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.

NHD: WWII-Themed Project


How can The National WWII Museum help me with my WWII-themed project?


Can you help me find a WWII veteran to interview?

While it is getting harder to find WWII veterans to interview for History Day projects, many are still available to talk to you and share their stories first-hand.  The National WWII Museum does not give out contact information about individual veterans and may not even know of particular veterans in your part of the country.  Therefore, we recommend that you reserach appropriate oral history resources (veterans) from one of the following agencies or institutions in your area:

  • You may be able to find a reunion group on the internet for the particular kind of veteran you seek (i.e. 101st Infantry Division).  From there you may find contact information for veterans who would be willing to be interviewed over the phone.
  • Check the archives at your local newspaper to see if they have run any stories in the past few years on local veterans.  Often times newspapers print stories about local veterans on or near Veterans Day, Memorial Day, V-E Day, V-J Day, or Pearl Harbor Day.

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Can I interview someone from The National WWII Museum?

Yes.  Depending on your topic and our availability, we can arrange to be interviewed over the phone.  The best way to arrange this is to email the Museum.  We will need to know the topic of your project and what information you are seeking.  We can then see if there is an appropriate person at the Museum for you to interview.

Keep the following in mind when preparing for the interview:

  • Have your questions well thought out and written down.
  • Do not ask historical questions that you could easily look up yourself (i.e. When did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor?).
  • Due to our staff's time constraints, limit your questions to no more than 10 and your interview to no longer than 20-30 minutes. 
  • The National WWII Museum is in New Orleans on Central Time.
  • If you plan to record the interview, you must first inform the interviewee that the conversation will be recorded.
  • If you use quotes or other information from the interview in your project, you must properly attribute them to the interviwee and The National WWII Museum.

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How can I research my own family's WWII history?

There are many good books that can provide with guidance as you research your family's WWII history.  One of the best is Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Reseraching and Understanding in the World War II U.S. Army.  Our website also has good information for reseraching your relatives' WWII background.  Be aware that waiting for government agencies to send requested records can take a long time, often many months. 

But, of course, the best source may be sitting right next to you.  If you are able, conduct an oral history with your family member(s) who lived through WWII.  Click here for a brief tutorial about conducting a WWII oral history. 

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What kind of primary sources does the museum have and can I access them?

The Museum's collections include more than 70,000 WWII-era artifacts, over 380 linear feet of archival materials, and approximately 3,500 oral histories.  The Museum is currently undertaking a project to fully digitize these collections and make them partially or wholly available to the public.  At this time, however, the collections are only open to professional researchers.  You can contact the Museum about specific topics and we may be able to point you in the right direction for researching primary resources.

You are, of course, welcome to visit the Museum and explore the artifacts and oral histories that we present in our exhibits.

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Will you send me everything you have on... (Patton, the Holocaust, D-Day, Rosie the Riveter, etc.)?

In a word, no.  We get many requests like this from students all over the country.  When we get a student request for materials, we send out a standard packet of information about the Museum and WWII.  As stated above, however, there may an opportunity for you to interview someone at the Museum who can be of assistance with your research.

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Can you recommend good Secondary Sources about WWII?

Yes, click here to access our Online Student Bibliography.
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What resources are available on your website?
This web site has a WWII Timeline, a WWII Glossary, an introductory essay about the Holocaust, many WWII Fact Sheets, and a growing collection of podcasts and online exhibits (explore from our home page).
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Is there a special History Day prize for the best WWII-themed project?

Yes, The National WWII Museum sponsors a special prize at National History Day for the best WWII project in both the Junior and Senior Categories.  Each prize is worth $500. 

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