Wikipedia:Meetup/Kansas City/U.S. World War I Museum Nov 2014

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Liberty Memorial, beneath which the museum and research center are located

About the event[edit]

The event will focus on editing Wikipedia pages about World War I and dissent—including peace attempts, conscience objectors, neutrality advocates, etc. Current Wikipedia coverage of the war overwhelmingly focuses on the military and successful political positions shaped the history of World War I; this topic allows us to better emphasize how the home front, exploring gaps frequently not highlighted in the historical conversation about the war. With over 8,000 visits a minute, Wikipedia is the most used reference work in the world; yet Wikipedia has ton's of gaps about a number of topics, WWI and Dissent being just one! Lets make sure that Wikipedia doesn't forget multiple perspectives on history!

Of course, anyone interested in editing about World War I topics more generally, or interested in learning about Wikipedia are more than welcome! We plan on training everyone who attends the event to edit Wikipedia, no experience or technical skills required! Only bring a readiness to learn!

The editathon at the WWI Museum in Kansas City is part of a larger international event, for more information about the topic and international event see WP:Meetup/WW1 and Dissent.

How do I prepare?[edit]

  • Sign up for the event in the Attendees section below!
  • Create a Wikipedia account - Special:UserLogin/signup
  • Bring a laptop (Wi-Fi will be provided), if you don't have a laptop then email as we may has a limited number available for the event
  • If you have time, learn about editing if you like: WP:TWA, Wikipedia:Tutorial, or Getting started on Wikipedia for more information
  • Lunch refreshments will be provided!


  • 10:30 AM – Sign in and welcome from across the Atlantic
  • 10:45–11:15 – Editing introduction
  • 11:15–12:00 – Lunch and small presentation on the resources that were pulled for the event, begin topic selection
  • 12:00–2:45 – Work on expanding articles
  • 2:45–3:00 – Presentation of what everyone worked on and what's next!
  • 4:00 PM – Research center closes

International aspects[edit]

This is the Kansas City end of a multisite event Wikipedia:Meetup/WW1_and_Dissent which is also at Library of Birmingham and Senate House Library, London in the UK.


  1. Alex Stinson, a.k.a. User:Sadads


  1. GregoryMGalvin (talk · contribs)
  2. James Juhnke (talk · contribs)
  3. Kcnywdc40 (talk · contribs)
  4. Lora.WWIMuseum (talk · contribs)
  5. Mdupont (talk · contribs), a.k.a. Mdupontmobile (talk · contribs)
  6. Sadads (talk · contribs)
  7. TheGogglette (talk · contribs)
  8. voidxor (talk · contribs)
  9. Wpjrcwwi (talk · contribs)

Participated remotely[edit]

  1. M2545 (talk · contribs)

Couldn't attend?[edit]

Let us know if you would like to be notified with other regional events at Wikipedia:Meetup/Kansas/Invite_list

Articles worked on[edit]

User:James Juhnke[edit]





Target list[edit]

LoB staff uploaded this high-resolution image.
The Senate House Library has a collection of this magazine which was banned during the war and allowed us to photograph it.

New articles[edit]

Articles to work on[edit]

The below list includes a list of different content that could be expand or created during the editathons. References on the item link to scholarship that might be useful in writing or expanding the topic.

General topics[edit]

  • Anti-war movement#World War I – The World War I anti-war movement section is rather weak, could use significant expansion. (More resources in Senate House Library Historic Collections: World War One Era Pamphlets MS1152)
  • Dada – Anti-war implications of the movement could be expanded. Multiple scholars place the Dada Movement within the Anti-War reaction[1][2]
  • International Congress of Women – Could be expanded, currently several meetings of the congress uncovered in the article. Pacifist organization, international peace movement, women activists



  • "You Have No Country" – Important collection of anti-war essays published by socialists, including *Mary Marcy
  • Die Waffen nieder or Lay Down Your Arms! – Could be expanded, as an antiwar novel prominent in German circles before. Moreover, 1914 adaptation as protest of the WWI[3]
  • American antiwar literature


United Kingdom topics[edit]

United States topics[edit]

Where else to look for gaps[edit]

Sources to pull from[edit]


Many of these sources address Dissent in WWI directly and were discovered through a google scholar search of works citing Over Here: The First World War and American Society



Images uploaded[edit]