The goal of the World War II Book Project is to provide copies of two books–The Men of the USS Arizona and The Men of the USS Utah–to every high school in 18 Nebraska towns and cities. These towns and cities were once home to Nebraska sailors who have been entombed aboard the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, since December 7, 1941.
Students attending high schools in the 18 towns and cities are eligible for a related project of the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation–The Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund. This fund provides up to five $1,500 scholarships during the spring of each year.
The Foundation hopes that the presence of these books in the school libraries of students eligible for The Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship will serve as both a motivation for students to learn more about the contribution of Nebraskans toward the war effort and as a research aid in the preparation of the essay required by the scholarship application.
The author of these two books–T. J. Cooper–has generously provided the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation with a 50% discount to assist with this project, so that each two-book set will cost only $20 instead of the $40 retail price. Funds for the books and their packaging and shipping are sought from those who appreciate the profound sacrifice made by those long ago Nebraska sailors.
Thanks to Jack Campbell, who first came up with the idea for the World War II Book Project!
The World War II Book Project reached its goal on March 22nd, 2016!