Jonathan Casey is Director of Archives and the Edward Jones Research Center at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. He has been with the Museum and Memorial since April 2001. Casey was integral to the planning, developing and opening the organization’s massive expansion, which featured significantly enhanced exhibition space and a new research center that opened in 2006. He manages the Museum and Memorial’s two-dimensional collection of approximately 100,000 items and the Edward Jones Research Center library of approximately 10,000 titles. Casey has delivered numerous programs at the Museum and Memorial and in other venues across the world. He has traveled to WWI sites in Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina, including visiting the site of the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on the 100th anniversary of the event in 2014. The Virginia native graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in history and from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in Museum Studies. He and his family reside in Kansas City, Mo.
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Soon after World War I ended, Kansas City leaders formed the Liberty Memorial Association (LMA) to create a lasting monument to the men and women who had served in the war. In 1919, the LMA and citizens of Kansas City raised more than $2.5 million in just 10 days. The equivalent of roughly $34 million today, this staggering accomplishment reflected the passion of public sentiment for the Great War that had dramatically changed the world.
In 2004, the Museum and Memorial was designated by Congress as the nation’s official World War I Museum, and construction started on a new 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art museum and the Edward Jones Research Center underneath the Liberty Memorial.