Help Send Louisiana's History Day Finalists to DC!
The National WWII Museum is proud to serve as the National History Day sponsor for the state of Louisiana. Recently, the Louisiana State Contest was held at the Museum, and forty nine students earned the right to compete at the national competition in our nation’s capital.
Unfortunately, for those students who cannot afford the estimated $700 cost to travel and compete in Washington, DC, their dreams of competing at the National History Day contest will remain just that – a dream.
So we’re asking our friends and supporters to help us send these hard-working and dedicated students to Washington for the National History Day Contest so they can present their projects.
Meet the Students
Forty nine students from Louisiana have earned a spot at the National History Day competition in DC. Here are just three of the outstanding students.
Hadeel Kasji recently immigrated to the United States from the Middle East. When Hadeel arrived in the United States she received suspicious looks and harsh statements from other children. To explore some of the historical roots of tension in the Middle East, Hadeel chose to focus her exhibit on a 1979 siege at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Hadeel conducted her research in both Arabic and English, and emailed the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library to obtain information on the American Reaction to the siege at the Mosque. She also called family in Saudi Arabia to find out what they remembered.
Through this project, Hadeel came to understand some of the roots of violence in the Middle East and how events can be exploited over time.
James Hogg is a Civil War buff. He is particularly interested in how Louisiana was impacted by the War. He chose to create a performance called “My 1863 Adventure” that looks at the impacts of war on Louisiana and on the people who lived there.
James portrays a child living near Baton Rouge in 1863. In his performance, James uses his musical talents to emphasize the effects of war. With his violin, he puts emotions to song as the child wonders which side is right.
James feels that the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Battle of Gettysburg make 1863 a pivotal point in American history, and allowed the nation to begin on a path of reform over the next century.
Sarah Elliot, like many high school students, is shocked at the horrors of the Holocaust. Sarah chose to write a paper that would help her communicate her feelings on the topic. To make it more personal, she chose to focus on the impact on children.
Sarah opens her paper with the statistic that 1.2 million Jewish children were murdered during the Holocaust. From that statistic, Sarah moves on to discussing Alicia Appleman-Jurman, a girl who survived. Sarah recounts Alicia’s story of running from death squads, hiding in the woods, and, finally, her liberation in 1945.
In creating her paper, Sarah consulted many stories of children during the Holocaust, and she consulted regularly with her teacher to check on her citations and writing style. She also contacted Museum volunteers at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum for fact-checking and proofreading. She had enough material to write several 2,000 word papers, but she had to trim until she was just under the History Day limit of 2,500 words.
Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.
See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.
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. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.
Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.