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.

Essay Contest

The National WWII Museum sponsors an annual essay contest for high school students across the country.  Each year a different theme is announced on January 1.  Contest submissions are accepted through March and winners are announced in early May.  Bookmark this site for the 2009 contest.

On August 15, 1945, when the neighbors in the 2200 block of St. Roch Street in New Orleans heard the news that Japan had surrendered and the war was finally over, they spontaneously paraded through the streets, celebrating America’s long-fought for victory in WWII.  Celebrations like this one erupted across the Home Front in communities large and small.  What they all shared in common was the sense that all Americans had been part of the fight—and all Americans had been part of the victory.

The National WWII Museum invites you to tell us, in your own words, “How can your community achieve victory?”  What do we mean by community: Your city?  Your school?  A club or congregation you belong to?  And what do we mean by victory?  That is for you to decide and describe.  But remember, victory doesn’t just mean success in war.  There are many battles that communities fight.  Use WWII as a starting point and base your answer in part on examples you find in this history.  But don’t stop in the past.  History teaches us lessons.  How can your community overcome the challenges it faces today?  This is NOT a research paper about WWII.  Your essay will be judged for originality, clarity of expression, adherence to contest theme, historical accuracy, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.  The best essays will include specific examples from both WWII and today.  You may use examples from your own experiences, if you wish.  Museum education staff will judge entries. 
Click here to view last year's winners


First place winner will receive $1,000; second place winner will receive $750; and third place winner will receive $500.  Each winning essay will be posted on The National WWII Museum’s web site.  Excerpts of the first place entry will also be printed in our quarterly newsletter V-Mail (which is mailed to more than 130,000 people across the United States).  The top 50 essayists will receive honorable mention on our website.


•         Contest is open to all high school students in the United States, United States Territories, and military bases.
•         Your essay must be 1,000 words or less.  Only one essay per student may be submitted.
•         Submissions must be e-mailed to The National WWII Museum by March 28, 2008, 5:00pm CST.
•         Winners will be notified and announced on May 1, 2008.
•         Museum will accept the first 500 valid entries only.  The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted.  Further submissions will not be accepted.
•         All entries become 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.


Please do not include any other materials, illustrations, or correspondence with your entry.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

First Place: Brian Miller, 12th grade, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, CA

Second Place: Cheyenne Tibbitts, 11th grade, Salmon High School, Salmon, ID

Third Place: Jacqueline Thornton, 11th grade, Granite Hills High School, El Cajon, CA

Click here for a list of Honorable Mentions


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