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FREE! 100 Years Ago: An Exploration of America’s Role in WWI

from Army Women's Museum

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In April 1917, the United States ended isolationism and
entered a war it had been avoiding for years. 
With the President Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war, over 4 million
“doughboys” volunteered or were drafted for service in the U.S. Army.  In addition, thousands of women answered the
call to serve – providing skilled labor both at home and abroad.  Learn about these patriots by exploring artifacts
and archives from the U.S. Army Women’s Museum collection.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Army Women's Museum

Fort Lee, VA
United States

The U.S. Army Women's Museum serves as an educational institution, providing military history training and instruction to soldiers, veterans and the civilian community. The museum is the custodian and repository of artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations of the U.S. Army from inception to the present day. The museum collects, preserves, manages, interprets and exhibits these unique artifacts as a means to provide training and educational outreach.

Dr. Francoise Bonnell

Program Details


The program opens with an introduction to the U.S. Army Women’s Museum and a brief review of the role of museums, artifacts and archives.
Students then engage in an overview/review of WWI with an analysis of music written about the war.
Students are then introduced to the American “doughboy” through the use of artifacts and archives.
The role of women at home and abroad is explored through archives.
A study of the social impacts of The Great War and the service of American men and women, particularly the passage of the 19th Amendment, concludes the lesson.


The purpose of this lesson is to have students understand fundamental concepts of history during WWI, as they are introduced to the changing role of the United States in World History in the early 1900s through the eyes of Americans who served during this time period. Artifacts and archives are the basis of this lesson.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RH.9 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RL.4 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RH.1 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational TextNSS-USH.5-12.7 ERA 7: THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA (1890-1930)

State Standards

Virginia Standards of Learning
USII.5.C The student will demonstrate knowledge of the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by explaining the reasons for the United States’ involvement in World War I and its international leadership role at the conclusion of the war.
VUS.9.b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the emerging role of the United States in world affairs by evaluating United States involvement in World War I, including Wilson’s Fourteen Points, the Treaty of Versailles, and the national debate over treaty ratification and the League of
WHII.10a, b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War I by
a) explaining economic causes, political causes, and major events and identifying major leaders of the war, with emphasis on Woodrow Wilson and Kaiser Wilhelm II;
b) explaining the outcomes and global effect of the war and the Treaty of Versailles.