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Explore Latino Experiences in World War II

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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, this month’s Calling All Teachers e-newsletter highlights resources for you and your students to explore Latinos’ varied World War II experiences.

You can introduce your students to Latinos’ WWII experiences through our Fact Sheet, then dig deeper into the stories of Latino war heroes and average soldiers as well as issues of ethnicity and acculturation on the Home Front with our Los Veteranos Virtual Field Trip.

Students can also listen to Latino veterans William Douglas Lansford and Rosemary Fagot recount their wartime experiences through the Museum’s Digital Collections. Lansford, a Marine who served in the Pacific Theater of Operations, and Fagot, a member of the Navy W.A.V.E.S. (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), were among the more than 500,000 Latinos who served in World War II.

The current Calling All Teachers also previews WWII AirPower Expo 2015, which takes place at New Orleans Lakefront Airport and is free for student groups on Friday, October 23. To RSVP for your desired time slot, email Shelbie Johnson.

If you are not able to visit the Expo’s restored planes and science and history activities, your class can explore WWII air power through Museum artifacts, oral histories, and images.

The October Calling All Teachers also includes information our popular STEM Field Trip and the limited number of trips available at no cost to Title 1 schools thanks to funding from Capitol One. Contact Meghan Sens by phone at 504-528-1944 ext 222 or by email to book your STEM trip.

Finally, this month’s Calling All Teachers provides you with one last chance to register for our free student webinar scheduled for 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT Thursday, October 8. This program will offer an inside look at the boats and ships of World War II, including the Museum’s current efforts to restore US Navy torpedo boat PT-305 to her wartime condition. Register today!

Learn more about our distance learning programs, and get more classroom resources and ideas by signing up for our free monthly e-newsletter Calling All Teachers and following us on Twitter @wwiieducation.

Post by Dr. Walter Stern, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator at The National WWII Museum. 


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