STUDENT WEBINARS ARCHIVE:
The National WWII Museum presents a variety of free student webinars about many different topics in WWII, featuring curators, guest authors, and WWII experts. If you missed one of the live programs, take a look at the Student Webinars Archive.
Under the Blood-Red Sun: Exploring Pearl Harbor through Historical Fiction
December 6, 2013 This webinar commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor with a virtual visit with Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun, a Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner. Explore the Japanese motivations, plans for the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the aftermath and impact of “the day of infamy.”
The Monuments Men: Saving Europe’s Cultural Treasures
January 23, 2014 Some of the most famous works of art by the most renowned European artists and architects would not be here today without the efforts of the Monuments Men during WWII. Museum Trustee and author Robert Edsel discusses his book-turned-major motion picture about how a small group of forgotten men and women rescued some of the most important art, artifacts and monuments from Nazi looting and ultimate destruction.
March 27, 2014 Prom, glee club, football—all elements of a typical high school yearbook. But what about victory gardens, civil defense clubs, and purchasing war bonds? This webinar explores 1940s primary source yearbooks from across the country, a part of Museum's digital learning project "See You Next Year! High School Yearbooks from WWII."
Exploring Japanese American Imprisonment during WWII
May 9, 2014 Museum curator Kim Guise showcases fascinating artifacts from the Museum’s latest special exhibit, From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII. Meet poet and professor Brian Komei Dempster, who will relate how he uses this period in history as creative inspiration and his process of working with former camp prisoners to record their harrowing stories collected in the anthology, Making Home from War.
featuring the Yankee Air Museum
November 21, 2014 The interactive, virtual trip starts at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, where students will explore how the designers and defense workers at Higgins Industries helped transform a boat intended for the Louisiana bayous into a critical landing craft for the US military. The next stop is the Yankee Air Museum, which will be moving into a portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant, famous for rolling out one huge B-24 bomber plane per hour on the giant assembly line.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Luna Kaufman & Her Story of Survival and Reconciliation
January 27, 2015 On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Museum Educators joined Holocaust survivor Luna Kaufman as she shared her harrowing story of persecution and perseverance. Author of Luna’s Life: A Journey of Forgiveness and Triumph, Kaufman is committed to fighting prejudice, and imparted on students timeless messages of forgiveness, tolerance, and inter-religious cooperation and understanding.
featuring the National Museum of the Marine Corps
February 23, 2015 On the exact date of the 70th anniversary of the historic flag raising, uncover the myths, history, and significance of one of the most iconic and powerful photographs of WWII. Students will also travel to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia to explore some of their most important artifacts, the flags from Mt. Suribachi.
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
May 7, 2015 Near the 70th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, join Museum educators and Trinity graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm to explore the history, science, and legacy of the Manhattan Project and the atomic bombs.
October 8, 2015 Museum builders discuss their work restoring US Navy torpedo boat PT-305 to her wartime condition, and WWII veteran Johnny DiFatta shares his wartime experiences on board a famed Higgins boat.
Part of the "What Floats Your Boat?" IVC special event proudly supported by the Pinnacle Education Collaborative.
featuring the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
December 1, 2015 Educators from The National WWII Museum and the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument discuss the history, meaning, and modern day interpretation of the attack in New Orleans and in Hawaii.
Mare's War: Exploring African American Experiences in WWII with Historical Fiction
February 2, 2016 Author Tanita Davis relates the story of Octavia and Tali, embarking on a road trip with their grandmother, Mare. Along the journey, Mare reveals that she escaped home as a young woman to join the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during WWII.
Veteran Voices: Tuskegee Airmen Share their Stores
April 21, 2016 Two Tuskegee Airmen join Museum Educators to provide personal stories about the training, combat, and the legacy of the first African American aviators in US military history.
Testimony from Theresienstadt
May 13, 2016 Holocaust survivor Ela Weissberger shares her firsthand testimony of persecution and perseverance in the "camp-ghetto" Theresienstadt, in occupied Terezin, Czechoslovakia. Ela played the role of the cat in the children's opera "Brundibar," performed 55 times inside the camp.
The Holocaust and Propaganda
January 27, 2017 On International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017, this webinar features survivor Margit Meissner, who was only 11 years old when she heard a radio broadcast of one of Hitler’s speeches—her first encounter with Nazi propaganda. Learn why she still speaks today about the dangers of hate speech.
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
March 23, 2017 Hear from author Steve Sheinkin as he discusses the amazing true story behind his 2013 Newberry Honor Book Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon. Museum educators lead students in a fun demonstration about the composition of an atom and the foundations of a nuclear reaction.
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.