Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Hosts First Ever Living History Week in Honor of Veteran's Day

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From Nov. 5 through Nov. 9, history brought to life at Pacific Northwest Museum with 16 schools, 25 veterans and more than 150 artifacts and aircrafts

Together with Remembering America’s Heroes, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will host the first ever Living History Week from Nov. 5 through Nov. 9. More than 25 of our nation’s veterans are involved with Living History Week and will share their stories with youth in the community.

Living History Week includes the following activities throughout each day of the program:

  • Speaker sessions, where small pairings of veterans speak to classrooms of students about their experiences
  • Luncheon with students and veterans
  • Impressive museum experience where students get to view military memorabilia and artifact collectors

Each day will culminate with an Assembly of Honor, resembling a USO Show, which includes performances by students and professional performers, words of inspiration and special recognition of our veterans.

Additionally, on the evening of Monday, Nov. 5, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will host a dinner event honoring prisoners of war.

Living History Week was developed based on Living History Day, which was the country’s largest and most comprehensive school program honoring veterans. To expand upon Living History Day’s educational opportunities, the event was this year extended to a week.

Sixteen schools, colleges and student programs from the region have committed to participating in the event this year, including:

  • McMinnville High School
  • Newberg High School
  • Dayton High School
  • Gervais High School
  • Yamhill-Carlton High School
  • Willamina High School
  • Amity High School
  • Sheridan High School
  • Reynolds JROTC
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Jefferson High School
  • David Douglas High School
  • Horizon Christian High School
  • North Salem JROTC
  • Oregon City JROTC
  • McNary JROTC
  • Chemekata Community College
  • Linfield College

The impressive group of veterans that will speak with the students come from all over the U.S. and include Pearl Harbor survivors, Tuskegee airmen, a Freedom Rider, United Mexican-American Veterans, a Navajo Code-Talker, National Commander American Indian Veterans, Bataan Death March Survivors, the highest living decorated American veteran and the highest ranking Hispanic-American general, among many others.

For more information or to make a contribution, please contact Veteran/Military Outreach Coordinator for the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Ken Buckles at 503-434-4185 or ken(dot)buckles(at)sprucegoose(dot)org .

About Remembering America’s Heroes
Remembering America's Heroes (RAH) provides education to youth and the community so they can understand and appreciate the value and cost of freedom. Beginning 17 years ago, RAH was originally known for Milwaukie High School's Annual Living History Day, which was the biggest and most comprehensive school program honoring veterans in the U.S. Since 2001, RAH has taken the Living History Day concept to 17 different schools in Oregon and consulted many more all over the U.S. http://www.rahusa.us/

About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world’s largest wooden flying boat, the “Spruce Goose,” the SR-71 “Blackbird,” and the Titan II SLV Missile. In addition, there are more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

In June 2011, the Museum opened the Wings & Waves Waterpark, an educational Waterpark that includes four waterslides, a wave pool and a children’s museum dedicated to teaching students about the power of water.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit http://www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.

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