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Special Exhibit: From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII

During WWII, individuals of Japanese ancestry in the United States, predominantly American citizens, had their lives turned upside down. They were seen by many as the enemy, their loyalty to the nation was questioned and their basic rights were stripped as nearly 120,000 men, women and even children were confined in camps for years, without benefit of trial. Despite this treatment, 33,000 Japanese Americans served their country in Europe and the Pacific, earning numerous honors. The effects of these wartime experiences serve as a lasting reminder to the nation and the entire world of the often-fragile nature of a country’s principles in the face of war.

This special exhibit is on display through October 2014.

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FEATURED EVENTS:

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Lunchbox Lecture
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
George Cholewczynski presents "The 70th Anniversary of Operation Market-Garden"
History remembers the American, British, and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into Holland during the ill-fated "Bridge too Far Episode." Not often remembered are the men of US AAF Troop Carrier Command who carried them there.

 

Special Presentation
Thursday, September 4, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
"Challenging Internment" by Hiroko Kusuda
Hiroko Kusuda, Associate Clinic Professor at Loyola New Orleans College of Law, will present on one of her first client experiences: a legal case involving Japanese American incarceration and redress. RSVP now.

 

Lagniappe Lecture
Thursday, September 11, 2014
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dr. Mark Plotkin presents "Quinine, Rubber, Sherman Tanks and Japanese Submarines: How Rainforest Plants Served as Key Strategic Materials in World War II"
Don’t miss this fascinating perspective on the war that changed the world!
RSVP now.

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WHAT'S ON:

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September 3, 2014
Lunchbox Lecture
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
George Cholewczynski presents "The 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden"

September 3, 2014
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

September 4, 2014
Special Presentation
Hiroko Kusuda presents "Challenging Internment"
6:00 pm ‐ 7:00 pm

September 10, 2014
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am ‐ 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

September 10, 2014
"America's Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to The Andrews Sisters"
11:45 am buffet seating
Stage Door Canteen

September 11, 2014
Lagniappe Lecture
Dr. Mark Plotkin presents "Quinine, Rubber, Sherman Tanks and Japanese Submarines: How Rainforest Plants Served as Key Strategic Materials in World War II"
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

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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! During World War II you might have had a friend ask you to help the soldiers out by picking up your needles and yarn and […] Read More

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There’s still time to bring school groups to the Museum for the special exhibit field trip, From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII. The story of Japanese American internment and military enlistment, in spite of discrimination, holds many important lessons for today about citizenship, patriotism, and civil rights. From September 8th through October 8th, […] Read More

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The next stop within the Road to Berlin will bring to life another vital aspect of the WWII story – the German Siegfried Line, a network of bunkers, minefields, and barbed wire built into hilly terrain. After the failure of Market Garden, the Allied advance ground to a halt as it encountered the Siegfried Line.  This […] Read More

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High School Yearbooks from WWII

“Every day many men in the flower of their manhood die in battle.” So begins the introduction to ten pages of memorials to former students and alumni in President William McKinley High School’s Class of 1944 yearbook. Yearbooks from the WWII era offer a perspective on a world in upheaval that is both rich and uniquely personal. Of special note is alumnus Shigeo ‘Joe’ Takata, the first Japanese American to die fighting in WWII. Sgt. Takata, a member of the 100th Infantry Battalion, was killed in action on 29 September 1943 in the Salerno to Cassino Campaign.

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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D-Day Timeline

For over two and a half years the Allies planned and gathered their military strength to hurl into the decisive amphibious invasion of northern France and strike a mortal blow against the empire of Nazi Germany. In anticipation, Adolf Hitler stockpiled reserves across French coastlines into the Atlantic Wall defenses, determined to drive the Allied forces back into the sea. There will be no second chance for the Allies: the fate of their cause hangs upon this decisive day.

Here are pieces of the story of D-Day, told through the words and eyes of those who were there.

 

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