The non-profit World War II Foundation Global Education Center, located at 344 Main St. in South Kingstown, recently announced its new schedule for public hours, taking effect on July 2. Appointments are no longer necessary to visit the center, unless you are an educator planning a school field trip or a group larger than 10 people. The new public hours for the World War II Global Education Center are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The center will be closed on July 4.
Individual appointments can also still be made for additional days and select times. The cost is $15 for adults with kids 12 and under free. Each visitor will leave with a free WWII Foundation film.
“We are excited to have the World War II Foundation Global Education center open on a more consistent basis,” said Tim Gray, founder of the World War II Foundation. “To date, we have already had several hundred students from around Rhode Island visit, in addition to over a dozen groups from various organizations and many veterans of all wars and conflicts. Having the center open now, without the need to make an appointment, is the next phase of the process in our master plan. We anticipate adding additional days and hours in the future, but right now we want to see what the demand will be,” Gray continued. “We have also hired a new director of operations to lead our expanded efforts in the community,” said Gray.
In addition to the new center, the World War II Foundation to date has produced 23 documentary films on World War II, which rank in the top 10 most requested programs nationally by PBS stations. Some of the narrators of WWII Foundation films, which range in length from 60 to 90 minutes, include Bill Belichick, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Selleck, Gary Sinise, Matthew Broderick, David McCallum, Tim McCarver, Damian Lewis, Kyle Chandler and others.
The World War II Foundation Global Education Center officially opened in January 2019 and includes thousands of artifacts from WWII, as well as a theater that seats 35 and a library with over 500 World War II books. Additionally, the World War II Foundation is preparing to start a podcast, to be produced live from the center, and has purchased hand-held audio tour guides to give the visitor a more productive visit as they tour the center.
Each year in Normandy, France, the WWII Foundation also hosts the only all-World War II focused film festival in the world. 2020 will be the fourth year of the Normandie-World War II International Film Festival. Author Rick Atkinson will be the featured speaker at the film festival in 2020 in Sainte-Come-du-Mont. For more information, call 401-644-8244 or visit www.wwiifoundation.org and click on the Education Center link.