Arlington National Cemetery Education Program

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Arlington National Cemetery's new Education Program aims to teach our in-person and online visitors about the rich and unique history of these hallowed grounds. Through honoring, remembering and exploring the lives memorialized at Arlington, the diverse stories of the American people can be better understood. 

Materials are designed for a variety of audiences: lifelong learners of all ages, families with children, teachers and students. 

Visitors to the cemetery can guide themselves on our new walking tours; those who cannot visit in person can explore history and individual life stories through curated readings; and teachers can use our lesson plans, tailored for specific grade levels, in the classroom. 

Over the next five years, ANC will develop and distribute a total of 27 educational modules, with themes that range from the United States’ military conflicts to the contributions of American service members in the arts, medicine, politics, science and technology, and more.

ANC is seeking lifelong learners, families with children and K-12 teachers to try out and evaluate our initial educational materials from now through March 31, 2020. Two instructional "modules" — on the Spanish-American War and the African American Experience at Arlington National Cemetery — are now available. Modules include visually rich presentations, lesson plans and classroom assignments, suggested readings and self-guided walking tours.

EdScreenshot1637160034248604642Topics for the Spanish-American War module include:

  • 1898 and American global expansion
    • What is America? — defining a changing nation
  • Nurses on the battlefield

Topics for the African American Experience at Arlington National Cemetery module include: 

  • Freedman's Village, the Civil War and emancipation
  • The Tuskegee Airmen and other celebrated black military units
  • Segregation and civil rights

Interested in the program? You may download these materials free of charge, in return for taking a survey and providing feedback to help shape the future of Arlington National Cemetery's educational efforts. 

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