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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host a free public program on Ap...
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The Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) receives Congressional grants (Funds for the Improvement of Education) for programs and resources to benefit K-12 history students, teachers and administrators across America from US Department of Education and other sponsoring organizations.
Voices of the Past Speak to the Future encompasses educational programs and teaching materials based on the holdings of the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) in Carlisle, PA. AHEC’s U.S. Army Military History Institute (MHI) is one of the world’s largest repositories of primary source materials for American and military history, reflecting the nation’s rich cultural heritage from America’s colonial period to the present. As the Army’s archive for its non-official history, the Institute holds over fourteen million items that document the history of the United States, the U.S. Army and military history. The AHEC’s Army Heritage Museum (AHM) holdings include artifacts connected to the archival materials donated to the MHI that flesh out the written word with objects used by the individual Soldier.
The 1988 report of the Bradley Commission on History in Schools recommended that states and school districts implement a social studies curriculum requiring no less than four years of history between grades 7-12. The Commission also recommended that history be the core of the social studies program between grades K-6.
The Voices of the Past Speak to the Future project continues to fulfill the goals of making history accessible and engaging as recommended in the report and National Standards for History.
The programs and resources of the Foundation demonstrate the value of using primary source material, in the form of personal diaries, oral histories, personal letters, photographs and artifacts from the Army Heritage and Education Center collections. The teaching tools include CD-ROMs, a DVD and accompanying book, primary source documents and posters that reflect the service and impact of the Army on the nation. The tools link to the National and State Standards for the Teaching of History and related disciplines.
School-to-Career Program/Cooperative Education Program
Junior or Senior year High School students interested in pursuing studies leading to careers in history related fields may serve a semester internship/apprenticeship with the Foundation. Students are given the opportunity to explore potential careers and gain skills that will enable them to become successful working citizens.
During the semester, the students enhance their educational experience by incorporating an experiential component into their academic curriculum. Students interested in applying for the high school internship are encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Education Department to discuss opportunities available.
High School Senior Projects
Many school districts require high school students to pursue an internship outside the class room that will provide insight into possible career channels or to give back to the community. The Senior Project is a unique opportunity for students to explore fields that interest them and to experience work and volunteer environments. The program encourages students to stretch their abilities and to apply their skills and knowledge in new ways. Senior projects blend traditional core and performance-based skills in a rigorous exit program. High School students in their Junior or Senior years are encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Education Department to explore focused and engaging projects to fulfill the high school requirement.