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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Students from Near and Far Come to Learn About the Pacific War

By Rich Koone, Education Director at the National Museum of the Pacific War

As you might expect, May was a busy month for the Education Department at the National Museum of the Pacific War. We had more than 2,000 students and chaperones from 38 schools visit us throughout the month. Most of them were from the San Antonio and Austin area, but this month they are also coming from as far away as Corpus Christi, Midland, and Fort Worth. We even had a group from Chicago visit in April.

As the educator here at the museum, the best part of my job is interacting with the students while I am conducting the living history program. Kids really do say the strangest things! When I am going over naval ship terminology and ask the students what the bathroom on a ship is called, there is always one student who answers, “the poop deck.”

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property located in Fredericksburg and is supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The site is part of the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

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