National World War I Museum Announces Collaboration With Fold3 to Preserve and Share Legacies of World War I Veterans

The following announcement was written by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and by Fold3:

PROVO, UT and KANSAS CITY, MO–(Marketwired – August 06, 2014) – The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial today announced a collaboration with Fold3, the U.S. military record website in the Ancestry.com family of brands, that will give the public the ability to create and share memorial pages for American ancestors who served during World War I.

“Fold3 is proud to be working with the National World War I Museum to create a place where families can share the stories of their ancestors and connect with other family members to honor the service of our nation’s heroes,” said Brian Hansen, VP of Emerging Businesses, Ancestry.com. “We hope that families across the nation will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to remember those who served in a war that shaped the world we live in today.”

With July 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war that led to World War I, Fold3 and the National World War I Museum collaborated on the online program to give families the opportunity to share memories, photos and stories from their ancestors who served in the Great War. The museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world, and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of the war. As part of the collaboration, Fold3 brought online historical images from the museum, which included period portraits of specific soldiers, and created Honor Pages for each on the Fold3 website.

“The National World War I Museum has a bold goal of educating 1,000,000 students about the Great War and its enduring impact during the course of the Centennial,” said National World War I Museum President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor. “Through this relationship with Fold3, we’ll be able to engage people across the world and encourage them to help us create a comprehensive collection of photos, stories and memories of those who bravely served our country during the Great War.”

To discover and share your ancestors World War I legacy visit http://go.fold3.com/wwi-museum/.

About Fold3
Fold3 offers the web’s premier collection of original military records, gathering the best U.S. military records, photos and stories to help customers discover and share the stories of those who served. With more than 400 million historical records already online and more being added every day, Fold3 brings the details of America’s military service to life. For more information about Fold3, visit www.fold3.com.

About the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes in the world today. The National World War I Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.

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The National World War I museum is an amazing place. It has one of the best photographic collections anywhere. While I didn’t have time to access the archives while I was there, the museum itself is riveting and provides an informative and interactive experience for all ages. My visit was a very personal and moving experience.

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Thank you for this information since I’m working with WWI soldiers in Mercer Co. Illinois and was looking for a way to share what I have been learning. Kathleen Coe

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David Paul Davenport August 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

With the centennial of American-entry into WWI not far off it is time for everyone to gear up to recognize the young men and women in every community who enlisted or were drafted, and to examine the contents of trunks in the attic that may contain uniforms, gas masks, letters, and other items associated with the Great War.

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