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American G.I.s have been some of the most archetypical images in history, but what do we really know about their responsibilities or what it was like in the entrenchments and on the combat zones?
There are many museums that display military history and yet it is hard to locate a place to get an awareness of what it felt like to be an American G.I. during World War I, World War II, and Vietnam, a place that has real tanks and transports and equipment that were repaired and used during Reenactments.
Really wish to know what it was like for American GI's to fight in the worldwide conflicts at Reenactments?
The Museum of the American G.I. presents Reenactments of conflicts fought by our U.S. military during WW1 and WW2.
People who attend this demonstration come away with a fresh perception of just how courageous our ancestors were in doing battle for the independence we have now.
We also have instructional series developed to instruct students about their relative's sacrifices made during wartime so they can be grateful for our independence.
Living History Events All Year Long!
People who spend time at the Museum of the American G.I. are fascinated by an eye-opening involvement with what it felt like to be an American soldier during World War I, World War II, and Vietnam.
With Reenactments, visitors can observe how American GIs lived, battled, tried to sleep, and were fed when they were in foreign lands.
You will also learn about the different weaponry used in World War I and World War II plus how wives and mothers managed in the U.S. while their loved ones were away at war.
Museum of the American G.I. Has Something Special For All!
Museum of the American G.I. is unlike any other living history museum you've witnessed as it provides a riveting adventure where visitors can really touch, feel, detect the smell of, and hear what it was like for our American GIs in World War I, World War II, and Vietnam.
At Reenactments, you can be taken into the past as you proceed through reenactment camps staffed by devoted living historians who replicate day-to-day life during this time period.
The Museum of the American G.I. even has armored vehicles that are driven over the property so attendees can hear them rattle the arena at close range!
At Museum of the American G.I., you can witness the events and military members who served during World War I, World War II, and Vietnam by witnessing Reenactments given by living historians dressed as American GIs from each war.
Examine armored vehicles and transports used in combat in these global conflicts, listen to accounts told by volunteers about engaging in hostilities in these military actions, feel the heat of a flame thrower, pay attention as howitzers burst across the arena during Reenactments at Museum of the American G.I.!
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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.
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 muse 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.