Free with Museum Admission
In observance of Veterans Day on Monday, learn all about the World War II era. Stop by the Museum to experience immersive family activities exploring the daily lives of soldiers and food on the warfront and home front. All visitors enjoy a free, tasty treat invented for WWII soldiers—M&Ms!
Join us any day this weekend to remember the service of veterans past and present! In conjunction with Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, meet soldiers and citizens from different wars portrayed by Living Historians—including members of a unique African American regiment each day. Listen to stories about life on and off the battlefield, discover uniforms and equipment, or try out an army drill from the American Civil War, the First World War, and the Second World War on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday respectively.
Activities around the Museum | 1–3 pm
“Fighting Foods:” How to Eat for Victory!
How was food an essential part of our victory? Visit interactive stations to learn how civilians and soldiers ate, grew, canned, or avoided foods during this turbulent but innovative era. Stations explore rationing on the home front, special food for soldiers, 1940s nutrition, and how a sugar-coated chocolate transformed from a soldier staple into a candy store favorite.
At these stations, handle original and reproduction WWII artifacts and learn how the country banded together to feed the troops and their families back home. At the final station, taste one of WWII’s most lasting contributions to the American diet: M&Ms!
Living History: WWII Men and Women in Uniform
AT-TEN-TION, kids! Step right up to meet Living Historians portraying some of the men and women who served in World War II. Explore how mail was sent to and from soldiers by meeting Living Historians portraying the 6888th Central Postal Battalion. This was the only all-black and all-woman battalion stationed overseas during World War II, responsible for getting mail to more than seven million Americans in the European Theater of Operations. Learn how they kept track of personnel, cared for damaged parcels, and fulfilled their motto: “No mail, no morale.”
You can also take flight to discover the daily life of military pilots and their crew 75 years ago. Living Historians from the Army Air Forces Historical Association share stories about life on the battle- and home-fronts alongside an interactive display. Explore authentic uniforms, test your strength by trying on a heavy flak vest or helmet, and find out how gunners kept warm at high altitudes when the windows were open.
This event is sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery and American Heritage Chocolate.