National History Day

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 6th- 12th-grade students.

The artifacts and Soldiers’ Stories at the National Museum of the United States Army provide a unique lens to explore how words, thoughts, or ideas are exchanged throughout history. These stories complement the 2021 National History Day theme: Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. They spark deeper investigation into the theme.

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Communication in History: The Key
to Understanding

Communication is foundational to the U.S. Army

Throughout its history, the U.S. Army has relied on a variety of methods to exchange information and ideas with Soldiers, the American public, and the global community. Whether on the ground, in the sky or in the command center, the ability to communicate clearly and concisely is vital to every Soldier.

The National Army Museum preserves and honors the accomplishments, sacrifices, challenges, and commitment of American Soldiers.

Left image is the satellite <em>Explorer 1</em>, a metal tube with a bullet-shaped nose, illuminated in a golden hue. The middle image is a photo of a taxidermy pigeon with a message capsule attached to his right leg. Right image is a black and white group photo of uniformed telephone operators who served in France during World War I.

Explorer 1 satellite, NASA. Pigeon Mocker, National Army Museum. Telephone operators of the U.S. Signal Corps, National Archives.

How do Soldiers’ stories relate to the theme of Communications in History: The Key to Understanding?

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