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How long has it been since you saw Living History School Day - are you keeping the historical events of America's engagement in major conflicts living, specifically for our younger generations?

We certainly understand that history is important, but a great deal of us do not possess the resources to indulge in bookreading or explore far-away battlefields, so how do we gather more about the world wars?

The ticket is Living History School Day close at hand in Texas!

History Alive Demonstrations All Year Long!

The Museum of the American G.I. is a history brought to life repository that specializes in both World Wars and other wars that involved American GIs.

We are devoted to preserving our military history, teaching the upcoming generations, and honoring the soldiers who faithfully served the USA during periods of war.

Museum of the American G.I. has an incredible number of artifacts and remembrances from World War II, Vietnam, and World War I spotlighting uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, tanks, and additional items from this era that will help you understand the difficulties faced by our military in combat in these wars.

If you are looking for Living History School Day because you want to understand what it was like to be an American soldier during World War II, Vietnam, and World War I, Museum of the American G.I. is the place to visit!

As one of multiple Living History School Day, we offer history alive demonstrations when we depict these battles through reenactments delivered by volunteers attired in original uniforms from each war along with working tanks and transports appropriate to each war.

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You can get your photo taken right by a restored tank or chopper plus in the course of our living reenactments, you could ride on a tank or M-4, discharge a howitzer, or fire an automatic weapon (paint balls only)!

Our goal is to maintain this priceless collection for upcoming age groups while educating people of all ages about the sacrifices made by U.S. military personnel during these wars via military action events and hands-on experiences with such historical artifacts.

Don't put off going to see Living History School Day where you are living – and if you live in Texas, take the time to spend time at the Museum of the American G.I.!

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FAQs

For those who are unfamiliar with living history museums, here are some typical questions that are asked, first about the Museum of the American GI and then about living history museums in general.

 

Where do I park?

Parking for History in Motion is on-site. If you are attending Santa's Wonderland, make sure you park in their lot next to the museum. From there you can walk to the Museum’s gate.

May I bring in outside food or drink?

Yes! We want everyone to stay safe and hydrated, but please leave the alcohol at home. We do not recommend bringing large coolers, so make sure everything can fit in a purse, bag, or backpack. If you don’t want to carry around lots of items, we will be selling food and water at various locations all day.

Is everything handicap or wheelchair accessible?

We do our best to make our events as wheelchair-friendly as possible. History in Motion will be all outside on potentially uneven or muddy terrain (depending on the weather). All activities will be on a hill a short distance from the parking area, but we provide rides to and from this location to seniors, expectant or new mothers, and those with disabilities.

What should I bring or wear?

All of the History in Motion activities will be outside, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for walking on dirt and grass. We recommend a hat and sunscreen, and potentially a rain jacket or umbrella if rain is in the forecast. Don’t forget your camera for pictures and extra spending money!

Can I pay with a credit card?

You may purchase tickets at the gate with a credit card. Our gift shop and select stations also accept cards. Credit card purchases will have a small processing fee added.  Cash, of course, is always welcome especially in the exact amount for the gate entry and special activities!

Will there be seating at the arena?

Yes! We will have bleachers, though seating is very limited.  You may bring a chair if you want, but be prepared to have to carry it for long walks.

Will the demonstrations be loud?

Yes, we simulate real gunfire and explosions, so there will be quite a bit of noise. We will have earplugs available for purchase at the site, but you may also wish to bring your own. Be especially aware that the noise may upset infants and young children.

Are pets allowed at the event?

Yes, if they remain on a leash and are well behaved. We also ask that you clean up after their potty breaks, as no one likes tracking poop!

May I climb on the vehicles?

No, unless you are at a photo station or a vehicle ride, otherwise you may not climb on or into any vehicles.

May I touch the display?

Please do not touch any displays unless you have the express permission of the living historian running the display. Much of the equipment our living historians use is original, and thus easily 70 years old or more. Please respect the equipment and leave it available for future generations.

May I photograph events and displays?

Yes! We love seeing your photographs of our events, and don’t forget to tag us on Facebook!

May I bring a drone?

No. Only drones used for the exclusive purpose of the museum are allowed.

 

General Questions

What is living history?

Interpreting the past by re-creating everyday activities and artifacts of a time period. The term living history can also be used to define or describe museums and sites that contain exhibits about the past, though this is somewhat less accurate than when used in reference to historic homes, gardens, etc., where it means something closer to "historic interpretation." Many interpreters and historic sites use the term "living history" to define first-person interpretation and other forms of traditional, hands-on historical engagement.

What is a living history museum?

A living history museum is a place where visitors can experience what life was like at another time period in history. The site may recreate the daily activities of people who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago, or show how people live now in various parts of the world. People working at living history museums are called interpreters because they interpret (explain) the past to the public.

Most living history museums are open seasonally, often spring through fall. They often appeal to families and schools because they offer opportunities for students of all ages to learn about history in a fun way. Many museums also provide demonstrations on traditional skills including cooking, blacksmithing, weaving, candlemaking, farming and other historical skills.

Interpreters who work at living history museums are enthusiastic about the past, and love to help visitors learn more about life in earlier times. They may be historians, teachers or even reenactors. Some sites hire interpreters to teach staff members how to portray someone from a particular time period.

Some living history museums are open only to school groups as field trips. Others are free, or charge a small fee for visitors. Many sites offer programs and workshops, such as candle-making classes, designed to appeal to enthusiasts interested in learning more about the past.

What is a military history museum?

A museum that tells the history of a specific military force, many of which have been in existence for centuries. Military history museums often focus on war battles and strategy. However, they may also have exhibits that include weapons, clothing and other equipment used in battle.

What is a military living history group?

A reenactment organization that focuses on portraying a military unit of another time period.

Even though their focus is not living history, some reenactment groups are considered living history organizations because they interpret or portray the past at public events and demonstrations.

What do you often find in an American G.I. Museum?

A museum dedicated to American infantrymen who fought in various wars during the 20th century, including WWII.

Museums are not limited to military history. Many tell the story of a particular time period or culture around the world. Others focus on animals, art or science. Many museums have exhibits that feature artifacts from everyday life, such as rocks, shells or household items.

What is a World War II museum?

A World War II museum is dedicated to soldiers and events of WWII.

Military museums may be dedicated to a specific war, such as WWII or the American Civil War, or focused on a particular fighting force, such as US Marines or Soviet Air Force.

Museums that interpret history often have exhibits that show what life was like at another time in the past. They may have equipment and clothing from a certain time period, furniture and toys. Many types of museums specialize in showing objects associated with a certain type of activity or work.

What is a tank museum?

Many museums are dedicated to a certain type of artifact or material culture. They may focus on things like clothes, furniture, toys, cars or even rock specimens.

A tank museum is one that specializes in tanks, the heavily-armed fighting vehicles used by many armies since WWII and may also have exhibits about other types of military equipment too.

Military or war museums may focus on weapons, or feature military vehicles such as tanks and airplanes. Some World War II museums have tanks, fighter planes and warships. They often display other items used by soldiers during the war, including uniforms and equipment. Many countries around the world have museums dedicated to their military history.

What types of artifacts might be found in World War II museum?

An individual World War II museum may have uniforms, weapons, equipment or other items used by soldiers in the war. An American museum may feature G.I. gear, weapons and equipment used during WWII by US forces. A Russian museum might display Soviet Air Force uniforms and helmets.

What are some examples of museums that house military vehicles?

The United States has many museums dedicated to military history. These include tanks and aircraft at the National Guard Air and Army Museum in Ohio, as well as vintage boats such as those found at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Michigan. Many countries around the world have museums that contain tanks and other military vehicles.

What Is considered History in Motion?

History in Motions is a type of museum that features vehicles as well as people, such as military trucks and tanks used during a historical event.

History in Motion museums often have both moving and still exhibits because they focus on the objects but also show how these items were used or who operated them during a certain time period.

What is a museum that specializes in World War II?

A museum that focuses on the men and women, events and equipment of World War II.

Many museums around the world focus on various aspects of WWII. Some show military life during the war era, while others feature objects used by soldiers or everyday items in use during that time period.

What Is considered History Alive?

An event where museum visitors participate in a re-enactment of an historical event, such as a World War II battle.

History Alive museums may also have hands-on exhibits and programs that show how objects were used during the war. Some events include actors and/or film crews to recreate history. They often feature military vehicles and equipment, and offer interactive activities, such as firing a machine gun or fixing radios.

What are some examples of History Alive museums?

Many United States World War II museums have living history programs that allow visitors to learn about different aspects of war life including touring camps or meeting historic figures. The National WWII Museum has several events each year, which include re-enactments of historic events, lectures and guest appearances by various military personnel. The War in the Pacific National Historical Park has a program that includes demonstrations of dog tags, Morse code and historical photographs.

What might be included in World War II history in motion vehicle demonstrations?

World War II History in Motion demonstrations would be about a military vehicle and its use in a historical event.

A WWII History in Motion museum may have demonstrations of vehicles being used during historic events, such as tanks firing at an enemy line or planes dropping bombs from the sky. Some museums offer speakers to explain how certain vehicles were used in battle or show films related to specific battles.

What might be included in a World War I tank museum?

A World War I tank museum could include some vehicles as well as uniforms, weapons and equipment used during the war.

A World War I tank museum will have a large collection of tanks from that era as well as various uniforms, guns and other items used by soldiers. Some museums display objects relating to specific battles or wars fought during this time period.

What might be included in a World War II tank museum?

A World War II tank museum would most likely contain tanks, planes or other vehicles used in WWII.

Operable military vehicles are the main attraction at History in Motion museums. These include tanks, airplanes, trucks and other equipment used during World War II. A tank history museum may also show how these items were used during the war, such as showing how people manned them and highlighting certain battles.

What might be included in living history educational school day events?

Living history education school day events is a children's school day that focuses on WWII history.

Schools often hold living educational events to give students a better understanding of an historical event, such as World War II battles. These may include listening to speakers or watching reenactments performed by actors in costumes. Students also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of war life, such as what tanks and planes looked like and how they were operated in battle.