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World War One Museum = educational resource goodness

It’s been a while. Between spring break, family visits, emergency home repairs, college basketball March Madness, work related travel, and late night viewing of latest NetFlix fave Frontier, I’ve fallen behind a bit on the updates here.

It feels good to be back.

One of the things I missed over the last few weeks was the April 6 ceremony in Kansas City at the World War One Museum. The event commemorated the centennial of America’s entry into World War One. In case you missed it too, you can view the archived live stream online. And when you’re finished with browsing through the ceremony video, head back to the main section of the Museum site for other very useful resources. But be sure to budget some time – you quickly get sucked into the

The mission of the museum is pretty simple. National World War I Museum president Dr. Matthew Naylor outlines its purpose:

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is committed to remembering, understanding and interpreting the Great War and its enduring impact and this event underscores how this calamitous conflict continues to significantly affect everyone to this day.

The Museum was designated by Congress as the official WWI museum in 2004. And it is incredible. Soon after World War I ended,  the Liberty Memorial Association formed to create a memorial to those who had served in the war and collected more than $2.5 million in less than two weeks. A tower was constructed along with displays. Later, in 2006, additional museum space was added.

What are some of the tools available?

Education Resources

A searchable database of primary source documents, lesson plans, articles, videos, and more from institutions including the National Archives, Library of Congress, Stanford History Education Group, HISTORY, and many others.

Museum Lesson Plans

Lesson plans and educational activities created by Museum education staff.

Interactive Timeline

You and students can use the timeline to see cause and effect, watch and listen to multimedia resources, and gather information.

Online Collections Database

The National World War I Museum and Memorial’s online collections database allows you to search digital records of our global collection that began in 1920. Some great primary sources here – search yourself or have kids run the search.

Online Exhibitions

If you have the chance to actually visit the museum, it’s a day’s worth of goodness. But they also have some very nice online displays that can be used as part of your instructional design.

Educator Newsletter

A bi-monthly email newsletter of free education resources and activities for teachers to help explain the importance of WWI to their students.

Plan a Field trip

Museum visits encourage experiential learning, which has been proven to be one of the most effective methods of teaching. Grant assistance is available.

Professional Development

Learn about their teacher workshops, fellowships, and other professional development opportunities for educators.

Social Media

You can contact with the Museum via social media. You’ll will want to subscribe to their Youtube channel – cause you’re gonna find some very cool primary sources as well as presentations by WWI scholars.

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