Thank You for Participating in the iHistory WW2 Video Contest!

By: Heather Van Allen & Jeffrey Worthington

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Thank you to all who participated in the iHistory WW2 Video Contest!  We received video interview submissions from students all across the nation!  The involvement of teachers, parents, and others who showed a desire to help teens preserve the stories connected to such an important period of U.S. and world history was fantastic!

Submissions will be reviewed in Washington D.C. the first week of December.  Online public viewing and voting of the 3-5 minute videos will be January 6-17, 2014.

We would especially like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the WWII veterans who were a part of this project, and also for their service to our country!

Do you have a story about your experience in interviewing your veteran, or what you learned by participating in the contest?  Please send us your stories and feedback at: info@ihistoryproject.org and we may use it in a future blog.

Again, thank you for your entries to the iHistory WW2 contest!  You have made a positive mark on history!

For updates visit the iHistory WW2 website (www.ihistoryprojectww2.org), and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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Enter Today for a Chance to Win A Blackmagic Cinema Camera Prize – iHistory WW2 Video Contest for Students

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 ContestGetInline-6

Today is your final day to enter the iHistory WW2 Contest!  If you have already interviewed a veteran and edited your 3-5minute video, you just need to:

1. Export your full interview, to an acceptable file format (resolution 720×480), and burn the video file onto a disc.  Mail the disc and required paperwork to the address on your ‘Cover Letter’, in Step 5 of the registration.  Your packet must be postmarked TODAY, November 20, 2013.

2. Then, upload your 3-5 minute video to our website, in Step 6 of the registration. This video can be pretty much any resolution, including 1920×1080, in any format accepted by YouTube. The file cannot exceed 500MB in size. Your upload must be complete by 11:59 PM EST, TONIGHT.

We will review both the video interview and your 3-5 minute video the first week of December. Online public voting is going to be January 6-17, 2014.

Prizes, with an approximate total value of $11,000, will be awarded to the top five films that demonstrate excellence in editing and creative storytelling.  The Grand Prize winner and his or her school will each receive a package which includes a Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens.  Winners will be announced on or about February 2014.  See Official Rules for details.

Register now to get started at:  www.Heroes-WW2.org

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Submissions Deadline November 20th – Enter the iHistory WW2 Teen Video Contest

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

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Thanks to all of you who are participating in and promoting the iHistory WW2 Contest! We are very excited that across the country teens, educators, veterans, and their families have been spreading the word about the contest!  Thank you!

Submissions end soon, so start putting the finishing touches on your edited version of your 3-5 minute video.

Remember to get to the Post Office before they close next Wednesday to MAIL the full length 30+ minute interview.  It must be postmarked by Nov. 20, 2013.

Remember also that the deadline for the 3-5 minute video ONLINE submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. ( 8:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.) We suggest you do not wait until the last minute in case you have trouble uploading the video file.

Have a family member, teacher, or friend go over the check-list with you to double-check that ALL the required items, rules, and guidelines have been completed before submitting your entries. Don’t be disqualified for overlooking something.

Remember that you can put a creative edge in your entry by using the FREE resources (including musicfootage, and editing tools) provided for you on our website! Of course, you can use other resources as well as long as your have their permission.

To learn how to enter the contest and view the Official Rules, please visit: http://www.heroes-ww2.org

Veterans Day Conference 2013 – iHistory WW2 Teen Video Contest

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

Highlights from visiting the Veterans Day Conference in Washington DC last weekend, which was organized by one of our sponsors, the American Veterans Center!

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WWII veteran, William J. Fili, talking with students during the American Veterans Center’s Veterans Day Conference in Washington DC.
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Project Director, Jeffrey Worthington, at the iHistory WW2 both.
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Cpl. Chester Nez speaking to a room mostly of young high school students, ROTC, and military service men and women. Chester is the last surviving veteran of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, the famed Native American Marines who relayed encoded messages in the Pacific Theater of war.

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Cpl. Chester Nez is the last surviving veteran of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, the famed Native American Marines who relayed encoded messages in the Pacific Theater of war.
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The audience gave Cpl. Nez a well deserved standing ovation!
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To learn more about Chester Nez visit:
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Megan Harris of the Library of Congress moderated a discussion with WWII veteran, William J. Fili. Fili is a veteran of 34 aerial combat missions and gunner on the B-24 Liberator “Destiny Deb,” later shot down over Ploiesti, Romania. Taken prisoner, he was rescued six months later in a massive two-day airlift.

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A panel of Tuskegee Airmen, including Calvin Spann, a Combat pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron, a part of the 332nd Fighter Group under the command of Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.. Spann flew 26 combat missions before the end of the war in Europe and terminated his tour of duty in Italy.

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We are proud to that Cpl. Chester Nez is a New Mexico resident, and grateful to him for stopping for a picture with iHistory founder, Jeffrey Worthington.

Remember that submissions are due by November 20th, 2013.  To learn how to enter the contest and view the Official Rules, please visit: http://www.heroes-ww2.org

WWII Museums Around the US – iHistory WW2 Student Video Contest

By: Heather Van Allen & Jeffrey Worthington

A great way to enhance your experience in learning about history—while making it fun, too—is to visit a museum. Several American WWII museums dot the States and offer various options for learning about the war in ways that go beyond what any text book can provide. Highlighted below are a few locations in different parts of the country for you to consider.

National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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The National WWII Memorial website says: “The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis.” Operated by the National Park Service, the memorial “honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home.”

The memorial is beautifully designed with a waterfall cascading over the bold stars representing our fallen WWII servicemen and women.  Each state is also represented with a tall pillar and a permanent decorative wreath.  Almost daily you will often find WWII veterans or their family members being photographed in front of their state’s pillar.

The website also features the World War II Registry, which electronically lists the names of Americans who contributed to the war effort.

For more information about visiting the WWII Memorial, visit www.nps.gov/nwwm

The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA

The exhibits of the National WWII Museum allow visitors to “experience the war through the eyes of the men and women who lived it,” highlighting the world leaders as well as the everyday contributors.

Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, Calif.

The Palm Springs Air Museum houses one of the largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft in the world. Currently, many of the volunteer docents available to give museum tours and answer visitors’ questions are WWII veterans.

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas

The mission of the National Museum of the Pacific War is, “preserve, teach, interpret, and honor. …To teach present and future generations the history of the Pacific War and to honor Admiral Nimitz and all who served in that war.”

Dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II, the museum includes the George Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Pacific Combat Zone, Plaza of Presidents, Memorial Courtyard, Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Nimitz Education and Research Center (opening soon).

While this is just a sampling, the Museum & Memorial Guide, at military.com, offers a list of WWII Museums and Memorials located in several states in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii.

Tips for Planning a Trip to a WWII Museum

Look in your local area. Consider visiting a museum or memorial near your home to make planning and traveling the easiest. It may just be a matter of a car ride and a day trip.

Contact the museum before you travel. Visit the website for the museum and call to verify that the attraction is open for business. Open dates and hours vary from museum to museum, and some operate on seasonal schedules and close during certain parts of the year.

Work a stop into a family trip. Is your family already planning an out-of-town vacation? Check in advance to see if there is a WWII museum or memorial near your destination. Ask your parents to consider taking your family to visit the attraction while you are on your trip.

Suggest a school field trip. Who knows? Your history teacher may still be deciding on field trip options. Send a hint his or her way that a visit to a WWII museum or memorial in your area  might be a fun, as well as educational, experience for your class.

Veterans Day Conference – iHistoy WW2 Contest Booth at US Navy Memorial – Video Contest for Students

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

Do you love military history and live in the Washington DC area?  Come visit our iHistory WW2 Contest booth at the Veterans Day Conference by one of our sponsors, the American Veterans Center, at the US Navy Memorial.

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Founder/Director Jeffrey Worthington at the US Navy Memorial.
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FoxNews correspondent Jennifer Griffin hosts the Wounded Warrior Experience panel, opening night of the Veterans Day Conference in Washington DC.


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FoxNews correspondent Jennifer Griffin hosts the Wounded Warrior Experience panel, opening night of the Veterans Day Conference in Washington DC.

 

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Students applauding WWII Veteran, Donald Mates, as he recounts his night fighting experiences at Iwo Jima.

Remember that contest submissions are due November 20th, 2013.  To learn how to enter the contest and view the Official Rules, please visit: http://www.heroes-ww2.org

Getting Started – iHistory WW2 Video Contest for Students

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

Learn more at www.Heroes-WW2.org
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Have you just heard about the iHistory WW2 Contest and wondering what it is all about?

Here is your challenge: Tell a story, and tell it well.

Veterans of World War II are relying on you. They lived through a remarkable period of America’s history, but the stories of what they experienced will soon be forgotten. It’s up to you, and students like you, to capture their stories on film. That’s what the iHistory WW2 contest is about.

Phase One of the contest began August 19, 2013 and runs until November 20, 2013 during which time students (ages 13-18) will film interviews of WWII veterans about their experiences during the war.  Students will then mail their WWII interviews to the Library of Congress to be archived as part of the Veteran’s History Project.  When you register, you will have access to instructions and guides that will help you find a veteran and conduct the interview, including a Sample Questionnaire.

The Worthington Foundation is proud to be working in cooperation with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project in helping preserve the legacy of American servicemen and women. The students’ full interviews of the veterans will be permanently archived in the American Folk Life Center of the Library of Congress.

Phase Two of the contest, students will compete for prizes by editing their copy of the full interview into a 3-5 minute mini-documentary (video essay).  Students will then submit their mini-documentary video to the contest via our website from October 1 through November 20, 2013.

Through our iHistory WW2 website (www.Heroes-WW2.org) we are providing free resources such as music, archival WWII footage, and editing tools to assist the students in transforming their interviews into creative 3-5 minute documentaries to submit for the contest.  The deadline for all submissions is November 20, 2013.

Criteria to be judged by online voting and a panel of qualified judges are:

  • A compelling story of personal sacrifice.
    • Coverage of any of these virtues: courage, perseverance, integrity, loyalty, honor, respect, leadership, humility, forgiveness, or overcoming prejudice.
    • Content to be accurate and informative.
    • Innovative and unique approaches to tell the story creatively.
  • Quality of production (clarity of audio, lighting, visual aesthetics, cinematography, music and sound effects appropriate to actions on the screen).
  • Quality of editing (continuity, pace to prevent boredom or negative adaptation, appropriate graphics).

Prizes, with an approximate total value of $11,000, will be awarded to the top five films that demonstrate excellence in editing and creative storytelling.  The Grand Prize winner and his or her school will each receive a package which includes a Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens.  Winners will be announced on or about February 2014.  See Official Rules for details.

Register now to get started at:  www.Heroes-WW2.org

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