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.

2008 Student 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.

 2008 Student Online Essay Contest Winners
The National WWII Museum asks…

How Can Your Community Achieve Victory?

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. 

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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