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Hands-On Visit at Museum of World War II

Cushing’s Churchill and the War class – a group made up of six seniors and one junior –paid a visit to the Museum of World War II, a world-class museum in Natick, Mass., which is just a little over an hour away from campus on April 28. The museum is a private collection of almost seven thousand documents, artifacts, vehicles, and weapons from the period of 1919-1945. It is the creation of Kenneth Rendell, a collector of historical documents, and is home to several unique items including a copy of the Treaty of Versailles, several working Enigma machines, a bust of Hitler used by General Patton as a doorstop, items used in espionage and sabotage during the war, parts of V2 rockets, maps, and plenty of propaganda posters. In this year of seventieth anniversaries, the students have been examining the role of individuals, populations, ideas, and doctrines in the era of the Second World War. They got to examine, by hand, all but the most delicate of the items. For example, students encoded and decoded messages using working Enigma cipher machines. While there are many museums that have more of a vehicular treasure-trove, in terms of documents and small items, this small establishment rivals the major ones in the world such as London’s Imperial War Museum or Paris’ Musée de l'Armée at Les Invalides.

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.