The National WWI Museum and Memorial

Aug 16, 2019 by

National WWI Museum and Memorial

Sadly, more than 100 years after the official end of World War I, the history of the Great War continues to be glossed over in school curriculum across the nation. The National WWI Museum and Memorial – designated by Congress as the nation’s official WWI Museum and Memorial in 2004 – is striving to expand the narrative about the war by providing teachers with free materials about the enduring impact of WWI on modern times.

The importance of the  initiative was recently covered by The New York Times.   

As teachers plan for the new school year, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the museum’s  extensive resources, available to both educators and their students, which can be easily accessed via a digital Education Database. The vast collection includes curriculum guidance and supporting materials, such as lesson plans, articles, videos, classwork documents and more.

Topics explored in the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s database span the spectrum of school subjects: 

The lack of awareness of this defining world event is truly stunning. In fact, a 2014 survey conducted by YouGov, an Internet based market research and data analytics firm, found that just a third of respondents (35%) were aware that the United States entered the war in 1917 when given a choice of the years spanning from 1914 to 1920.

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