Livestream Classes

Learning from the Home Front

The Education team provides a variety of live, interactive lessons for students and learners of all ages.

All of our livestream options are FREE, though many require advance registration. Sign up soon to reserve your spot. Recordings of each livestream may also become available on the Educational Resources page following the program.

Information about upcoming livestreams is available below and on our events page. We continually update the schedule of programs, so sign up for our emails, and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.


DECEMBER’S FEATURED LIVESTREAM:

Pearl Harbor Day Observance

Monday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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The day that will live in infamy, December 7, 1941, was when the forces of Imperial Japan bombed the U.S. Pacific Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, propelling America into WWII.

Join us for comments by VWM Director Clay Mountcastle, followed by a very special edition of the VWM’s monthly featured program, “From the Archives,” where Archivist Heidi Sheldon will highlight materials relating to the attack at Pearl Harbor. Then, enjoy a viewing “World War II: Pearl Harbor” from our award-winning documentary film series, “Virginians at War.”


Upcoming livestreams:


Pearl Harbor Day Observance

Monday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register here

The day that will live in infamy, December 7, 1941, was when the forces of Imperial Japan bombed the U.S. Pacific Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, propelling America into WWII.

Join us for comments by VWM Director Clay Mountcastle, followed by a very special edition of the VWM’s monthly featured program, “From the Archives,” where Archivist Heidi Sheldon will highlight materials relating to the attack at Pearl Harbor. Then, enjoy a viewing “World War II: Pearl Harbor” from our award-winning documentary film series, “Virginians at War.”


The State of Military History: A Discussion Among Historians

Tuesday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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If military history were a medical patient, how healthy would it be these days? A panel of esteemed historians offer their diagnosis. This program will explore the current state of military history in our academic institutions, in public discourse, and other areas as well as offering an outlook on the future of the study of War and Society.  Join us for this engaging talk featuring some of military history’s leading scholars.

Panelists:
Dr. Clay Mountcastle, Director, Virginia War Memorial
Michael Neiberg, Chair of War Studies, US Army War College
Susannah Ural, Co-Director, Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, University of Southern Mississippi
John Hall, President of the Society of Military History and Assoc. Professor of Military History at University of Wisconsin-Madison


Salute to Service: Helicopter Pilots

Thursday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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In this special program in our Salute to Service series, we will be looking at the use of helicopters in wartime, locating enemy ground forces and transporting American wounded. Join us as we talk with Vietnam veteran and helicopter pilot Rick Curtin, and Blackhawk pilot Neal Edmonds, who will help us salute the pilots and crews who keep our crafts flying.


Headhunter – 5-73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley

Tuesday, December 15, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Hear author Pete Svoboda talk about his new book, “Headhunter,” a unique account of the Global War on Terror. “Headhunter-5/73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley” is the story of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment’s 2006-2007 Iraq deployment. It’s a paratroopers story told by the brave airborne cavalry scouts, infantry riflemen and support troops who fought the enemy insurgents who were terrorizing the people of Diyala Province. The Squadron’s goal was to “aggressively execute a campaign plan that resulted in defeating the insurgents.”


Eyewitness to History: Interview with WWII Veteran George Merz

Wednesday, December 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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Join us for this special interview with Pfc. George Merz of the 818th Military Police Company. As a 19-year-old soldier, Pfc. Merz arrived on Utah Beach in Normandy on June 10, 1944. Later, during the harrowing winter of 1944-45, he served as an MP during the Battle of the Bulge, where he was involved in directing the armored vehicles and the artillery traffic that were part of the relief of Bastogne. As an MP during the battle, he had to be alert for enemy paratroopers who had dropped behind the lines disguised as American soldiers. George Merz received the Bronze Star for his service during the Battle of the Bulge. Come prepared to ask questions!


Have you missed any of our recent Livestreams? Catch up by watching the recordings on our Vimeo channel.

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Recent Recordings

“In Their Own Words: Letters from World War I” – Thursday, November 5 – View recording here

“Salute to Service: US Marine Corps” – Monday, November 9 – View recording here

“Eyewitness to History: Interview with WWII Veteran Fred Faulkner” – Tuesday, November 17 – View recording here

“What Happened? Three American Military Disasters” – Monday, November 23 – View recording here

“From the Archives: Thanksgiving Menus” – Wednesday, November 25 – View recording here