Museum of World War II Awarded Major Cummings Foundation Grant

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$100,000 grant will help Boston museum develop dynamic education program for students, teachers

One of our primary goals through the Museum is to influence how World War II history is taught in schools, and to bring a deeper and truer understanding of the reality of war to students and teachers alike.

The Museum of World War II announced today it has received a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation to develop a World War II education program. The program will include hands-on field experiences for students, professional development workshops for teachers, and utilize technology to enhance interaction with the Museum’s original artifacts.

“We are honored to be selected by the Cummings Foundation for this notable grant, “said Kenneth Rendell, founder and director of the Museum of World War II. “One of our primary goals through the Museum is to influence how World War II history is taught in schools, and to bring a deeper and truer understanding of the reality of war to students and teachers alike. This grant will enable us to use original documents and artifacts from World War II to educate schools in a more meaningful and authentic way.”

The Museum of World War II houses more than 7,000 artifacts and 500,000 documents, making it the most comprehensive collection of World War II artifacts in the world. Artifacts on display include Hitler’s sketchbooks and watercolors, Churchill’s wartime siren suit, the draft of the Munich Agreement, George Patton’s battle helmet, and the orders to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“As we approach the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Americans will feel the daily presence and relevance of the war even more,” said Marshall Carter, newly-appointed director of education for the Museum of World War II. “This grant will not only help enhance education about this pivotal era in American history, but also ensure we serve a larger, more diverse student population – making it possible for them to know the War from the perspective of the individual – whether that individual is a world leader, or a soldier.”

Carter will be responsible for developing and testing student and teacher-focused education programs, aimed at bringing students from seventh to 12th grade into direct, multi-sensory contact with original World War II documents and artifacts. The Museum’s ultimate goal is to build an education center in Natick to support these dynamic programs.

The Museum is one of 100 Massachusetts nonprofits to receive a grant through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program, and was chosen from more than 350 applicants. Additional information about the grant program is available at http://www.CummingsFoundation.org.

About The Museum of World War II

The Museum of World War II is a not for profit museum located in Natick, Massachusetts. Founded in 1999 by Kenneth W. Rendell, one of the world's premier dealers in autographs, letters and manuscripts, the Museum features over 7,000 World War II artifacts, making it the most comprehensive collection in the world. The Museum of World War II serves as a sacred mission to: preserve the lives and heroic actions of those who fought on the battle fronts and home fronts to destroy the evil of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan; show the heroism of people who left peaceful lives to defend their country and to liberate the conquered; and save the reality of those who saved the world. For more information please visit http://www.museumofworldwarii.com.

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