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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Game Kit: States By Shape

So this week I decided to return to our trusty "Game Kit for Men and Women in the Service" (featured in a post from a few months ago).  Much to their relief, I gave my family members a break this go round.  Instead I subjected some of my co-workers to this pocket full of fun

The game we played, named "My Country 'Tis of Thee", asks its players to identify states and their capitals based on shape alone - not location.  Playing the game quickly took me back to my elementary school geography quizzes.  The fact that my sharp 5th grade mind could rattle off all 50 states and their accompanying capitals in less than two minutes was a great source of pride.  Naturally, I thought this game would be a piece of cake. Instead, I ended up eating a few slices of humble pie.

As I competed with my coworkers to prove who was more geographically adept, I soon realized that identifying states by their shape alone was much harder than I originally thought.  So here's my challenge to you: try to beat my score.

Here are the instructions for the game:
   1. Take out a sheet of paper and number 1-32 on your paper.
   2. Using the game card (on the left), identify each state and write in your answer next to the corresponding number on your answer sheet.
   3. Once the state is identified (or after you've made your "educated guess"), write in the state's capital next to the state's name.
   4. Once you've completed the game, scroll down for the answer key.  Give yourself one point for each state correctly identified.  Give yourself two points if you also knew the state's capital.
   5. Tally your points!  If you correctly identify each state & capital, you'll end up with 64 points. 

Now I know this may be intimidating for some, but I scored a whopping 41 points when I played.  If you beat me (without cheating) let me know and I'll be sure to post your score for all to see!

Good Luck!

Answer Key:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lunchbox Lecture: Power of Persuassion

I apologize for my "radio silence" last week, but I'm back and ready to talk about, in my opinion, one of the most interesting aspects of WWII: propaganda.  I've always been fascinated with propaganda and its power to influence and motivate people in ways both good and bad. 

Next week the National D-Day Memorial will host a presentation on propaganda's influence on the American Home Front.  
The presentation will focus on how propaganda inspired the public and evoked powerful emotions on the war.  This is an appropriate study for the month of March, Women's History Month, since during WWII, images of women were frequently used in propaganda. Some displayed women as independent, strong, and patriotic, while others illustrated the idea that the enemy posed a direct threat to women and children on the homefront. A soldier only had to look at a poster to answer the question, “what are we fighting for?”  

For your enjoyment, I've included one of my favorite propaganda pieces from the war ...
One reason why I adore this poster is because of a personal encounter I had with a WWII veteran of the submarine service.  A few years ago, while working in the old military tent that we use for field trips at the Memorial, this particular veteran and his family wandered in to look around.  After surveying the contents of the tent, he noticed this poster hanging on the wall.  

He turned to me and said, "There's something wrong with that picture."
"What's that?" I asked, believing he had a very serious concern to bring to my attention.  
He replied, "When I joined the submarine service, no girl ever hugged my neck like that."  

We both had a good chuckle at his expense. 

What is so interesting and powerful about the familiar and iconic pieces of WWII propaganda, is that they strike an emotional chord with people.  Still today, people view these images and feel encouraged, guilty, outraged, hopeful, or inspired.

The lecture will take place at noon, Wednesday, March 7th, at the Bedford Area Welcome Center.  Admission is free, but donations are always happily accepted!

I hope you enjoy!
- Megan