Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Home Front

We most recently hosted this workshop in the summer of 2019.  We hope to present it again soon!


This NEH Landmarks workshop focuses on three themes:

  • The movement of diverse peoples westward, altering the cultural landscape of the state and nation
  • How mobilization for war altered previous social roles and expectations, the economy, and industrial work
  • How militarization had lasting implications on technology, industry, and civil rights.

Educators from across the country will travel to the Bay Area to explore the workshop themes through scholar lectures, visits to landmarks of national significance, and intellectual discussions that inspire curriculum development. Together participants will discuss the question - How did World War II transform California and the nation?

Please explore this site to learn more about the structure of this summer's workshop and to review materials created by past participants!

  • Mark Brilliant
    Associate Professor, History, UC Berkeley

  • Rachel B. Reinhard
    Director, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project




“I was inspired to make some changes to how I integrated local history into my high school history classes. Here was this incredible landmark, quite literally, right in my own backyard. I didn’t know it existed and hadn’t considered how I might utilize something like it to engage my students.”  -2014 NEH Landmarks Teacher Participant