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Chicagoan, 25, wins WWI memorial design competition

Date: February 04, 2016

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - He's not even a fully-licensed architect yet, but already Joe Weishaar has been tasked with the job of a lifetime. The Evanston resident won an international competition to design the first national memorial in honor of WWI!

New Advisors Join WWICC - Press Conference 5/18/16

Date: May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC -- New senior advisors for the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission were announced this week, in a media event at the National Press Club. These advisors included both Special Advisors and Diplomatic Advisors.

The announcement was introduced by the Commission's first Special Advisor, former Cabinet Secretary General Barry McCaffrey, who set the war in historical context. "There may never have been a more tragic, devastating conflict in the history of mankind, which was unnecessary, and with such huge consequences that they continue to this day".

Read more: New Advisors Join WWICC - Press Conference 5/18/16

Inaugural public meeting of US WW1 CC Upper Midwest Region

Date: September 16, 2015

The inaugural public meeting of the World War One Centennial Commission Upper Midwest Region was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the founding sponsor of the WWICC. WEDNESDAY SEPT. 16, 2015 | 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. PMML LECTURE HALL *The meeting is free and open to the public. The ticket price covers the cost of a boxed lunch for this meeting. At this gathering of dedicated state partners and volunteers, the Commission will provide an overview of the staff support options for state representatives, along with a status of the WWI Design competition and updates from the Commission’s leadership. The Upper Midwest Region consists of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Joining the state volunteer representatives at the meeting are the Commission’s leadership, President, Dan Dayton, Executive Director , and Rebekah Wilson, Director of Operations and representatives from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

Winners of WWI Memorial Design Contest On the NPC Newsmaker show

March 2, 2016

Washington DC –
Architect Joe Weishaar and Sculptor Sabin Howard, the design team selected to create the new World War I Memorial in Washington D.C., discussed their work, the design competition, and their vision for the memorial at the National Press Club. Immediately following the news conference, Weishaar and Howard lead a walking tour of the site, one block from the National Press Club.

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Defense News - Edwin Fountain Interview

Date: November 08, 2015

NEWS - Washington DC
Edwin Fountain is interviewed by Vago Muradian on Defense News. They discuss the reasons to commemorate the centennial of of World War 1, the US National WW1 Memorial project and its implementation.

Modern Masters: Sabin Howard, Sculptor (Profiles a Member of the Design Competition Winning Team)

Published on Mar 11, 2016

Sabin Howard is part of the concept winning team for the the US World War I Memorial at Pershing Park. Dropping out of college allowed a young man to mold himself into one of the great artists of his generation. Sabin Howard shares how his love of history inspired him to become a sculptor.

C-SPAN | American History TV - Architect Joe Weishaar and Sculptor Sabin Howard

Recorded on February 24, 2016

Produced by C-Span | American History TV, this interview features the World War I Memorial Winning Design. The design team of the national World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. talked about the ideas and symbolism behind the winning entry. The memorial commemorates the centennial of World War I and the nearly five million Americans who served. Joe Weishaar, a 25-year-old architect-in-training, was named a finalist in an international competition to design the memorial. To fully realize his vision, he invited veteran classical sculptor Sabin Howard to join him. Their partnership produced the winning entry, called “The Weight of Sacrifice.”

This and other American History episodes can be found at : http://www.c-span.org/history


WW1CC Chair Robert Dalessandro, speaks at the Pentagon


Date: June 13, 2016

WW1CC Chair Robert Dalessandro, was asked to speak at the Pentagon for the Office of the Assistance Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs (OASD M&RA) Brown Bag Series. His presentation was on World War I, it's impact, the Commission, and the new national-level World War I Memorial at Pershing Park. It was a great event, with enthusiastic audience. As part of the presentation, WW1CC partner Stephany Neal also talked about the 369th Experience, which is a historical/cultural project that pays tribute to the famous Harlem Hellfighters Regimental Jazz Band.

President Barack Obama: America's Entry into WWI

Date: July 9, 2016

At a press conference in Warsaw, President Barack Obama notes America’s unwavering commitment to our European Allies goes back to WWI.

World War I - One Century Later - Historian Panel

Date: July 27, 2014

Streamed live on July 27, 2014 | 11:00am cdt from The National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

MODERATOR: Ms. Barbara Pinto, journalist and Network News Correspondent, moderates as a panel of experts provide insight to the relevant stories of the Great War and the enduring influence of World War One on the culture, technological advancement and global conflicts of today.



  • Dr. Mitch Yockelson Archivist, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Dr. Graydon Tunstall Senior Lecturer of History at the University of South Florida
  • Dr. Chad Williams Associate Professor and Chair of the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis University



~ Dr. Graydon Tunstall

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