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  • Curriculum cover showing images of prisoners of war

    The Victory From Within (VFW) Curriculum is a companion middle/high school curriculum for the traveling exhibit “Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience.” The Curriculum is designed to accompany the traveling exhibit, but it can also be utilized with a visit to the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site or as a standalone curriculum.

    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Civil War, Cold War, Law, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, World War I, World War II
    National/State Standards:
    The VFW Curriculum design is based on the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
  • historic photo of Americans landing on a foggy Attuan beach

    In early June 1942, America had cause for jubilation and despair. The war news told of coordinated attacks by the Japanese on Midway and the Aleutian islands. At the Battle of Midway, American planes sunk four Japanese aircraft carriers and destroyed or hundreds of planes. But in the Aleutians, the Japanese bombing had been successful, and they occupied the islands of Attu, Agattu, and Kiska. Learn about America's recovery of these remote islands.

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  • Uniformed soldiers disembarking from a vessel, onto the shore

    Few people know that the only World War II battle fought on U.S. soil took place in Alaska, or that Japanese forces occupied two Aleutian Islands for more than a year. Still fewer know of the Russian pilots who trained in Fairbanks, the workers who risked their lives building the Alaska Highway, or the Alaska Scouts who patrolled the Bering Sea coast. The lives of Alaskans were forever changed by the experience of war, and the history of that dramatic era is still being written.

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  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

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