Dates: July 23 to July 29
Hollywood Goes to War will provide teachers with an in-depth, weeklong workshop on the role Hollywood played in the US war effort including producing military training, propaganda, entertainment, and public-service films. Walt Disney alone devoted over 90% of its wartime output to creating media and materials related to the war including over 1,200 unit insignia. With a special focus on the Museum’s curriculum volume, The Home Front, and the special exhibition, The Walt Disney Studios and WWII, this workshop will examine the broader historical context of this media as well as the skills students need to critically analyze different forms of primary sources. Learning from historians, educators, and museum staff, teachers will gain effective teaching strategies to help students better understand the US home front, analyze World War II propaganda and entertainment, and evaluate primary sources.