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Adopt a New Perspective of WWI During the Color of Memory Exhibit

“Remember Me.” “Souvenir de France.” “Mother Dear.” “Merci!” These and countless other sentiments are expressed in the fabric art that came from World War I. Romantic and patriotic scenes were created on silk and cotton and wool felt. Many of the objects were made in direct response to those loved ones going to war from every country. Others were made for commercial purposes to serve the clamor for souvenirs.

Color of Memory: Fabric Art of WWI explores expressions of remembrance through striking and moving works from the Museum and Memorial’s collection. Regardless of initial purpose, the fabric art became a colorful reminder of how deeply the war affected those at home and away. Among others, needlepoint, silk screen, embroidery, quilting, painting and cross-stitch all served an outlet to artistically express love, fear, loss and memory.

One particularly fascinating object is a quilt featuring 89 autographs from noteworthy figures from across the world at the time of the World War I armistice on Nov. 11, 1918. Among the signatories: former U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, U.S. First Lady Edith Wilson, 41 state governors and Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to hold federal office in the U.S..

The exhibition features incredible objects from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and the United States, including decorative pillow cases, flags, tapestries, banners, maps and much more. You can view this exhibit now through September 2, 2019!

We know you love your home at Waterside Residences on Quivira, the premier apartments in Lenexa, Kansas, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.

Event Time/Date:
Friday, March 1, 2019–10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
National WWI Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

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