World War I Centennial Seeks Information to Honor Upcoming Anniversary

On April 6, 2017, Americans will observe the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. In observance of the upcoming centennial, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) is collaborating with the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration to honor the role of Texas and Texans in the Great War.

The THC is asking for the public’s help in identifying visitor-accessible sites where World War I is interpreted or preserved in Texas. County Historical Commissions and like-minded preservationists can help create an inventory of locations housing World War I-related exhibits, archives, trophy artillery, memorials, markers, and monuments. The information gathered by this request will benefit heritage tourists, historians, and students actively conducting research during the centennial.

The THC’s Military Sites Program will collect information related to this request, and new Military Sites Program Coordinator, Dr. Lila Rakoczy, will spearhead this program. Rakoczy is a multi-disciplinary scholar specializing in military history.

Please email information to TXinWWISurvey@thc.texas.gov, noting what is in your community. If possible, include a photo, street address, or GPS waypoint for the location of the resource. You can also mail information to: Texas Historical Commission, Military Sites Program, P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276. Please note, the agency is not requesting information on personal items held in family or private collections.

The THC’s Texas First World War Centennial Commemoration will observe a period from April 6, 2017 (date of the U.S. Declaration of War on Germany) through June 28, 2019 (signing of the Treaty of Versailles). Additional projects for the commemoration will include a new dedicated page on the agency’s website, a mobile app tour for travelers to use as they explore sites throughout the state, and a WWI-themed brochure. For more information, please contact the THC's History Programs Division at 512-463-5853.