Visit a museum or historical monument every Monday and broaden your homeschool horizons. This week: the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.
Every Monday in the River Houses we pay a virtual visit to a notable museum or historical monument in the United States, all in keeping with our comfortable philosophy of “teaching with-out the curriculum.” Spend a few minutes exploring the place online with your students, look up its location your atlas (riverhouses.org/books), learn a new name or a new date, and your little lesson is done. Over the course of the year, almost without realizing it, your students will absorb a wealth of new cultural, historical, and geographical information—and so will you!
This week’s state-of-the-week is Missouri, so we’re going to pay a virtual visit to National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Here’s the museum’s own website, with photos, visitor information, online exhibits, and more:
“The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum fulfills its mission by: ⬩ Maintaining the Liberty Memorial as a beacon of freedom and a symbol of the courage, patriotism, sacrifice, and honor of all who served in World War I ⬩ Interpreting the history of World War I to encourage public involvement and informed decision-making ⬩ Providing exhibitions and educational programs that engage diverse audiences ⬩ Collecting and preserving historical materials with the highest professional standards.” (theworldwar.org/about-us)
The museum also has special educational resources for kids and families—just the thing for inquisitive homeschoolers:
“The National World War I Museum and Memorial offers programs and resources for families with children of all ages. These fun and engaging activities are designed to make the lessons of the Great War era meaningful and relevant to all generations.” (theworldwar.org/learn/kids-families)
What museum or historical monument has your homeschool visited lately? Tell us in the comments!
¶ Explore more: Your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books) has a list of U.S. national historic sites and monuments on pages 425–432 and a list of notable U.S. museums on pages 247–248. The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to the comprehensive America’s Parks website (americasparks.com), which also includes national historic sites, historic parks, landmarks, and memorials.