Education Announcements

The Victory Gardens of WWII

Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!

The Science and Technology of WWII

Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world.

Operation Footlocker

Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder over the origins and uses of these intriguing pieces of WWII history.

Information for the 2011 Student Art Contest will be published January 3, 2011.
Please check back then for updates.

Click here to view the 2010 Student Art Contest winners and Honorable Mentions. 


The National WWII Museum wants to see…

How are books powerful?

 2010 Student Art Contest






TEACHERS: Click Here to print out a 2010 Art Contest flyer




This spring The National WWII Museum will present a special exhibit, Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings. This exhibit focuses on how the book burnings became an important symbol during World War II in America’s battle against Nazism, and concludes by examining how it can still be an important learning tool today. Learn more about the exhibit HERE.


In 1933 Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany. That same year students at universities throughout Germany were encouraged to burn books that had an “un-German” spirit, including books by many Jewish authors. At these rallies, enthusiastic crowds cheered and Nazi officials gave speeches rallying the German people to support Hitler. In the United States, people reacted against this burning of books and expressed shock over the attack on these authors and the principle of free expression.


The theme of this year’s contest is the power of books. Nazi Germany used books to assert power and wreak havoc, but books can also bring understanding and open-mindedness.


YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Think about ways that books can teach us and also what our lives would be like if there were no books. Create a piece of art that demonstrates the power of books. Be sure to include some aspect of or reference to WWII in your artwork. Your artwork can be a realistic depiction or an abstract representation, in color or black and white, you can use pencil, pen, crayons, markers, paint, or collage. It must be original, but you can incorporate your interpretation of existing WWII images if you would like.






The Museum will select one winner from each grade.  Winners will receive a $100 prize and a WWII Museum baseball cap.  Three honorable mentions from each grade will receive a certificate and WWII Museum baseball cap.  Winners will be notified May 3, 2010.  Winning entries and honorable mentions will be displayed in an online exhibit on the Museum’s website.






  • The contest is open to students in grades 5-8 in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and U.S. military bases
  • Art work must be mailed to the Museum and must be postmarked by March 26, 2010
  • Art must be no larger than 8½ X 11 and should be mailed flat (no binders please).
  • Originals must be submitted (no photocopies or photos of art work will be accepted).  No glitter, please!
  • Submissions will not be returned and become the property of The National WWII Museum and may be reproduced, in whole or part, by the Museum in printed or electronic form.  Proper attribution will be made. 
  • Only the first 500 submissions will be accepted (check the website).
  • Judging will be based on creativity, artistic expression, adherence to theme, and historical accuracy. 



All artwork must be accompanied by a completed Submission Form on a separate piece of paper. 


To print out a form, click here.



Artwork should be mailed flat to:


2010 Student Art Contest
The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130 



March 26, 2010, or when 500 submissions are received.




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