Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom
The Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute
June 21-July 3, 2014
Read about the 2011 Normandy Scholars Institute in Soldier magazine here!
Summer Institute 2014
National History Day announces an exciting and unique summer institute for teachers and students. In June 2014, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Students and teachers will be immersed in lectures presented by leading World War II historians, participate in a scholarly study of the war memorials in the D.C. area and walk in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy. Students will study and make presentations on various aspects of the Normandy Campaign. The last day in Normandy will be a day of remembrance. The students will lay a wreath at the American Cemetery and present eulogies based on individual pre-institute research of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Application Process for Teams of Albert Small Scholars
The teachers will be selected by the National History Day committee based on the following materials:
Students will be selected by the teacher (suggested process):
Travel, room and board will be covered by the institute.
Because of the physicality of the institute all participants must be able to stand for 45 minutes and walk for at least two miles. In addition, the complexity of the institute’s logistics does not allow for families to accompany the selected participants.
Putting a Face to the Sacrifice of our World War II Veterans.
The major assignment for the students and teachers who went to Normandy was the Fallen Soldier Project. Each student/teacher team researched a soldier from their home state who fought at Normandy and paid the ultimate sacrifice. After exhaustive research the students and teachers created a website dedicated to their soldier's life and ultimate sacrifice. Please click on the web sites and see what stellar work the students and teachers did and read the poignant eulogies to their soldiers that were read at the graves of their unsung heroes.
PFC Pedro Rodón
Created by Charlyne Cuyar
Corporal Thomas Reed Smith, Jr.
Created by Karee Wicks
Staff Sergeant Harold John Ward
Created by Riley Ries
PFC William D. Dormire
Created by Ryan Seamus-Johnson
Sergeant Julius A. Houck
Created by David Huston
Bernard L. "Barney" Toobin
Created by Hannah Aris
First Sergeant Virgil "Bud" Brown
Created by Emma Campbell
Corporal Alton D. Poe
Created by Jenna Gilbertson
First Lieutenant Robert M. Follensbee
Created by Andrea Flores
Chief Motor Machinist's Mate George A. Kelly
Created by Abigail Woolsey
2nd Lt. Benjamin Hodges
Created by Benjamin Smart
Staff Sgt. Frederick D. Smith
Created by Timothy Cohn
First Lieutenant Roy Eisele
Created by Morgan Owen
Sergeant Allen P. Moberly
Created by Bradley Shoopman
PFC Virgil John Tangborn
Created by Mattilan Martin
NHD Normandy Web Site Archive
See past Normandy Scholar Web Sites on the New NHD Normandy Web Site Archive Page