Maryland teacher Brendan Gallagher has designed a lesson to help students view World War II history through the eyes of an American medic treating injured military personnel. During the lesson, a student is chosen to play a medical officer, who must figure out how to treat injuries that have been assigned to other students. Gallagher was among 18 teachers who developed lessons based on the experiences of real WWII soldiers as part of National History Day and the American Battle Monuments Commission's Understanding Sacrifice program.
Sophomore students at Exeter High School in New Hampshire recently gathered in the school library to hear about World War II from veterans, who had come from homes for seniors to share their stories. The appearance resulted from the collaboration of Jenn Montplaisir, the activities director at Rockingham County Nursing Home, and history teacher Molly Stevenson. "I want students to understand that their story is part of history, and realize that history is more than a set of facts," Stevenson said.
A lost 1945 telegram announcing the death of 2nd Lt. Royce E. Griffin during World War II was recently returned to his family during an Advanced Placement American History class at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Wash. The pilot's nephew, John Griffin, is the school's dean of students. "Wow! This is a primary document for our [A]dvanced [P]lacement history kids," Griffin said.
Taken as a whole, several purchasing manufacturers' index reports provide a mixed view of economic performance in the U.S. Among these, Markit's Flash Manufacturing PMI posted 51.9 for May, the lowest level since October.
The World War II B-17 bomber "Aluminum Overcast" is set to stop in Eugene, Ore., May 17 to 19, as part of the aircraft's "Experience History" tour. It will be available to the public for ground and flight tours. The bomber was restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association.