March 24, 2017
In conjunction with the Living History Weekend, The Museum of the America G.I. host regional home and private school students for a Living History School Day. This is an opportunity for students to view history in a new way! The purpose is to educate students about US military history from WWI to the present. We are excited to offer a half day program (9 am -11:30 am) for K- 4th grade and a full day program ( 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM) for 5th -12th grade. The programs have many demonstrations and displays that will excite and engage students while honoring our veterans and the sacrifices they made. Curriculum plans and ideas for the entire program will be available prior to the event. At the Living History Day, students will view the largest collection of restored, functioning historic military vehicles in Texas, an extensive collection of historic uniforms worn by US Servicemen and women, various equipment demonstrations, and interactive living history displays.
Please note that the program is limited to 250 students. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email from us.
Here is a small sample of what the students will experience:
The Museum of the American G.I. has one of the largest collections of restored, functioning historic military vehicles in the United States. Vehicles and equipment used in WWII to the Viet Nam conflict will be on display at the school day. Students will not only be able to view the vehicles and equipment, they will also learn how they were utilized by the military.
On display will be an extensive collection of uniforms worn by US Servicemen and women. Students will learn about the contribution women made to the US war efforts as members of the US Military Women Units: WAVES, WACS, SPARS, USMCWR, ANC and NNC. Students will learn how the positive impact on the war effort by the women who served in the US Military in WWII paved the way for permanent integration of women into the postwar armed forces. The unprecedented success of women’s participation in the military coupled with the employment of women in jobs formally restricted to men fundamentally transformed modern society.
The National Museum of the Pacific War’s living history detachment will present their special educational program on the uniforms, weapons and tactics of the United States Marine Corps and the Imperial Japanese Army as they fought on the island of Tarawa.
History will come alive for your students as they interact with our living history displays!
WWII United States Army Signal Corps encampment: Students will learn about the US Army Signal Corps as they view Camp Lili representing an encampment in a forward position in southern France. The unit is based on a signal company attached to the 441st Anti Aircraft Artillery battalion, a part of “Camel Force” which invaded southern France between Cannes and St. Rapheal in August of 1944 as part of Operation Dragoon. This area was spearheaded by the Texas 36th Infantry Division to which the 441st was attached. In addition to static displays, the following items are demonstrated at Camp Lili, many of which visitors may participate in: carrier pigeons and signal flags, field phone EE-8, switchboard BD-71, telegraph TG-5A, signal lamp SE-11, aldis lamp, Chaplin’s field organ, and field phonograph.
Camp Lili is a private collection dedicated to preserving the history of WWII and honoring those who did their part. Please follow Camp Lili on Facebook for pictures, updates and more.
WWII German Field Encampment: View a field representation of what a German Soldier’s “home” would look like including a small tent portion and small burner stove for warming rations and cooking coffee. Everything on display would have been carried on the back of the soldier, or thrown in a truck, car or tied to the side of an armored vehicle. The display represents a Waffen-SS field/maneuver unit that operated along-side the regular army, and often served as shock troops as part of an initial attack. Waffen-SS troops served widely at the front lines in action along-side HEER (Regular Army) units and were often commanded by an overall General or Field Marshall who was “regular army”. Please note: While it is a historical fact that a small number of SS became notorious for their atrocities and crimes against humanity, the entire Waffen-SS was not an organization of hate. The vast majority of Waffen-SS soldiers were simply Axis combatants. This display represents these troops that served their country with honor and distinction.