Museum of American Armor announces military history education initiative for Long Island


“Without understanding the story, Veterans Day becomes just another date on the calendar.”

The Museum of American Armor has announced the appointment of Gloria Sesso to the newly created position of Education Coordinator. Ms. Sesso is currently chair of the Long Island Social Studies Council with over 40 years of experience as a social studies teacher and chair of social studies departments in two of Long Island’s school districts.

“Observing Veterans Day without understanding or appreciating the role our Veterans played in protecting our nation makes this day just another day in the calendar,” said Lawrence Kadish, president and founder of the museum. “We need to stand up for class time that allows students to better understand our country’s military heritage, and Ms. Sesso is recognized as an extraordinary social science educator on Long Island. “

Kadish added, “Contextualizing Veterans Day is only part of the challenge. The teaching of WWII is essential, for it is the founding conflict of the 20th century that continues to define our geopolitical world. Yet students barely have enough time in class to determine who the fighters were, let alone the cause, effect and legacy. Ms. Sesso’s new professional role is to help the Armor Museum fill this gap and expand its reach by working with students, parents and educators to tell this story. We intend to be an innovative defender of military history.

Ms. Sesso was named New York State High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year (1999-2000), is past chair of the New York State Council for History Education, and received his MA in History from Columbia University. She is the author and editor of numerous articles on history and has appeared at seminars and symposia across the country to examine aspects of our American history.

She is also a consultant to the New York State Department of Social Studies, World History, and United States History and Government on State Regent Exams.

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With the creation of the Educational Resources Coordinator, Armor Museum Senior Administrator Michael Sapraicone said: Long-standing professional relationships across Long Island. She is a nationally respected educator, and her list of accomplishments underscores her passion and commitment to teaching history to a new generation of Americans.

Dr. Libby O’Connell, Chief Historian Emeritus of the History Channel and Chairman of the World War I Centennial Commission in New York City, has agreed to serve as an educational advisor at the Armor Museum. “As someone who has known and worked closely with Gloria for years, I can’t think of a more effective advocate to put the story directly in front of the students. We have already worked together to advance the educational mission of the Museum of Armor, and this appointment will only strengthen this partnership.

The Museum of American Armor displays some 40 operational armored vehicles in a 25,000 square foot space on the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Site, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, New York. Throughout the year, it hosts public programs that honor our American veterans in cooperation with the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums.

Its opening hours are Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An admission donation of $ 15 for adults is requested, $ 10 for seniors and veterans and $ 8 for children.


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