National History Day contracted by the American Battle Monuments Commission for Domestic Education Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) in partnership with the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University was awarded a contract with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to develop an education program for World War II. The purpose of this contract is to create a Teacher Institute on the Teaching of World War II in Northern Europe that will result in sound lesson plans and teaching ideas that utilize ABMC’s sites and resources.

“The mission of National History Day is to help students understand how past events influence how we live today, and this directly aligns with ABMC’s goals of educating students about WWII and the sacrifices made by service men and women,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Our goal is that through this work, students’ understanding of WWII is expanded, and high-quality resources that are useful to teachers are developed.”

As part of this contract, ABMC will fund and support a core group of middle and high school teachers tasked with developing a curriculum illuminating the service, experiences and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen during World War II in Northern Europe. The teaching materials developed will be based on solid scholarship, integrate common core and state standards, and make use of interpretive materials provided by ABMC. These materials may be adopted by individual schools, districts or states to create a history lab environment in which educators and students “do history” and in so doing reinforce, expand upon, and develop new ideas that use the rich content and resources of ABMC sites in their curriculum.

NHD will assist the ABMC in developing best practice models of interactive teaching across disciplines and compliment the educational mission and visitor experience at ABMC sites in Northern Europe (England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands). These teaching resources will integrate current ABMC initiatives including web-based interactive maps and timelines, mobile applications, virtual tours, and the agency website and burial databases.

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NHD is a non-profit education organization based out of College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into local affiliate contests, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by the HISTORY®, Kenneth E. Behring, Weider History Group, Inc., WEM Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Southwest Airlines. For more information about NHD, visit

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