Outreach Programs

At the MacArthur Memorial, we believe that history is an exciting, invaluable part of any education. To provide “windows” into the past, the Memorial’s education programs utilize a wealth of unique historical materials contained in the museum’s collections, exhibits, and archives. 

The MacArthur Memorial offers a variety of outreach programs. We are happy to work with teachers to arrange an outreach for any group or class. Outreach programs involve PowerPoint presentations and feature artifacts and documents from the MacArthur Memorial collection. 

All outreach programs are FREE.  

For more information contact the Education Manager 
Email: Amanda Williams | Phone: 757-441-2965 

Programs Grade Level Description
World War II Traveling Footlockers All Ages

In partnership with the Verizon Foundation, the MacArthur Memorial is offering a new education program: World War II Traveling Footlockers. These Traveling Footlockers contain artifacts from World War II that will give students insight into the lives of average Americans on the battlefield and on the homefront.

The Life and Times
of General Douglas MacArthur
All Ages

Douglas MacArthur was born in the midwest, at a time when outlaws like Jesse James were alive and when electric lights were being installed for the first time. By the time MacArthur died, it was an age of nuclear powers, jetliners, and television.

This program uses the life and achievements of General MacArthur to explore the dramatic changes that took place in American history from 1880-1964.

World War II in the Pacific
6th Grade and up This program covers the basic history of World War II in the Pacific Theater and General MacArthur’s service. Students will understand the causes of the war with Japan, identify the major players, and examine how the role of the United States in Asia evolved as a result of this conflict.

SOL Reinforcement: USII.1a, b, i; USII.7; WHII.1a; WHII.12; VUS.1a, h, i; VUS.11
Hunter, Hunted, Home Front 6th Grade and up This program teaches students about life on board submarines in the Pacific during World War II and addresses the impact of World War II on the home front. Students will understand how the United States mobilized its resources for the war, and how civilians, regardless of age, gender, or race, contributed to the war effort. This program is offered in partnership with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

SOL Reinforcement: USII.7; VUS.12
Winning the Peace:
MacArthur and the
Occupation of Japan

8th Grade and up Considering the bitter fighting that took place in the Pacific during World War II, in 1945 the occupation of Japan was a daunting prospect. This program evaluates the success of the occupation and examines its impact on our world today.

SOL Reinforcement: WHII.12c
Current Events:
The Korean War
8th Grade and up

Although considered the “Forgotten War,” the Korean War is significant because it marked a very important shift in American foreign policy. This program explains the causes and major events of the war and also makes connections between the Korean War and current events in the news. Students are encouraged to discuss how the events of the Korean War continue to impact our lives today.

SOL Reinforcement: USII.7; WHII.12; VUS.11a, e; Visual Arts 7.30; 8.17, 20; AI.29

The Right to Fight:
African-American Military Service
All Ages This program highlights the service and accomplishments of African-American servicemen and women from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.
Women and the Military All Ages This program explores the various ways women have served our country at war and at peace.
Leadership Seminar 9th Grade and up This presentation explores General MacArthur’s development as a leader and discusses his leadership philosophy. It highlights three foundational components of successful leadership that can be observed in General MacArthur’s life and service: Values, Vision, and Proficiency. Participants will understand the ways in which they can apply these leadership traits.
The Monuments Men 8th Grade and up While World War II presented an enormous threat to the cultural heritage of both Europe and Asia, it also marked the first conflict in which there was a concerted effort by the U.S. Army to protect cultural objects and historic buildings. This program tells the story of the U.S. Army’s “Monuments Men” during World War II and explores the legacy of these soldiers and their mission.

SOL Reinforcement: USII.7; WHII.12; VUS.11a, e; Visual Arts 7.30; 8.17, 20; AI.29