Programs & Events

6-Day, July 26-31: The Story of World War II

Due to the growing health crisis and restrictions on in-person gatherings, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will not be able to offer in-person Teacher Seminars this summer. We are working on an alternative offering for the summer. Please visit for updates.

In Partnership with the National World War II Museum


Donald L. Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, Lafayette College


World War II is perhaps the greatest story—as well as the greatest catastrophe—in recorded history. It is also a war that changed the world. Why was it fought? How was it fought? And how did it shape the world we live in? We will examine the American perspective on these questions through the recorded experiences of those at the face of battle: soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, doctors, and reporters as well as civilians caught in its ruin and agony.

Travel & Accommodations

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; the Institute will provide a travel stipend of $350. Read the policy hereThe National World War II Museum is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, approximately 15 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport, and is easily reached by taxi, car, or shuttle.

Workshop participants will stay in a nearby hotel and will share rooms with other participants. Participants should bring laptops.


Meals will be served in a space shared by other programs. All on-site meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Please be sure to review the Institute’s policies on independent school teacher participation and travel stipends before applying.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

Seminar Year: 2019-2020