Thank you so much for everything today. Today was one of – if not the single – best field trips I’ve taken students on in the 6.25 years that I’ve been an educator. The students were so engaged in your collection, in pushing each other’s curiosity, and with you. You were amazing in how you spoke not to, but truly with the students. You had them all hanging on your every word and you helped make this real in a way I never could have. Thank you so much for everything. None of us will forget this and I hope to be able to return with a new group of 10th graders around this time next year if you’ll have us back.
Yours In Education,
“This is the best field trip I have even been on.”
-De LaSalle Middle School Student
The Rhode Island Based World War II Foundation Global Education Center Announces New Hours for the Public
The non-profit World War II Foundation Global Education Center, located at 344 Main Street in South Kingstown, RI announces its new schedule for public hours, taking effect on July 2nd. Appointments are no longer necessary to visit the center unless you are an educator planning a school field trip or a group larger than 10.
The new public hours for the World War II Global Education Center are:
Individual appointments can still be made for additional days and times. The cost is $15 for adults with kids 12 and under free. Each visitor will leave with a free WWII Foundation film.
“We are excited to have the World War II Foundation Global Education center open on a more consistent basis,” said Tim Gray, Founder of the World War II Foundation. “To date, we have already had several hundred students from around Rhode Island visit, in addition to groups from various organizations and many veterans of all wars and conflicts. Having the center open now, without the need to make an appointment, is the next phase of the process. We anticipate adding additional days and hours in the future, but right now we want to see what the demand will be,” Gray continued. “We have also hired a new Director of Operations to lead our expanded efforts.”
To date the World War II Foundation has produced 23 documentary films on World War II which rank in the top-10 of most requested programs nationally by PBS stations. Some of the narrators of WWII Foundation films, which range in length from 60 to 90 minutes include Bill Belichick, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Selleck, Gary Sinise, Matthew Broderick, David McCallum, Tim McCarver, Damian Lewis, Kyle Chandler and others.
The World War II Foundation Global Education Center officially opened in January of 2019 and includes thousands of artifacts from WWII, as well as a theatre that seats 35 and a library with over 500 World War II books. Additionally, the World War II Foundation is preparing to start a Podcast, to be produced live from the center and has purchased hand-held audio tour guides to give the visitor a more productive visit as they tour the center. For more information call 401- 644-8244 or visit www.wwiifoundation.org and click on the Education Center link.
There is no cost for school groups to visit the center. Each visitor to the education center will leave with a free World War II Foundation documentary film of their choice ($20 value).
Normal admission cost is $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. There is no cost to World War II veterans to tour the center.
Special rates are offered for non-educational groups of 10 or more.
The WWII Global Education Center Overview
The World War II Foundation Global Education Center welcomes school groups, educators, researchers and the public from around the United States to share with them, especially the students, an overview of the personal stories of the WWII generation.
The education center is very interactive and focused on preserving these stories so that future generations don’t forget the sacrifices of all those who served and survived, WWII. It will also impart the hard lessons of war and its cost to society.
The center’s curriculum is built upon the 22 films the WWII Foundation has produced to date for a global television audience, as well as the artifacts of WWII, more than 500 books which chronicle the stories of that generation and a small theater, seating 35 people, which is a central part of the education center’s visual learning component. The learning center does not glorify war but focuses on the people and their personal stories during that time period.
A treasure trove of critically important history.
God bless you for documenting so much over the years as you have.
All the best to you. Your pal, Gary Sinise
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Global Education Center Rules:
-No video or photography allowed
-No food or drink allowed
-Must make an appointment
-Must learn something that you didn’t already know about World War II
-Must take a free DVD home with you to learn more about the personal stories of WWII veterans and survivors
The Education Center utilizes the following to help share the personal stories of WWII:
-World War II Foundation Documentary Films-Both on location and on-demand globally
-World War II Artifacts
-Lectures by historians, authors, filmmakers and those from academia
-Veteran Q & A Events
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund
The State of Rhode Island
Mary and Walter Gray
The Surface Navy Association
The Rhode Island Foundation
Chip and Brenda Bolster
John and Julie Coduri
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