Stories of Hope and Resilience Inspire

Oklahoma City was shook by an unthinkable act of domestic terrorism on April 19, 1995, when a truck bomb caused the partial collapse of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and killed 168 people. This event forever changed the nation, and we continue to be heartened by how good triumphed over evil in the aftermath of the bombing.

The Lessons Learned from the bombing are just as important today as they have ever been. The stories of loss, community, hope, and resilience continue to inspire young people to honor their past and work toward making this world a better place.

Students Teaching Students the Impact of the Oklahoma City Bombing

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is where the children of Mayor David Holt, George and Maggie, began their journey of understanding the impact of the Oklahoma City Bombing. They were inspired to share what they learned with other students. Join George and Maggie as they teach us about the story of April 19, 1995. In this video experience for students, they introduce us to people directly impacted by the bombing, show us around the Memorial and Museum, and encourage us to think about how we can live up to the Oklahoma Standard.

Teacher Guide (PDF)

Teaching the Impact in the Classroom

A resource for upper elementary and middle school students, Students Teaching Students the Impact of the Oklahoma City Bombing can be used as a stand-alone lesson in the classroom or part of the preparation before visiting the Memorial and Museum. Use the Video Teacher Guide and accompanying video to introduce the story of the Oklahoma City bombing and honor those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever. The guide includes guiding questions and activities before, during, and after viewing the video. It also includes enrichment ideas and resources to deepen the impact of the lesson.

Teacher Guide (PDF)

A Unique Program for 4th Grade Students

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, in partnership with the National Park Service, offers a special program for 4th Graders that includes:

  • Pre-visit activities, now including this video lesson, Students Teaching Students the Impact of the Oklahoma City Bombing
  • Onsite programming at the Memorial and Museum, including the hands-on Uncover-Discover STEM Lab
  • A follow-up visit to the classroom by a Park Ranger

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