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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s not often that you can touch and feel historical items at a museum. While most students are out of school for the summer, organizers at the National World War I Museum are giving kids the chance to keep learning during the summer month through a program called ‘Hands-on History.’

Curators set up a display with original things from World War I like binoculars, helmets, pieces of gas masks that are all real and available for people to hold, touch and ask questions about. The items are nearly 100 years old and for a pair of brothers the program brings to life things they’ve only read about in textbooks.

“I like how they were showing us and it’s cool how it’s actually original,” William York said.

“We need to remember them because war is not good and it’s bad and it shouldn’t be happening in this world because we’re all human beings and we’re fighting against each other,” Daniel York said.

The 100 year anniversary of World War I is a few weeks away. The museum is hosting several events to honor the soldiers who fought and died in that war. For a list of those events and the other ‘Hands-on History’ events through the summer, click on this link.

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