The National Archives and Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will host Dr. Pearl James for a lecture titled World War I Posters and Visual Culture on Sept. 3. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. and held at the National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City.

A free light reception and exhibit viewing will precede the from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives, 400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City.

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