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Saturday, June 28, 2008

The War to end all wars

Magnet #127 - National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

So this is kinda freaky.

This day in history, in:

1914 - Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated, setting off World War I.

1919 - The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I.

I guess it's also kinda neat, though.

My sister brought this one back for me from Kansas City, MO. It's from the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial. From the looks of it, a supercool interactive/experiential museum - especially if it was designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, who have designed some of my favorite museums.

Have ya'll ever noticed how sometimes our general appreciation of history feels kinda trendy? Like a few years ago it was all things WWII. Years before that, it was all things Vietnam. And, now, it feels like it's all things American Revolution. Funny how it feels a little driven by Hollywood.

Still, I suppose one shouldn't complain, after all, any attention paid to history is probably a good thing, what with the doomed repeating and all.
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G said...

Has World War I ever been trendy, in or out of Hollywood? Google says that WWI movies include Gallipoli (with Mel Gibson), Lawrence of Arabia, and All Quiet on the Western Front (back in 1920), but I don't think any of those count as being part of a trend.

joy said...

Yeah, I don't think WWI has ever been trendy. For being the Great War, it's certainly under-represented. I dunno why that is, exactly.

For my own part, it's one of those wars I know very little of. Of course, that's probably because I've seen only Lawrence of Arabia, and I couldn't get through Gallipoli. (And All Quiet's been on my Netflix queue for nigh on two years.)