When: Tue., March 1, 7 p.m. 2016
America stayed out of the first three years of World War I, but its distance from the events over there changed in 1917. British intelligence intercepted a coded telegram sent by German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmerman to Heinrich von Eckardt, Germany's ambassador to Mexico. The cable outlined a plan to induce Mexico to join the war on the German side if America dropped its neutrality. For its trouble, Mexico would receive Texas, New Mexico and Arizona upon Germany's victory. The English turned the message over the Americans. On February 28 the decoded contents were released to the American public; the U.S. entered the war just six weeks later. Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org),Wynn Ward discusses the Zimmerman telegram and other more successful acts of sabotage in the U.S. in the lecture "Espionage during World War 1." Admission is free.
Price: free admission