Yesterday on April 2nd in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before Congress and asked for what many in the chambers believed was inevitable; a declaration of war against Germany. European nations had fought for three bloody years across the continent and now the United States was about to enter the conflict. Even though the country was already supplying Allied powers with war materials, they were now about to commit their own troops. As the WWI centennial approaches on April 6th when war was finally declared, government agencies, commissions, and historical organizations across the country are developing educational programs about the role of the US in WWI. This makes learning about the Great War a great time for researchers and history buffs alike.
If you're passionate learning about the Great War, be sure to post your questions and comments to NARA staff and researchers here on the History Hub. Be sure to check out the Remembering World War 1 group and learn about a new interactive app entitled 'Remembering WWI.' With the app, users can research and utilize an incredible amount of newly digitized WWI materials not only from NARA, but from partner institutions sharing their collections. These innovative approaches to accessing WWI records and connecting with NARA holdings will provide researchers and historians with more readily available information. You can learn more about what kinds of WWI records held by NARA in the Military Records group and if you'd like research assistance, be sure to check out the Researchers Help group as well. You can also post your Research and findings in the Share Your Research group as well.
Be sure to check out these groups to learn about more WWI centennial programs:
WWI Centennial Commission: Home - World War I Centennial
National WWI Museum: National World War I Museum and Memorial
Imperial War Museum: Imperial War Museums
Thank you for using the History Hub and happy researching!