Ages 15-19 | Historic

Explore items from the Great War at the Nation’s only museum dedicated to the history of World War I.  Great exhibits of artillery & ammunition, movies that show the causes and consequences of the war, and ways that people in the U.S. helped during wartime.

Before Your Visit:

  • Visit PBS 'Great War' website for videos that highlight the events of World War I.  The sections labeled “Timeline” and “Maps & Battles” are very informative.
  • Most teens will have learned about World War I so get their input about what they would like to see at the museum.
  • If you want to visit the Observation Deck, call the museum to make sure it will be open (it does close in bad weather).

Explore the WW I Museum:

  • At the enterance of the museum, pay special attention to the 9,000 flowers.  Each one represents 1000 people who died in combat during the war; a total of nine million.
  • The museum has a great movie that highlights the events leading up to the war, “A World on Edge”.  The panoramic movie area also highlights an impressive wartime display.
  • The guns and ammunition allow visitors to see just how big things were during that time.
  • One of the most impressive exhibits at the museum are the life-size trenches.  Visitors can view and hear what life was like for soldiers who lived in the trenches.
  • The museum has some “Peanuts” comics featuring Snoopy and the Red Baron. Teens may have learned that the Red Baron is based on a real person(s). Ask them how they think Schultz’s comics helped during the war.
  • The museum has some great light tables that allow you to create your own war poster, see the inside of a machine gun and examine how camouflage can be used.
  • A walk-through crater exhibit shows what happened when a house was struck by a howitzer shell.
  • Memory Hall has a series of murals and maps.  There is also a bronze tablet that lists the 441 Kansas Citians who died in WWI, making the memorial a very personal experience.

Learn More: 

  "War horse" is a story of a horse and his owner, who are separated during the war.  It is being made into a movie and will be released in December 2011.

"And in the morning" is the account of a 15-year-old and the experiences he has fighting during WWI.

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Vist the only Presidential Library in the Kansas City area - the Harry S Truman Library & Museum.  As President Truman would say "The Buck Stops Here"!  See a replica of the Oval Office as it existed when Truman served, learn about the famous Whistlestop Tour and explore many interactive exhibits.

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Come experience what it was like to be a pioneer and travel the trails!  Help decide what travelers would pack in their wagon, read diary entries from kids who followed the trails west, and see wagon swales from years ago.

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Come learn how teens attending a one-room school took exams, graduated and prepared for college.  Find out where you would have to sit if you were a student in the ‘upper grades’, and what types of jobs you would need to do at the school (in addition to studying!). 

Before Your Visit:

  • Many teachers in one-room schools began at the age of 16, so show your teen the Rules for Teachers in 1872 from One Room Schoolhouses and ask them their thoughts on being a teacher and following the rules.
  • One-room schools still exist today.  View an online video from Scholastic about how one-room schools are adapting in 2011.
  • There is a cache on the trail located next to the schoolhouse - so if you like to geocache, bring your GPS or your cell phone with the GPS app.

Explore Lanesfield School:

  • Learn what types of responsibilities the kids in the 'upper grades' would have at the school.
  • Ask if it’s possible to use an ink pen to practice the cursive letters shown on the board.  It's not easy!
  • What subjects were not taught in one-room schools?  How did those who wanted to attend college prepare?
  • Find out why the one-room school stopped being used, and in what year? 
  • View the exhibits at the visitors center to learn about how teachers lived while they were assigned to the school, and see the types of school items that were used a century ago.
  • Visit the gift shop for some unique, nostalgic items.

Learn More About One-Room Schools:

  • The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck is a humorous look at life during one-room school days.
  • Listen to Podcasts from NPRs (National Public Radio) one-room schoolhouses that are still open in the U.S.
  • Try some online learning at Free Rice - practice your vocabulary and help feed the world! 

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Not all one-room schools area alike, here's some others in Kansas City that you can visit: