Joplin, MO (SNS) – Shannon Kelly, a local World War I collector, has put several items on display in the lobby of the Taylor Performing Arts Center in advance of the Gockel International Symposium on Tuesday, March 31.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “The Centennial of World War I.”

Kelley, who is employed by TAMKO Building Products in logistics, has shared items including a German combat helmet, an American gas mask, barbed wire and wire cutter, a British service cap, British and Italian hats, a decorated shell casing, ammo cans, a bayonet, Canadian mounted equipment, medals and photographs.

The Gockel International Symposium will feature two presentations tied to the war’s 100th anniversary.

Dr. Christopher Capozzola, an associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present “Before the Doughboys: Americans Respond to a World at War” at 9:30 a.m. in Taylor Performing Arts Center. Brian Grubbs, director of the statewide World War I digitization project, “Over There: Missouri and the Great War,” will speak on “Memory & Legacy: Missouri in the Great War” at 11 a.m.

Dr. Steve Wagner, a professor of history at Missouri Southern, will serve as the moderator.

Harry Gockel, a longtime faculty member at Joplin Junior College and Missouri Southern, and his wife, Berniece, left an estate which provides funds for MSSU to hold the annual symposium focusing on international affairs.