WWI and WWII virtual programs
Continuing the Mission of Education in a Digital World
Online Programming and Virtual Museum Tours accessible from your Home
The COVID-19 epidemic that began to sweep its way across Virginia in March of 2020 forced Virginians across the commonwealth into their homes to take shelter from infection. With a state-wide quarantine in place, most all museums and memorials were closed to the public as well. For the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission, our mission to educate and commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of our WWI and WWII heroes remained unchanged.
To accomplish this goal of WWI and WWII education in "quarantined world", we have taken our most popular programs and made them accessible online. Below is a listing of these fantastic programs for you to check out COMPLETELY online, COMPLETELY free:
Our Online Programs
In partnership with the Library of Virginia, the Profiles of Honor Document Scanning Project identifies and locates original source materials in Virginia that are related to WWI and WWII. Materials scanned include service photographs, letters, memoirs, discharge papers, diaries, and other selected memorabilia and manuscripts. These visitor-donated scans help to paint a detailed picture of how everyday Virginians, both soldiers and civilians, were transformed by the two largest wars the world has ever seen. View highlights from the collection here: MORE INFORMATION
In partnership with the Virtual Curation Laboratory of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Commission presents a new branch of the Profiles of Honor program: 3-D digital museum scanning. The Virtual Curation Laboratory is scanning personal artifacts and family heirlooms from WWI and WWII for display in its online virtual museum. This cutting-edge technology enables museums and individuals alike to showcase some of their most meaningful pieces to millions of visitors online, while the originals remain in the possession of the donor. 3-D printed models of these scans can be used educationally in classrooms across the world. MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about the WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Tour, a mobile exhibition that brought an interactive traveling exhibition to museums, libraries, and historic sites throughout Virginia. Modeled on the highly successful Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile tour, the Profiles of Honor exhibit brought to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting the stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. The mobile tour traveled to over 117 stops across the commonwealth in three years. Click the following link for MORE INFORMATION, and to take our POH Mobile Unit's Virtual Tour online!
Partner Program Spotlight
Below are several online and virtual educational offerings from our museum partners and institutions from around the state. While these are just a few of the dozens of institutions around the state who are creating a listing of these fantastic programs for you to check out COMPLETELY online, COMPLETELY free:
The MacArthur Memorial is providing parents, teachers and students with On-Demand Q&A Sessions with museum historians about Douglas MacArthur, the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, the Occupation of Japan, and the Korean War. If you have a question about any of these topics, send it to the Memorial and staff will take you behind the scenes at the museum to answer the question!
WWII Ben Steele POW Exhibit-
The MacArthur Memorial also has lesson plans, short films, and activity sheets available on it's website. One highlight is the Ben Steele POW Exhibit which provides an online overview of the Bataan Death March, war crimes in World War II, and how one POW used art to document and recover from the trauma he experienced. Visit the website for more information.
As schools throughout the nation cancel field trips and move classes online, the National D-Day Memorial is proud to offer free virtual programs on World War II to supplement your curriculum and educational programming. With nearly a dozen programs completed and scheduled, there are bountiful resources to engage and inspire learning about our Nation's history. View the online presentations here: https://www.dday.org/free-virtual-programs-spring-2020/
The National D-Day Memorial's "Lunchbox Lecture Series" is hosting all spring lectures in real-time through Facebook live. Follow the Memorial's Facebook page for notifications. All Lectures will remain available on the Facebook page following the event. You can also read more about the lecture series on the website at: https://www.dday.org/lunchbox-lecture-series/
Learning from the Home Front! The Virginia War Memorial Education team is excited to provide a variety of live, interactive lessons for students and learners of all ages! Whether is gadgets of WWII, Baseball in War, The Wars in Film, or another fascinating topic- all of the VWM’s livestream options are FREE, (although many require advance registration). Sign up soon, or space may run out!
Recordings of each livestream may also become available on the Educational Resources page following the program. Information about upcoming livestreams is available ONLINE HERE. New programs are added often, so check back regularly and follow them on Facebook to stay up to date.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is offering some fantastic digital programming at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, including live Virtual Tours of the Manse M-F at 10:30 and programs called "History in your Home" where the Curator and the Director of Education focus on different historical topics related to Wilson's life and times.
These themes include many World War I topics, Wilsonian politics, suffrage, propaganda and more. The best part about these programs is that they are live and FREE for the visitors, thanks to a grant from the Charles Fund Inc. The website to register for these exciting programs and learn more is the main website at: www.woodrowwilson.org.
Visit even more of Virginia's incredible WWI and WWII Museums & Memorials on their own websites to learn how to help support them during this time! To see a FULL list of our partner museums, click HERE!