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Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015

THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM

"Don't You Know There's A War On?": The American Home Front in WWII

The Home Front program begins with a brief background describing how the U.S. entered the war. Students ask questions and learn about the challenges of the Home Front: making all the materials we need to win, dealing with food shortages, and keeping America optimistic and “war-minded.” Through photos, posters, editorial cartoons, songs, and speeches, students learn about the triumphs and mistakes that were made at home during the war.

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A Day of Infamy: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

In the war that changed the world it was the day that changed the war—a “Day of Infamy.” That day brought the United States into WWII, adding the strength and determination of the American people to the Allied arsenal as it struggled to defeat the Axis. Students explore Japanese and American motivations and actions through maps, primary sources, and role playing.

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Continuing the Warrior Tradition: American Indians in WWII

In addition to the most famous group of American Indians,the Navajo Code Talkers, uncover surprising and lesser-known stories of these warriors in uniform. Hear segments from the Museum’s oral history collection, including Medal of Honor recipient Van Barfoot,and the last surviving Crow war chief Joe Medicine Crow, who earned the distinction by counting coup on the Germans. With a focus on language and symbols, explore how the Code Talkers used their once-suppressed languages to successfully transmit code on the battlefront, attempt to crack the “unbreakable” Navajo code, and discuss why native language and terminology are still relevant today.

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D-Day: The Turning Point of the War in Europe

What a difference a day makes! Learn about the challenges of planning and executing the largest amphibious landing in history, D-Day. Make key decisions about where and when Operation Overlord should be launched and see if your strategy aligns with the plans SHAEF created over 70 years ago. Examine artifacts and listen to selections from the Museum’s oral history collection to discover what it was like to set foot on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

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Double Victory: African Americans in WWII

The National WWII Museum explores with your students the African American struggle against totalitarianism abroad and racism at home. Students meet Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller, the Montford Point Marines, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the seven African American Medal of Honor recipients. They learn about the struggle for racial equality in war factories and in the barracks and trace the historic path from segregation to integration in the military. An analysis of WWII-era African American poetry will get students thinking about issues of race, equality, and how we remember and teach history.

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I AM an American! Japanese Internment in WWII

Explore the story of Eva Hashiguchi, who spent her high-school days as an internee in Jerome, Arkansas. Through her account, witness how wartime hysteria and racial prejudice led to one of the darkest chapters of American history. Examine the country’s actions to apologize for the injustices committed against Japanese Americans. Hear about the struggles and tremendous accomplishments of the Purple Heart Battalion.

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It's OUR War, Too! American Women in WWII

When Americans were called to action, women "did their part" despite stereotyping and discrimination. The war spurred many women to enter the workforce for the first time, all while managing a household alone and upholding wartime duties. Women answered the call of Uncle Sam and enlisted in military auxiliary groups, fulfilling critical roles stateside and abroad. Hear accounts from real Rosie the Riveters and women near the battle fronts. Visit the Hollywood Stage Door Canteen and discover how starlets, singers, and celebrities lifted the spirits of our troops. Learn about the lasting legacy of women's contribution to the war effort.

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Iwo Jima and the War in the Pacific

The National WWII Museum takes your students on a virtual tour of the Museum's Pacific exhibit, concentrating on artifacts, oral histories, and maps. The island-hopping campaign leads them to Iwo Jima, where they learn about the campaign and explore one soldier's background and experiences.

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The Holocaust: One Teen's Story of Persecution and Survival

Hear personal testimony from Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank and survivor of Auschwitz. Through video recorded selections of Eva's story from the Museum's oral history collection, students will encounter the physical and emotional ordeal of going into hiding, being captured by the SS and sent to the largest concentration camp in the Third Reich. Students will understand the necessity of exploring this topic even as we approach 70 years after the war's end.

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The War That Changed Your World: Science and Technology of WWII

Today’s televisions, computers, and cell phones can all trace their origins to technological advancements realized during WWII. Other facets of our modern lives owe a debt to WWII, too: modern building materials, ways of teaching and learning, even the way your supermarket stocks its shelves. Students explore a top ten list of WWII science and technology and brainstorm design solutions to various WWII challenges.

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