A partnership between Dr. Jing Williams,
University of South Dakota's School of Education,
and the Veterans of Foriegn Wars Post 3061
What is Project 415?
The name, "Project 415", comes from the course I teach at the University of South Dakota, SEED 415: 7-12 Social Science Methods. Since the spring of 2016, I have incorporated a community-based research project in this course, which is entitled "Clay County's Fallen", sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] post 3061 in Vermillion, South Dakota. Each student enrolled in this course researches a fallen hero from Clay County, South Dakota, and writes a biography for that fallen hero. Every year, the first place winner of this contest is invited as the guest speaker at the Memorial Day Observance in Clay County, South Dakota, presenting his or her research findings of a local fallen hero. I have compiled some students' research work into a book Hometown's Fallen: Discovering the Human Aspects of Wars. It is our hope that our fallen service members' stories can be remembered forever.
Why Project 415?
Project 415 is designed to enlighten future secondary social studies teachers how to teach about wars from a human perspective, teach them how to do research through local archives and online resources, increase their awareness of veterans' ultimate sacrifice to this country, honor the fallen heroes, and foster a strong and positive relationship between the University of South Dakota and the local community.