Educators & Students

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips invite middle and high school students to connect with the Museum without leaving their desks. During these field trips, students are introduced to U.S. Army history through artifacts, primary sources, and personal Soldiers’ Stories.

The Revolutionary War Soldier’s Load: Profiles of an Army 

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American Soldiers at Yorktown in 1781 as depicted by Jean-Baptiste-Antoine deVerger. Brown University.

Over 200,000 Americans served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. These diverse individuals came together to eventually form a functioning and professional Army. Join us to explore how American patriots worked together to create the Continental Army by examining the uniforms, equipment, and weapons of Revolutionary War Soldiers.<
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The Question of “What if?” – The U.S. Army During the Cold War

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Honest John Rocket (Left) Construction of the Berlin Wall (Center) Davey Crockett Nuclear Missile System (Right).U.S. Army Center of Military History.

During World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States worked together to fight a common enemy; and after the war that relationship fell apart. Trust between the former allies broke down and fear took hold in its place. This mutual mistrust lead the two countries to confront the looming question of “what if?” That question would color the relationship between the two for the next 50 years. As a result, the Army developed new technology, equipment, and training to better protect Americans from the possibilities and threats posed by the “what if?”

In this virtual field trip, you will learn how Soldiers worked together to keep the “what if?” from becoming a reality during the Cold War.

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The Civil War Soldier’s Load

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An unknown Union Soldier poses for a photo with a full load. Note the musket, bayonet, and knapsack.Library of Congress.

The Civil War consumed the United States from 1861 to 1865. Tens of thousands of Soldiers endured hardships and challenges to carry out the Army’s military mission to preserve the Union. The items Soldiers carried into the field were invaluable to performing their duty and executing the Army’s mission.

Join a Museum educator to explore the gear, weapons, and personal items that made up a Civil War Soldier’s Load.
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The Accomplishment of the ENIAC and the Women Computing Pioneers

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Marlyn Wescoff (standing) and Ruth Lichterman wire the right side of the ENIAC with a new program. U.S. Army Photo from the archives of the ARL Technical Library.

Winning World War II required an all-out effort. Thousands of women on the home front answered their country’s call to join the military, industry, and the civil service. In 1943, the U.S. Army recruited seven women mathematicians to set up and operate the Army’s newest top secret weapon: the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). These unsung heroes wired the electrical connections that enabled the world’s first electronic, digital computer to complete 300 calculations per second. In doing so, they built a framework for the field of computer programming.

Discover how female “computers” solved complex problems, contributing to Army innovation during World War II.
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Making a Way Out of No Way:  The African American Soldier Experience in World War II
Black and white photo of African American military police during World War II lined up for inspection with a white officer walking down the line.

Generations of African Americans have served their country, many serving in segregated units and not always given the respect and honor due to them. Although African Americans fought with distinction in World War II, they returned home to a segregated America. In 1948, President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981, which called for equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces. The segregated Army became a thing of the past and the segregation of American society began to crumble.Explore the commitment, challenges, and bravery of African American Soldiers serving during World War II.
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