Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration Weekend
November 10—12, 2018
MOHAI’s Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration Weekend will be the highlight of the region’s recognition of the end of the Great War 100 years ago. Armistice Day programs remember those who served, celebrate the declaration of peace, and reflect on the lessons learned from the “war to end all wars”. MOHAI honors veterans and active duty military with free admission throughout the weekend (Saturday—Monday).
Schedule of Events
Friday, November 9, 2018
Members and friends are invited to this after-hours reception at the museum. Explore the WW1 America exhibit and spend the evening uncovering the extraordinary stories of Americans during a turbulent and pivotal time in our nation’s history. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
This reception is exclusively for our valued members. Not a MOHAI member? Join today
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Moderated by veteran journalist and television personality Enrique Cerna, this panel discussion explores lessons from World War I that shed light on today’s changing geopolitical dynamics.
Join us as we engage in this timely conversation with key thought leaders including Rear Admiral William Center (USN, retired), Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer (USA, retired), Denis Hayes, President and CEO, Bullitt Foundation and Daniel Chirot, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Washington. Former US Ambassador and Washington Governor Gary Locke will participate via video interview.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Armistice Day Ceremony
10:30 am, Boeing Centennial Terrace
Join us for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the Armistice Day centennial with special guests Rear Admiral William Center, MOHAI Board of Trustees President Maureen Frisch, and representatives from the Consulates of Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and others.
The historic Great Seattle Fire bell will ring alongside Bells of Peace across the nation, honoring the sacrifices made at home and abroad to secure a lasting peace. Musical accompaniment and a presentation and posting of colors will be performed by singer Jose Iniguez, a brass quintet, and the Civil Air Patrol Youth Corps.
11:30 am—5 pm, Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the declaration of peace with a day full of music, activities, learning, and special events.
Try your hand at poppy-making while enjoying the sounds of an authentic World War I-era player piano courtesy of the Pacific Can-Am Chapter of AMICA, the Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors’ Association. Learn how the Veterans Conservation Corp is supporting veterans, past and present, and join with thousands around the world as we host the museum’s first Peace Pole.
Presentation by Mike Dedrick, Veterans for Peace
1 pm, Joshua Green Foundation Theater
Mike Dedrick, Board of Directors Vice President of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 92, will be on hand to discuss the history of WWI and US involvement. From the Treaty of Versailles to the US congressional declaration of Armistice Day, learn more about the history of the Great War.
Presentation by historian William Woodward
2 pm, Joshua Green Foundation Theater
Historian William Woodward shares historical insights regarding the Lost Peace–the failure, despite Woodrow Wilson’s grand vision, to create a structure for preventing international rivalries from degenerating into another world war.
ASUW Shell House Cruise
After taking part in MOHAI’s Armistice Day Ceremony and experiencing the WW1 America exhibit, climb aboard an Argosy boat for a free round-trip cruise across beautiful Lake Union! Departing MOHAI at 2:30 pm, the cruise will visit the University of Washington’s historic 100-year-old World War I Navy seaplane hangar, known today as the ASUW Shell House, before returning to the museum through the Montlake Cut. Free limited tickets will be available day-of on a first come, first served basis.
UW Recreation welcomes guests to step inside this soon-to-be-restored 100-year-old Navy seaplane hangar located just behind Husky Stadium, known today as the ASUW Shell House. (After the war, the hangar was home to Washington Rowing and the legendary Boys of ’36.) Inside the hangar, see part of UW Libraries‘ 2017 Special Collections exhibit ‘Washington on the Western Front’, which captures the role Seattle and the University of Washington played in the Great War. Afterwards, catch the free boat back to MOHAI!
Monday, November 12, 2018
Observe Veterans Day at MOHAI and see the WW1 America exhibit. Through original artifacts, images, voices, interactives, and multimedia presentations, WW1 America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans–both legendary and unsung–during this turbulent time in history.