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Local Teacher Asking for Your Help to Tell the Story of a Silent Hero of World War I

Stanardsville, VA— Stephanie Hammer is researching the life of Private William D. Call and is looking for help telling this hero’s story as part of the Memorializing the Fallen — a teacher professional development program from National History Day®. Sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the program takes educators on the journey of a lifetime to rediscover the history of World War I and invigorate its teaching in America’s classrooms.

 

By researching the story of a Silent Hero®, an American service member who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I, program participants can be the voice of these Americans who died a century ago.

 

Hammer teaches at William Monroe Middle School in Stanardsville and will deliver a eulogy for Private Call at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in June. However, before she can do this, she needs help from those who may have connections to this Silent Hero. Private Call was born in Madison, Virginia and lived in Stanardsville, Virginia and Wilmington, Delaware.

 

“William Denison Call, born on October 4, 1892 was the son of Millard and Fannie Call of Stanardsville, Virginia. On Mar 24, 1918, Call enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 4th Division, 39th Infantry, Machine Gun Company. He died from injuries received in the line of duty on September 29, 1918, in Malincourt, France,” said Hammer. “I would like to know more about his life prior to service. It is possible that he attended Parrott School and was taught by Miss Parrott. I would like to know more about his school experiences. He spent some time in Wilmington, Delaware working as a machinist. I would like to know why he moved away to work.”

 

If you have any information about Private William D. Call, please contact Ms. Hammer at shammer@greenecountyschools.com.

 

 

About National History Day (NHD)

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels. The top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit nhd.org.

 

About National History Day in Virginia

The National History Day program in Virginia is coordinated by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC). Virginia History Day reaches over 7,000 students each year around the Commonwealth, culminating in an annual statewide contest in Richmond. The program enhances the History Day experience, helping students and educators with topic selection, research support, and professional development to incorporate History Day projects in the classroom curriculum. The VMHC is located at 428 N Boulevard in Richmond’s Museum District. Hours are Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the galleries and museum shop, Monday – Saturday 10:00

a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the library. For more information about the VMHC call 804.340.1800, visit VirginiaHistory.org, or connect with the VMHC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

About the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission

The World War I Centennial Commission was created by Congress in 2013 to provide educational programs, public outreach, and commemorative events, regarding America's involvement in World War I. Information on

the Commission can be found here ww1cc.org.

 

About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Founded in 2003, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, located in downtown Chicago, is a nonprofit center where citizens and soldiers come together to learn about military history and affairs. The Museum and Library feature an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Programs include a lending library, the archives, recorded TV shows, podcasts and oral histories, and museum exhibits. To learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, visit www.pritzkermilitary.org or @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary on Facebook.