National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: August 20, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda Exhibition Speaker Series

Dr. Pearl James to Discuss World War I Posters and Visual Culture

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)… On Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m., the National Archives and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will host Dr. Pearl James for a discussion titled World War I Posters and Visual Culture. James's lecture will be held at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

A free light reception and exhibit viewing will precede this lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Many Nazi leaders came of age and learned firsthand about the importance of propaganda during World War I. This lecture will put Nazi-era propaganda in its historical context by tracing its origins in and its departures from the World War I-era. That earlier war taught lessons in innovation: nations had to reach their citizens through striking visual effects and to appeal to them as consumers as well as citizens. Patterns of communication established in 1914-1918 paved the way for the later propaganda on display in this exhibit.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the Speaker

Pearl James, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Kentucky and director of undergraduate studies. She has been a visiting professor at Shanghai University and Davidson College. She received her doctorate from Yale University and undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley. She is the editor of Picture This: World War I Posters and Visual Culture.

About the State of Deception Exhibit

Featuring rarely seen artifacts, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda draws visitors into a rich multimedia environment vividly illustrating the insidious allure of much of Nazi propaganda. This program is a part of the Wednesday Evening Program Series presented in conjunction with the exhibit State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The free exhibition, presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and hosted by the National Archives at Kansas City is available for viewing, Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. through October 25, 2014. Group tours are available, for more information call 816-268-8013 or email mickey.ebert@nara.gov.

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda is produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, and hosted by the National Archives at Kansas City. State of Deception was underwritten in part by grants from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990 and by Dr. and Mrs. Sol Center. Kansas City Presentation Sponsors include: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; Sosland Foundation; Donna Gould Cohen; Hall Family Foundation; Sprint Foundation; Annette & Sam & Jack Swirnberg Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee; H&R Block Foundation; Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Oppenstein Brothers Foundation; Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, United Missouri Bank, N.A., Trustee; Kansas Humanities Council; Hunt Midwest (in kind). Bus subsidies for schools are provided by the following funds of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City: J-LEAD; Earl J. and Leona K. Tranin Special Fund; and Flo Harris Foundation.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors. Its mission is to teach the history and lessons of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. Located at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, KS, MCHE serves people of all faiths and cultures in Kansas, western Missouri and elsewhere in the Midwest. It serves teachers, students (primarily grades 7 through college) as well as civic and community groups through exhibits, speakers, films, an annual essay contest, teacher education, and a resource library. MCHE honors local survivors and their experiences by recording and communicating their stories to every generation. To learn more, visit www.mchekc.org.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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