
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial – Located in Kansas City, MO, “The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial inspires thought, dialogue, and learning to make the experiences of the World War I era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.” In 2004, the museum was designated by Congress as the official United States’ museum of the First World War. Visit the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial on the web.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Located in Philadelphia, PA, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) “is a national leader in fine arts education that brings together artists and the public through exceptional teaching programs, a world-class collection of American art, major exhibitions, and widely accessible public programs.” Beginning in November 2016, PAFA will open a major new exhibition titled “World War I and American Art”. Visit PAFA on the web.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum – Located in Boalsburg, PA, The Pennsylvania Military Museum “honors and preserves Pennsylvania’s military history from 1747 to the present with special emphasis on the 20th century, interpreting for citizens and visitors the story of the Commonwealth’s “Citizen Soldiers”, civilian activities on the home front, and the contributions of Pennsylvania industry to military technology.” Visit the Pennsylvania Military Museum on the web.
The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation – Located in Pall Mall, TN, the motto of this organization is “Legacy in Action” and it is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Sergeant Alvin C. York, the greatest American hero of World War I. A soldier of the US 82nd Infantry Division, on October 8, 1918 York was responsible for the elimination of a strong German machine gun position and the capture of some 132 prisoners during the US First Army’s Meuse-Argonne Offensive. For his role in events that day, York was awarded the Medal Of Honor. Visit the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation on the web.
The Western Front Association East Coast Branch (USA) – The WFA East Coast Branch (USA) is the American Branch of the Western Front Association. Since the early 1990s WFA East Coast has been perpetuating the memory of The First World War through WWI history symposiums, support for WWI museum collections and memorials, and sponsorship of special events and outreach projects. WFA East Coast holds two WWI history symposiums in the Mid-Atlantic area each year in which authors, historians and scholars present on a wide range of topics from The Great War (1914-1918). Visit WFA East Coast on the web.
The Woodrow Wilson House – Located in Washington, DC, The Woodrow Wilson House “is the home to which President and Mrs. Wilson retired from the White House in 1921. President Wilson lived here until his death in 1924, and Mrs. (Edith) Wilson lived in the home until her death in 1961, at which time she bequeathed the home and its furnishings to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The house and gardens were designed by architect Waddy Butler Wood and completed in 1915. In 2013, the Woodrow Wilson House is celebrating its 50th year as a historic site museum.” Visit The Woodrow Wilson House on the web.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum – Located in Staunton, VA, “The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library houses a unique collection of materials by and about Wilson, his life, his times, and his legacy. Opened to the public in November 1990, the Woodrow Wilson Museum is housed in an adaptively-renovated chateau style mansion adjacent to Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace. The Museum galleries guide you through Wilson’s public life, from his Princeton study to his historic Great War peace efforts, and encompassing his service from 1913 to 1921 as the 28th President of the United States.” Visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum on the web.
The World War One Historical Association – The World War One Historical Association (WW1HA) “is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting interest in the period 1914-1918 and perpetuating the memory of all those who served their countries. We work to build awareness of the First World War and its profound and lasting effects through our publications, website, and blog, as well as local chapters, tours of the battlefields, and annual seminars that feature speakers from around the world.” Visit the World War 1 Historical Association on the web.