Teaching the Stories of Prisoners of War

Sacrifice, courage, and perseverance are all values that can be learned from the prisoner of war experience. The park offers a series of lesson plans, field trip programs, and primary source materials designed to help students of all ages to better understand prisoners of war and the Andersonville Prison.

Please read our 2014-2015 Field Trip Planner for program offerings and details before planning a field trip to Andersonville.

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Park ranger talks with students at the prison site

Plan A Field Trip

Learn more about ranger-led and teacher-led activities to help students understand the experiences of Union Prisoners of war held at Andersonville.

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Decorated Memory Stars

Memory Star Project

Help us collect 13,000 stars from classrooms, families and community members across the country; one star for each life lost at Andersonville.

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Historic drawing of the Wirz trial

Wirz Trial Lesson Plan

This mock trial lesson plan has been designed based on the historic Wirz Trial transcript. Lead your class in an examination of the laws of war.

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Curriculum cover image showing exhibit title panels

Victory from Within: The American POW Experience

Victory From Within is a middle/high school curriculum intended to engage youth about the sacrifices made by American prisoners of war.

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Students examine a historic monument

Interview a Monument

This activity allows students to explore the monuments in the cemetery and to gain an understanding as to how and why people chose to build them.

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