Road to College


College can be daunting to prepare for, especially when you’re in high school. For the first time, we will be offering our Road to College summer series to help relieve that stress. With our current exhibit, Guts and Glory: the War Train that Shaped a Nation, we will be taking an in-depth look at WWI through differing topics such as military technology, propaganda art, and global geopolitics. Through discussion-based sessions we will cover essential skills for the first year of college including thesis construction, vocabulary, historical analysis, and source citation.

This series is designed for high school students who are prepared to begin tackling college-level discussions. There will be four sessions in total — Tuesday, June 19, through Friday, June 22 — from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students will have a unique opportunity to learn from artifacts, primary resources, and our WWI exhibition.


revolutionJune 19 – An Introduction

In this meeting we will introduce the contexts of WWI, delving deeper into topics that are not typically covered until college-level history, such as the Russian Revolution, the Czechoslovak Legion, and African/Middle Eastern role in the war.

war trainJune 20 – Planes, Trains, and Czechs

We owe many of our technological advancements to war, and this was no exception in WWI. Students will learn about the innovative technologies that shaped the course of warfare – both during WWI and since.

propagandaJune 21 – Painting the Enemy

By its nature, propaganda aims to change your mind and tends to be very one-sided. In this session, we will explore the use of propaganda through the war from multiple countries’ perspectives and how war can have an immense effect on art and culture.

globeJune 22 – Mapping it Out

Maps and country borders are constantly in flux, which has affects on political and social identity. We will examine how war effects borders and identity of countries – with a specific focus on Czechoslovakia.

Cost: $120 for 4 sessions, Tuesday, June 19 – Friday, June 22. Register by May 14.
For scholarship options contact shenderson@ncsml.org
Please download the application using the button below and email the completed form to shenderson@ncsml.org

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Sarah Henderson holds a duel Bachelor’s degree in art history and anthropology from Grinnell College. She also holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in art history and museum studies. In 2017, she completed the semester contemporary art certificate program at The Sotheby’s Institute for Art in London, U.K. During her time in graduate school, she worked for the curator’s office at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., in their education and collections departments. She serves on the Iowa History Advisory Council in Des Moines for the State of Iowa Department of Education.
Kaitlin Schlotfelt received a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history with a certificate in museum studies from The University of Iowa. While an undergraduate, she worked as a docent and education assistant at the University of Iowa Natural History Museum as well as in the education department at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. In addition to being Family Programs Manager at the NCSML, she continues to volunteer in the archives of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.