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Vancouver Barracks 

World War One 

National Centennial Conference

May 25 - 27, 2018

(Last Updated 25 January 2018)

 

World War I raged through Europe from 1914 to 1918.  The United States was carefully neutral, until April 6, 1917, when it joined Great Britain and the Allied Powers, declaring war against Germany and later its allies, the Central Powers.

United States troops arrived in Europe on June 26, 1917, and entered combat in October.  The first U. S. soldiers died on November 2, 1917.  Fighting continued, until the Armistice was signed the next year, on November 11, 1918.  In that time, the United States military suffered over 300,000 casualties, and the world was changed forever.  This conference commemorates these changes, both overseas and at home, and the accomplishments, and sacrifices of all participants.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone with a general to professional interest in World War I.  We especially recommend this conference to educators, historians and members of organizations that study these periods and/or engaged in planning projects and programs for the war’s centennial.

 

Schedule of Events

Please consider the information in this section of the website as draft.  We are still planning the conference, negotiating for venues, rooms, and speakers, but hope to finalize all arrangements by March 1st.  Some of the events listed on our schedule are free and open to the public, while others are only available to patrons paying to attend the conference.  Please read carefully, to avoid confusion. 

 

Jump to:    Friday        Saturday        Sunday    Registration        How do I Volunteer or Donate?

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 25, 2018

 

 

6 – 8 PM Opening Ceremony and Meet and 

Greet at the Clark County Historical Museum

(Sorry, Conference Attendees Only)

 

The Clark County Historical Museum is a partner of the World War I, National Centennial Conference.  They are opening their doors from 5 - 8 PM, and hosting conference registration, check-in, and meet and greet.  There will be complimentary beverages, and finger food.  This will be a great opportunity to meet conference presenters, and others interested in the history of World War I.  The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St., Vancouver, WA.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 25, 2018

 

 

8 AM - 5 PM World War I interpretive Displays

at Providence Academy (Open to the public)

 

Working with its partners, the Vancouver Barracks Military Association will have displays relating to World War I, both within Clark County, and outside.  The displays will be in the first floor reception room.  This event is open to the public, and will remain at the Providence Academy through Sunday, May 26.  Please see the daily schedules for hours and any special functions.  Providence Academy is located on Evergreen Boulevard, in Vancouver, east of C Street, and West of Interstate 5.
Displays will be provided by the VBMA, the Historic Trust, and other partners.  Our friends, the Edwardian Society of Oregon will be present in historic costume, with interactive displays and activities.

 

 

World War I Song Performance

 

Working with its partners, the Vancouver Barracks Military Association will have displays relating to World War I, both within Clark County, and outside.  The displays will be in the first floor reception room.  This event is open to the public, and will remain at the Providence Academy through Sunday, May 26.  Please see the daily schedules for hours and any special functions.

We plan on offering guided tours of Providence Academy on this day.  We do not have start times yet.  If you are interested, please revisit us for updates.

From 4:15 - 4:45 PM on Saturday, there will be a half-hour musical performance by Cecelia Otto. Cecelia “Cece” Otto has performed all over the country, sharing America's history through song with audiences of all ages. Today she will perform several popular selections from her current program, "The Songs of World War I.”   Creator of An American Songline, she has performed since the age of eight and has an exemplary background in the arts.  She will perform several airs from her album of World War I songs.

 

 

 

 

8:30 AM - 1 PM World War I Military History Talks

The "Artillery Barracks"

(Sorry, Conference Attendees Only)

 

The Artillery Barracks are located at the northwest corner of Hatheway Road and Fort Vancouver Way.

 

8:30 - 9:30 AM       Keynote Speaker, Mitchell Yockelson will speak on World War I

9:30 AM - 1 PM     Military history talks.  Each talk will last 30 minutes, including brief questions and answers.  Some presenters will bring displays with them, other will refer to displays at the Providence Academy.  At this time, we do not have speakers assigned to a particular time.  Please return to this site to look for updates.

1:00 - 2:30 PM       Lunch.  Individual attendees will be free to decide where to eat at Vancouver's many restaurants.

2:30 - 4:00 PM       Guided Tours of the Barracks.  We have not decided upon any tour at this time and would welcome your input.  Please email President@vbma.us or jddavis@rocketmail.com, with your recommendations.  The current choices are:
           Tour of the Spruce Division interpretive walk, and Pearson Air Museum (Paid Attendees Only)
           Tour of the Vancouver Barracks Hospital. (Paid attendees only)
           Historical and architectural tour of Officers Row.  (Paid attendees only.)
           Tour of Providence Academy (Open to the general public)
           Historic displays at Providence Academy (Open to the general public)

4:15 - 4:45 PM    Cece Otto performance (Open to the general public)

5:30 - 8:00 PM   Conference Dinner and Historic Talk (Paid attendees only)

 

 

 

5:30 - 8:00 PM   Conference Dinner and Historic Talk

The George C. Marshall House

(Sorry, Conference Attendees Only)

 

The historic Marshall House is located at 1300 Officer's Row, Vancouver, WA. 
The Conference Dinner is not included in the normal attendance fee, there is a separate charge.

5:30 - 6:00 PM       Social Time

6:00 - 7:00 PM       Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 PM       Talk.  

The dinner talk will be given by Jeff Davis, President of the Vancouver Barracks Military Association.  The title is, Throwing Money at a Problem Sometimes Works: The 1914 United States Relief Commission in Europe.  Description: World War I began in Europe in 1914.  Even though the United States did not enter the Great War until 1917, its government was deeply concerned.  When the war began, tens of thousands of Americans were stranded in Europe, and could not return home.  Two days after the war began, the United States sent a Relief Commission to Europe, with several million dollars in gold coins to help its citizens return home.  In this case, throwing money at a problem worked.  Within five months, most of the American citizens who wanted to, returned to the United States.

 

 

Sunday, May 26, 2018

 

 

 

 

8 AM - Noon World War I interpretive Displays

at Providence Academy (Open to the public)

 

Providence Academy is located on Evergreen Boulevard, in Vancouver, east of C Street, and West of Interstate 5.  

Working with its partners, the Vancouver Barracks Military Association will have displays relating to World War I, both within Clark County, and outside.  The displays will be in the first floor reception room.  This event is open to the public, and will remain at the Providence Academy through Sunday, May 26.  Please see the daily schedules for hours and any special functions.  

 

8:30 AM - 1 PM World War I Military History Talks

The "Artillery Barracks"

(Sorry, Conference Attendees Only)

 

The Artillery Barracks are located at the northwest corner of Hatheway Road and Fort Vancouver Way.

8:30 AM - 1 PM   Military history talks.  Each talk will last 30 minutes, including brief questions and answers.  Some presenters will bring displays with them, other will refer to displays at the Providence Academy.  At this time, we do not have speakers assigned to a particular time.  Please return to this site to look for updates.

1:00 - 1:15 PM     Closing Ceremony

1:15 - 2:30 PM     Lunch   Individual attendees will be free to decide where to eat at Vancouver's many restaurants.

2:30 - 4:00 PM     Walks and Talks    Although the conference officially ends at 1 PM, several people have suggested optional tours and activities.  We have not decided upon any tours at this time and would welcome your input.  Please email President@vbma.us, or jddavis@rocketmail.com with your recommendations.  The current choices are:
          Tour of the Vancouver Barracks Hospital. (Paid attendees only)
          Tour of the Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery (Paid Attendees only)
          Historical and architectural tour of Officers Row.  (Paid attendees only.)

 

 

Conference Registration

At this time, we are not able to accept registration for the conference.  Registration fees are driven by the cost of putting on the conference.  We hope to have all expenses cataloged and registration forms online by March 1, 2018.  Please keep checking back with us.

 

 

How Do I Volunteer or Donate?

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association is a 501 (c) 3, not for profit organization.  As you might guess, we do not have a lot of money.  To keep costs down, we need donations of time, supplies, and money.  As far as people donating time, we will need people to act as ushers, and docents at the various event, such as the displays at the Academy.  We also need people who have experience in planning social events like our conference.  We are looking for sponsors who may donate items like food and beverages.  We also need people who are able to donate cash for the other goods and services we have to pay for, such as printing, space rental, etc.  If you are interested in supporting our conference, or know someone who might be, please contact us at,  President@vbma.us, or jddavis@rocketmail.com.