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 seventy 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
Since he was a young child, John has been interested in WWII and aviation. Shortly after the opening of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, John visited and was in awe of the six planes suspended inside. He says of seeing the P-51 Mustang and the B-17 in close proximity, “Seeing their sizes helped me understand the escort-bomber relationship in a way that researching the specifications for these planes did not.” John created a web site on the role of the P-51 Mustang in WWII. In his research, John reached out to former pilots of these planes and consulted numerous books about the Tuskegee Airmen. Kilrain Popleon, Ely’Asia Williams, Jalen Chatman, and Amber Boutte
Kilrain, Ely’Asia, Jalen, and Amber are very outgoing students. To take advantage of their skills, they chose to do a performance on the Supreme Court decision, Brown v. The Board of Education. They created backdrops, wrote a script highlighting the significance of the case, and performed in the Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. The topic proved to be a rich learning experience for them. They became inspired by Oliver Brown, who worked for three years to have his case heard before the Supreme Court. The group says that they realized, “if we fight for what's right in our country we can make a difference.” Minahil Khan and Elisabeth Garcia
Minahil and Elisabeth each came to the United States within the last few years. Minahil was born in Pakistan, and Elisabeth came from Mexico. They became friends over the last few years and decided to work together to build a web site. When discussing their home countries, they found common themes of war and revolution. They related these themes to their new country’s major turning point of the 20th Century—The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In conducting their research, Minahil and Elisabeth talked to WWII veterans, toured The National WWII Museum, and consulted numerous books. The major theme they found was that in the years following Pearl Harbor, “All ethnicities worked together in factories to build planes and tank and guns. Black soldiers were just beginning to fight alongside white soldiers, Irish soldiers, and Italian soldiers, all of whom were now American soldiers.”
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.