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GIVE NOWFifteen years after opening as The National D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum now tells the story of the entire war: honoring the courage and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation from the battlefront to the Home Front, and helping today's generations understand the price of freedom.

As we enter the final stages of our capital expansion and build our campus and collections to fulfill this mission, we are keenly aware that time is short to share this resource with the men and women who inspired it. Every donation helps us reach that goal. Please consider giving today, and help to share their story.

 

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Special Lecture: Neill Lochery presents "Varian Fry and the American Rescue Committee"
Thursday, March 12, 2015
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a special lecture as Dr. Neill Lochery examines Jewish rescue workers groups, specifically the American Rescue Committee led by Varian Fry. RSVP now.

 

The 2015 Winston S. Churchill Symposium
Saturday, March 14, 2015
7:00 am – 5:30 pm
A collaborative effort between The National WWII Museum and the Churchill Society of New Orleans, this program brings members of both organizations together to learn about and celebrate this giant of a man. Learn more.

 

Drafts for Crafts
Friday, March 20, 2015
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Join The National WWII Museum's Young Benefactors for the 2nd annual Drafts for Crafts! Enjoy an open bar, delicious food, and exciting live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Higgins boat PT-305. Learn more.

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March 6, 2015
"Always. . . Patsy Cline"
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

March 7, 2015
"Always. . . Patsy Cline"
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

March 7, 2015
Victory Corps Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

March 8, 2015
"Always. . . Patsy Cline"
11:00 am brunch seating, 1:00 pm show only ticket Stage Door Canteen

March 11, 2015
"America's Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to The Andrews Sisters"
11:45 am buffet seating
Stage Door Canteen

March 11, 2015
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

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In late February 1946, Colonel Jesse Thomas Traywick, Sr. visited his niece Jean’s class at the Goode Street School, an elementary school in Montgomery, Alabama. Hardly half a year had passed since Traywick had been released from over three years of imprisonment by the Japanese. Some of the children wrote Traywick thank-you letters, including his niece […] Read More

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Home Front Friday is a regular series that highlights the can do spirit on the Home Front during World War II and illustrates how that spirit is still alive today! Never underestimate the honey bee! The influence of these creatures on our world is enormous, and the aid of bees and beekeepers during World War […] Read More

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When The National WWII Museum first opened its doors on June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, legendary broadcaster Tom Brokaw and award-winning actor Tom Hanks were already among the ranks of its supporters. It was a natural fit for two men who have done so much to honor the personal stories of World […] Read More

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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Yearbook

Named after the late 19th-century poet and Dayton native, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School was initially intended to be a middle school, but soon admitted high school students as well due to its immediate popularity. Dunbar followed in the tradition of America’s first all-black high school in Washington, D.C., with which it shares a name. The school also served as a center of employment for African American teachers, who often found themselves unemployed after completing teacher training due to the preference for hiring white teachers. Emphasizing that separate truly is inherently unequal, Dunbar's yearbook more closely resembles a pamphlet in its design; there are no individual student portraits, no extravagant prom photos, and it is smaller than yearbooks at white high schools, measuring at less than 8x10 inches. Additionally, there are nearly twice as many female graduates as there are male. What might have caused this disparity?

View the yearbook in the Museum's online collection, See You Next Year: High School Yearbooks from WWII, to find out more.


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The Battle for Iwo Jima

The famous flag-raising atop Mt. Suribachi took place on February 23, 1945, five days after the battle began. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the iconic photograph of five marines and one Navy corpsman: Cpl. Harlon Block, Navy Pharmacist's Mate John Bradley, Cpl. Rene Gagnon, PFC Franklin Sousley, Sgt. Michael Strank, and Cpl. Ira Hayes. Three of these men—Strank, Sousley, and Block—were killed before the battle for Iwo Jima was over. Rosenthal's photograph, which was quickly wired around the world and reproduced in newspapers across the United States, later served as a model for the Marine Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, and remains one of the war's most enduring images.

Learn more about the Battle for Iwo Jima.

 

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