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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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February 26, 2015
Echoes and Reflections: Holocaust Teacher Workshop
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Education Classroom, Louisiana Pavilion

February 26, 2015
70th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Webinar Series
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

February 26, 2015
Special Presentation: "African Americans in Combat in the World Wars"
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

February 26, 2015
Panel: "African Americans in Military History"
4:00 pm Panel – Arizona/Missouri Room
5:30 pm Reception and Book Signing – US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

February 27, 2015
"Always. . . Patsy Cline"
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

February 28, 2015
Victory Corps Saturday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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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


Plutonium, the element used to power the Fat Man bombs used for the test at Trinity and for the bombing of Nagasaki, was discovered on February 23rd, 1943. A group of scientists at UC Berkeley bombarded uranium with deuterons (the nucleus of a heavy hydrogen isotope, made up of a proton and a neutron), and […] Read More


World War II was characterized by an extraordinary spirit of teamwork, sacrifice and ingenuity demonstrated by men and women on the battlefront and on the Home Front. One of the crowning achievements of the war was America’s legendary production of airplanes, artillery, tanks, and other equipment that helped to fuel victory in World War II. […] 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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