Education Links

General Military History

History Institute at FPRI
The First Division Museum at Cantigny has hosted several weekend-long History Institute conferences for teachers. Topics have included The Role Of The Military In America's (Domestic) History, What Students Need to Know about America's Wars, and Teaching Military History, Why and How.

Civil War

Civil War In Art – Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Connections
Have you ever looked at a painting or sculpture and wondered, “Why was this created?” or “When was this made?” Questions like these remind us that works of art can tell powerful stories about the time and place in which they were made. Art made in response to the American Civil War (1861–1865) is no exception. This website allows us to explore a wide range of art depicting or relating to the war between the Union and the Confederacy—the most deadly war in the history of the United States.


Service Learning Project - World War I


Vietnam War: Prelude to the Tet Offensive
Presentation from the DuPage Valley Social Studies Conference, March 2, 2012.
By Paul Herbert, Executive Director of the First Division Museum

The Vietnam Center and Archive
This site has a wealth of digital materials teachers can use in lessons and students can use in research. It is a large website. The information below can guide you.
Click here to start at the DIGITAL MATERIALS tab. You can jump right in and start browsing the massive collection. I suggest you scroll down and start with a subject guide. Agent Orange and Searches for Teachers are both interesting.
Click here to view ONLINE EXHIBITS.

Ball State Oral History Project
The Cantigny First Division Oral Histories digital collection includes forty high definition video oral history interviews with veterans of the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division, commonly known as the 'Big Red One.' The goal of the project was to preserve the memories of the soldiers whose military service occurred around the globe since World War II. The interviews were conducted with veterans then residing in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The interviews are around an hour long. A great advantage of this site is that you can read the transcript as you watch the interview.

Medal of Honor: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice
These are the BEST oral history interviews to use in the classroom. They are short (5-10 minutes) and well edited to keep student interest. This site has excellent lesson plans for including these interviews into class time.
The heading link will bring you to the main page for the curriculum. You need to register on the site to get to all the great resources. You only have to do this once. It is WORTH IT!

Maps from the United States Military Academy at West Point
These maps are high-resolution and easy to understand. This is the first place to check when looking for a military map.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Echoes From The Wall Teachers Guide- This teacher's guide is available free of charge to every middle and high school in America. It provides students with historical information about the Vietnam War as well as an understanding of leadership, citizenship and character.
Click here to view table of contents
Hometown Heroes: A Service Learning Project - The goal of the project is to collect photos and stories of those on The Wall and those who returned.
Click here to download

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