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World War I network helps history buffs keep track of commemorations

World War I network helps history buffs keep track of commemorations
The Farman MF 11 was used as a light bomber and for reconnaissance early in the war. This plane and others are of the same vintage as those on display in September at the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous in Dayton, Ohio. (National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.)

The World War I Centennial Network is helping history buffs keep track of all activities and events in the United States related to the commemoration of the war's centennial.

The network was founded two years ago by Paul Cora, the curator of Historic Ships in Baltimore. He said he hoped the network and its site would give travelers "any number of ideas about heritage destinations related to World War I."

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It lists upcoming, centennial-related activities on a monthly calendar on its website.

These include an exhibition, on display through Nov. 2, of World War I propaganda posters at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Ill., and, in 2016, an exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine in Arts in Philadelphia that will examine the impact of the war on American art.

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Coming in late September: The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio.  It will feature original and reproduction World War I aircraft, vintage automobiles and period reenactors.

The network will operate through 2019, exploring the Treaty of Versailles and its aftermath.  Although Germany and the Allies signed an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, Germany did not sign the Treaty of Versailles until June 28, 1919, ending its involvement in the war.  It went into effect on Jan. 10, 1920.

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