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Military History Institute - Introduction

The Military History Institute is an educational outreach and archival program within the Center for American History (CAH) at The University of Texas at Austin. Spearheaded by WWII historian and scholar Thomas M. Hatfield, the Military History Institute will:

Collect, archive, and make available for research and educational purposes stories, documents, materials, photographs, and artifacts relevant to the key military engagements of the United States, with a primary focus on World War II.

World War II photos, letters, and diaries

Conduct symposia, lectures, conferences, workshops, seminars, and on-site battlefield studies to preserve and disseminate knowledge pertaining to our nation's military history and the corresponding personal stories of those who sacrificed themselves for a greater good.

Tom Hatfield leads a tour group in Italy.

Publish original research in the form of books, articles, documentary films, a Web site with downloadable curriculum guides and other tools for classroom teachers, and podcasts.

Educate current and future generations of classroom teachers and students about the execution of unavoidable military conflicts and the determination with which they were pursued by democratically elected leaders.

Cultivate future civic, academic, and political leaders who will be able to draw on an informed, enlightened perspective of the ideals and values that have created the fabric of our country.

World War I cemetery in Arras, France

Instill in current and future generations the knowledge of and commitment to the ideals that impelled our forebears to engage in military conflicts in defense of liberty, personal freedom, and equality.

Inspire current and future generations to maintain peace by understanding and passing on the lessons of war.

Train the next generation of historians who will continue the legacy of the Military History Institute.

Additional information on the history and scope of the Military History Institute.