WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day® is offering high school and middle school teachers an opportunity to apply for a year-long study program on World War I, including a twelve-day trip to Europe. In June 2019, educators from National History Day will lead a select group of teachers on an exploration of the path American forces traveled through Europe. The program, funded by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library includes free travel, courses, meals, and lodging. Teachers must apply to the program by November 1, 2018 at nhd.org/teachWWI.

Beginning in January 2019, teachers will research the life of a service member from their state who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and is buried in Europe. Each fallen hero will be honored as teachers prepare eulogies to present on the trip. Each teacher will also develop a lesson that helps other teachers examine the legacies of World War I. After the program concludes, the completed lesson plans will be made available online for use in classrooms around the world.

“World War I is often called the forgotten war,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Together with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library we hope to change this moniker by empowering teachers with the resources necessary to teach about The Great War. This program requires extensive research and dedication. The teachers selected will be among the best in their field and we hope the resulting lesson plans will be a benefit to teachers around the country.”

World War I began in 1914 and the U.S. involvement began in 1917. The war concluded 100 years ago and claimed the lives of more than nine million soldiers, including more than 100,000 Americans.

Throughout 2018 and 2019 National History Day is partnering with multiple organizations to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. Spearheaded by the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission, this partnership seeks to educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more than 100 teaching events nationwide. More Information about the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission can be found here: www.ww1cc.org. Other partners include the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

About National History Day (NHD)
NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit nhd.org.

About the Pritzker Military Museum and Library
Founded in 2003, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, located in downtown Chicago, is a nonprofit center where citizens and soldiers come together to learn about military history and affairs. The Museum and Library feature an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Programs include a lending library, the archives, recorded TV shows, podcasts and oral histories, and museum exhibits. To learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, visit www.pritzkermilitary.org or @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary on Facebook.

Lynne O'Hara
Director of Programs
Phone: 484-919-2595