Arkansas World War I Podcasts

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee’s podcast page features short lectures by authorities on different aspects of the Great War and how it affected the state. The podcasts are being produced in cooperation with the School of Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Special thanks go to David Weekley, Carly Garner and Eric Holsomback of the School of Mass Communication for their assistance.


Commemorating the Great War: Mark Christ of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee discusses the committee’s mandate as Arkansas remembers World War I in 2017 and 2018.

Doing Their Bit for “the Boys”: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women’s History Institute discusses the state’s women who worked faithfully for the troops in Red Cross workrooms or at home.

Building Camp Pike: Building Camp Pike: Dr. Raymond Screws of the Arkansas National Guard Museum discusses the effort to create a massive training facility during World War I.

Making Do in the Kitchen: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women’s History Institute discusses the state’s women as they managed to provide meals for their families despite shortages of meat, wheat, fats, and sugar.

One Soldier's Story: One Soldier’s Story: Tom Wing of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith’s Drennen-Scott Historic Site tells the story of one Van Buren doughboy: Dunham Scott.

Registration-for-Service Campaign: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women’s History Institute discusses efforts by the Woman’s Committee of the Arkansas Council of Defense to register women statewide in order to maintain an inventory of women willing to fill specific jobs.

Camp Pike to Camp Robinson: Camp Pike to Camp Robinson: Dr. Raymond Screws of the Arkansas National Guard Museum follows the evolution of a WWI training ground to today’s Camp Robinson.

The Nursing Shortage: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women’s History Institute discusses Arkansas women’s responses to the need for additional nurses.

From WWI to Elaine: From WWI to Elaine: Little Rock historian Grif Stockley explores the links between the Great War and the 1919 Elaine race riots.

Picron, Arkansas: Picron, Arkansas: Dr. Carl Drexler of the Arkansas Archeological Survey discusses a World War I munitions plant in east Little Rock.

Wartime Jobs for Women: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women’s History Institute discusses the Women in Industry department’s advocacy for women in matters of working conditions and pay.

Competing Doughboys: Mark Christ of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee discusses a controversy in the post-war effort to remember Arkansas’s servicemen.

The Great Pandemic: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women’s History Institute discusses Arkansas women’s contributions during the devastating Spanish Flu Epidemic of late 1918.

John Pruitt: Medal of Honor Winner: Debra Polston of the Museum of American History in Cabot speaks on the heroic actions of dual Medal of Honor recipient John Pruitt.

German Arkansans: Shirley Schuette of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies discusses the changes in perceptions of Arkansans of German descent after World War I began.

Arkansas's Council of Defense: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women's History Institute speaks about the activities of Arkansas women serving on the Council of Defense.

Oscar Miller: Medal of Honor Winner: Debra Polston of the Museum of American History at Cabot discusses the actions that led to Arkansas native Oscar Miller receiving the Medal of Honor.

An Editor's Travails: Shirley Schuette of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies follows the fate of Curtis Ackerman, editor of the Arkansas Staatszeitung.

Indian Musicians: Erin Fehr of the Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR speaks on American Indians who served as both soldiers and musicians in World War I.

Recruiting Teachers: Elizabeth Hill of the Arkansas Women's History Institute discusses efforts to recruit women as teachers during World War I.

Marcellus Chiles: Medal of Honor Winner: Debra Polston of the Museum of American History in Cabot speaks about Marcellus Chiles, one of three WWI Medal of Honor winners with Arkansas roots.

Reverend Poppe: Shirley Schuette of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies discusses the activities of Reverend Adolph Poppe of Little Rock's German Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Hot Spring County WWI Memorial Tree: The people of Hot Spring County dedicated their WWI Memorial Tree at the Hot Spring County Courthouse in Malvern on November 6, 2017.

Draft Resistance: Dr. Blake Perkins of Williams Baptist College speaks about draft resistance in Arkansas during World War I

Raynal Cawthorn Bolling: Mark K. Christ of the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee speaks on a Hot Springs native who played a key role in creating America's WWI air force.

Building for War: David Sesser of Henderson State University speaks on building an infrastructure in Arkansas to prepare for WWI.

Burying the Bloody Shirt: State Forester Joe Fox speaks about his WWI doughboy grandfather William Spencer Fox and his connections to the Civil War.

Fighting Foresters: Don C. Bragg of the USDA Forest Service speaks on the fighting foresters of the 20th Engineers.

Newton County Draft War: Blake Perkins of Williams Baptist College speaks on armed resistance to the WWI draft in Newton County.

Reed Gresham Landis: Mark K. Christ of the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee speaks on a WWI flying ace who ended his days in Arkansas.