The Museum Presents New Online Youth Programming
(Fredericksburg, Texas) The National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) recently launched several online programs that bring the museum’s mission to life via educational exploration for youth. The museum just launched two programs, Nimitz Minitz and Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War. Nimitz Minitz are short, three to seven minute videos geared for elementary and middle school students. The second, Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War, are video episodes for children age 12 and up that focus on a particular point of WWII in the Pacific, or a targeted exploration of specific Museum artifacts or exhibits. Both series will be hosted on the Museum’s YouTube channel.
Nimitz Minitz videos will be posted twice weekly. The first episode examines the F4U Corsair airplane, how it flies and the significance of the plane’s design to the success of its missions. Episode two focuses on the personal gear that was issued to a new recruit when someone entered the military for combat in World War II.
This week, the Museum introduced the first of eight segments of Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War. The first segment covers Pearl Harbor which prompted the U.S. entry into WWII. It features archival photos and key artifacts such as the HA-19 Japanese Midget Submarine and the hatch from the USS Arizona.
“We miss our guests, and want to provide them with the education and opportunities to explore our museum that they deserve,” says NMPW Director, Rorie Cartier. “This new digital programming allows us to not only educate about important events of World War II in the Pacific, but also to show off our exhibits and artifacts which represent the personal stories behind the major events.”
The museum is implementing a regular, weekly schedule to post its digital content, which includes existing web-based programs in addition to the new videos. NMPW will highlight an oral history of a WWII veteran each week on its blog and social media – these oral histories are currently available to the public on the Museum’s website. They will also launch a Facebook livestream program to be aired at the same day and time each week.
While the new video programming debuted on April 7, the full weekly schedule begins April 20:
Monday – Oral History Spotlight posted on NMPW blog
Tuesday – Nimitz Minitz posted on YouTube
Wednesday – Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War posted on YouTube
Thursday – Nimitz Minitz posted on YouTube
Friday – Facebook Livestream (time to be announced)
NMPW has additional opportunities for online learning and activities such as the Four Freedoms art competition, currently in progress, and “Write your own ending” which will be rolled out in the weeks to come. For more museum resources for distance learning, check out pacificwarmuseum.org/discover/distance-learning/.
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About the National Museum of the Pacific War
The National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW), founded in 1967, is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II. The Museum annually welcomes more than 100,000 visitors, including at least 15,000 students from across the state. The museum sits on six acres in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas featuring three galleries with more than 55,000 square feet of exhibit space, 40 media installations, approximately 900 artifacts, 15 macro-artifacts, and hundreds of photographs. The Museum is a Texas Historical Commission Property, managed and supported by The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit http://www.pacificwarmuseum.org. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.