2017 Spring Appeal

2017 Spring Appeal


To build on our educational accomplishments

The International Museum of World War II is committed to using its unique, global collection to engage students in learning the stories, lessons and values of those who lived and died during these consequential years.  During the current school year which is ending, we increased the number of students who visited by 170%, for a total of 3,400.  Educators appreciate our hands-on approach.  Our urban/rural partnership program is growing, and we are becoming a regional destination.  We are tripling our professional development workshops for teachers this summer, and we are undertaking distance learning.  Join with other creative philanthropists to ensure that during the next school year, we will see even more accomplishments.


“Every day at the Museum my faith in our country’s future is strengthened by the students who are overwhelmingly fascinated by their historical peers, who 73 years so this month landed in Normandy for the D-Day invasion of Europe.  Young people are searching for inspiration, for role models showing them that their generation, too, can rise to global challenges.”

Kenneth W. Rendell, Founder and Museum Director

Reflecting on the importance of a Museum Visit


Kaylene Petrin

Head of Framingham High School History Department

“The museum was an amazing experience for our students from Framingham High School.  [It] was so important for our students because they could touch and feel history rather than read it in a text book.  Because of the museum’s generosity, we were able to offer the entire Freshman class a field trip free.  Some students left the museum in tears because they were so grateful for the experience!”

Kristin McManus

History teacher, Harvard Bromfield High School

“Teenagers today have access to historical artifacts through their textbooks or through the digitization efforts of many museums, and it’s easy to take them for granted. Their visit to the International Museum of WWII was a powerful one because they could see the artifacts firsthand and even pick up and touch some. The experience was so much more meaningful to them because of this, since they are used to viewing things from afar in other museums. Seeing a SS uniform, the battle plans for D-day, or even a board game emblazoned with a swastika hit home for them.  As a teacher, it’s one of the best experiences I could give to my students and I know it will leave a lasting impression.”


  • Teach about the causes and consequences of war
  • Show how the war is personal and complex
  • Honor the values of the war generation
  • Promote the use of original artifacts to learn history
  • Demonstrate the contributions of science and technology
  • Infuse the new Museum exhibits with learning opportunities


Framingham High School

“One thing I found interesting was the signatures of different people involved in WWII, such as Adolf Hitler and Ronald Reagan as a soldier. Seeing the signatures and writings of these people makes you think about them as a person.”

“Learning about the war in class just felt like another lesson we had to learn, but going to the museum and actually seeing the artifacts from the war made it seem much more real.”

“I thought that the WWII museum field trip was overall very educational and eye-opening to our freshman class. Seeing real evidence from this time enhanced my understanding of the war as I got to see this event and experience through a different perspective.”

The Bromfield School

The collection was too good not to see.”

“I think that actually seeing things instead of just reading about them was very beneficial. I liked that I could actually touch things and see the size.”

“I honestly loved the whole experience. The museum blew me away. Not only was it incredible to see so many real artifacts, but they organized/set up the floor plan in a really engaging and enhancing way. The Rise of Nazism, for example, did a great job of invoking fear (they even had music playing in the background!) I found the trip to be very informative and just totally awesome.”


To affect the attitudes, perceptions of students who are growing to maturity during times that concern us all, requires visionary private philanthropy.  Your support and creative thinking enables us to

  • Welcome more students
  • Offset admissions and offer buses to urban and rural students who cannot pay
  • Purchase the equipment we need for distance learning on a global scale
  • Offer teacher professional development workshops in the use of original documents to teach about World War II
  • Deliver teacher professional workshops in the use of original artifacts to teach about how science and technology advanced during the war and still affects our lives today
  • Provide specialized curricula, such as the use of poster art and pageantry during the war
  • Add staff to our education department to reach more students
  • Develop more programs for seniors and other life-long learners

Thank you for being a creative philanthropist.