Army Air Field Museum Invites Teens to Free Summer Program

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MILLVILLE – The Millville Army Air Field Museum is hoping to bridge a generational gap between World War II veterans and local teenagers with their annual summer program.

“Any high school student can come and attend our program, it is free," said Robert Trivellini, vice president for the Board of Directors at the Millville Army Air Field Museum. "It’s a great combination of both World War II history and aviation. It’s not the type of thing where you’re writing essays and doing tests. But, at the same time you’re learning a great deal and you’re able to go in a different direction based on your interests.”

Participants will get a chance to check out what the museum has to offer and get an up-close look at the planes.

“They get to meet pilots. They get to tour aircraft,” said Trivellini.

During one of the days of the program, the students will have an opportunity to build and fly their own model aircraft. This summer, the program will have a heavy focus on a specific exhibit on the Navajo Code Talkers.

It’s a great combination of both World War II history and aviation. It’s not the type of thing where you’re writing essays and doing tests.

“Which is a fabulous piece of history where Native Americans, using the Navajo language on the islands in the Pacific, were able to avoid those messages from being detected,” said Trivellini.

But it doesn’t stop there. The students will get the opportunity to meet several World War II veterans and continue the museum’s project that involves interviewing vets.

“We’re going to get them on tape and get that important history down, and our students will hear it firsthand and share it with other people over the next two, three generations,” said Trivellini.

Since the start of the project, the museum has collected more than 120 interviews.

“Interacting with World War II veterans and learning the history from them is a treasure that, while they have the opportunity, we want them to take advantage of,” said Trivellini.

The free program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3pm until August 3rd.

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