Beyond the Screen
The Pershing Project goes beyond a documentary film. An initiative started by Ms. Sandra Pershing in the fall of 2015, the project aims to provide educational resources to schools, teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning about America’s involvement in World War I. Our storytellers, the high school and college age students featured in Pershing’s Paths of Glory, shed light on an often-overlooked period of American history. They not only provide a history lesson of the events surrounding World War I, but take it a step further and tackle some of the most difficult social and political issues of the day.
The Pershing Project's Educational Initiatives:
- The documentary film, Pershing’s Paths of Glory, serves as the core of the Pershing Project’s educational initiatives. It provides the foundation for the expanded material found on this website, and highlights the life and accomplishments of General of the Armies of the United States, John J. Pershing – America’s commander in World War I.
- The blog features articles, opinions, and commentary from historians and student alike. Many of the articles posted on the blog were written by cast members of the documentary. Posts range from primary source material to student essays, and include both historical and cultural topics such as amalgamation and discrimination.
- Video and photo galleries include both historical footage, as well as extended and deleted scenes from the documentary film, Pershing’s Paths of Glory.
- The educational resources section includes materials for educators developed by Dayle D. Hartnett, Ph.D. This section includes pre and post viewing discussion questions, vocabulary, historical figures, essay prompts, debate topics, research topics, interview suggestions, World War I references, World War I films and songs, true/false test items, timelines, primary documents, and clips from the documentary to evaluate listening and comprehension.
The Pershing Project is a partner of the World War I Centennial Commission and the Pershing Foundation. These non-profit organizations work to support awareness and educate audiences on the herculean sacrifices of the young men and women who served their country more than 100 years ago.
For more information, please visit their websites.
The Pershing Foundation's mission is to preserve the history of the National Society of Pershing Rifles; to promote unique and innovative endeavors in youth leadership development, academic scholarship and military science; and to promote the legacy of General of the Armies of the United States John J. Pershing through service.
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission was created by an act of Congress in 2013. Members of the commission were appointed by the President and the leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives. All living former Presidents have agreed to serve the commission as honorary chairmen.
The Commission's mission is to plan, develop, and execute programs, projects and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I.