Traveling Artifact Trunks
The National WWII Museum has launched Operation Footlocker, providing schools across the country with unique hands-on opportunities to explore the history and lessons of WWII by exploring WWII artifacts. These traveling trunks are designed to supplement WWII education in the classroom.
Each footlocker comes loaded with about 15 actual artifacts from WWII (not reproductions!). Of course, no weapons or ammunition are included. But there are ration books, V-mail letters, dog tags, sand from the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, wartime magazines, a high school yearbook from the early 1940s, and many other artifacts, both commonplace and surprising. Footlockers come complete with white cotton gloves for handling the artifacts and a teacher’s manual that describes each object and contains directions for conducting artifact “reading” sessions.
Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder the origins and uses of these real pieces of WWII history!
If needed, have your finance officer assign a vendor number to the Museum before your request. We are happy to provide any required information.
Footlockers will be shipped via UPS and will include a prepaid return shipping label.
Footlockers can be kept at your school for one week.
To Reserve a Footlocker:
Contact Walt Burgoyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (504) 528-1944 x333. Have the dates you want your footlocker in mind.
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