KSU presents Family Weekend for history lovers Nov. 3-4

In an age ruled by all things electronic‚ the experience of children during World War II is…

Georgia (Nov 1, 2007) — KSU presents Family Weekend for history lovers Nov. 3-4

Jennifer Hafer


KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 1‚ 2007) — In an age ruled by all things electronic‚ the experience of children during World War II is as foreign to today’s youth as manually changing the television station.

Unlike today’s children‚ the children of WWII didn’t have iPods or TV remote controls‚ but rather were asked to ration everything from food to clothing as part of the Allied war effort. In an effort to honor the sacrifice of these children‚ the KSU Holocaust Education Program is bringing this history to life this weekend with a series of free‚ interactive activities and games‚ Nov. 3−4‚ from 1−5 p.m.

Activities will include:
An interactive‚ computer−based rationing activity;
Planting seeds in a Victory Garden; and
A scavenger hunt.

“We’re very excited about this program and are pleased to open a weekend each semester to accommodate children and their families‚” said program director Catherine Lewis‚ an associate professor of history and women’s studies. “The activities are very interactive and appropriate for anyone who loves learning about the past.”

KSU’s three signature history exhibitions –− “Parallel Journeys: World War II” and the “Holocaust Through the Eyes of Teens;” “V for Victory: Georgia Remembers World War II” and “The Butterfly Project” –− will be open for tours and hands−on activities.

Appropriate for ages 10 and up‚ visitors can participate in an activity in which they learn about what children recycled and conserved on the home front during World War II. There is also an opportunity to make a hand−made “butterfly” that will become part of a larger project coordinated by the Holocaust Museum Houston. “Walt Disney: On the Front Lines‚” a series of cartoons focused on building morale for the war effort‚ will be featured.

As a highlight‚ at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday‚ Dr. George Eisen will speak about his book‚ “Children and Play in the Holocaust: Games Among the Shadows.” Visitors will also have an opportunity to create their own games. Eisen is the director of study abroad programs at William Paterson University in Wayne‚ N.J.

All programs are free and accessible and refreshments will be provided. Large groups are welcome. For more information‚ contact the Holocaust Education Program at 678−797−2083.
More on KSU's three signature history exhibitions is available online at http://www.kennesaw.edu/paralleljourneys


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