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The National WWII Museum Voted TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Attraction

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, has announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice Awards based on feedback from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. The National WWII Museum, currently ranked #1 of 150 New Orleans attractions on the site, was named #4 museum in the United States and #11 museum worldwide — up three spots from our rankings in both categories in the 2013 poll!

Plan your visit to the Museum today.

Follow us on Twitter @wwiitoday for regular updates on 70th anniversaries in America’s WWII story featuring images, oral histories and artifacts from the Museum’s collection.

Visit our calendar for information on upcoming programs and events at the Museum or sign up for our email list to receive regular updates.

 

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FEATURED EVENTS:

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Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Local teachers are invited to join Museum staff for Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour. Learn about our educational offerings, receive free classroom resources, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at our upcoming Road to Berlin galleries!
Advanced registration is strongly recommended.

 

Book Club
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follet
Discuss with fellow readers the book that took readers and critics by storm when first published more than fifteen years ago. Today, it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written.
RSVP now.

 

Lagniappe Lecture/Meet the Author
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sally Asher presents Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names
Join local author Sally Asher for a lecture and slideshow focusing on New Orleans streets named after WWII veterans. Book signing in the Museum store to follow. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.
RSVP now.

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October 1, 2014
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

October 1, 2014
Lunchbox Lecture
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center

October 3, 2014
"The Mysterious Wisterias" starring Ricky Graham
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

October 4, 2014
"The Mysterious Wisterias" starring Ricky Graham
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

October 5, 2014
"The Mysterious Wisterias" starring Ricky Graham
11:00 am brunch seating, 1:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

October 8, 2014
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

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Why are some WWII spy thrillers made into blockbuster films and some languish on the pages or are turned into a TV movie? Ken Follet’s International Bestseller The Key to Rebecca is still widely regarded as a great page turner with suspense, chases and intrigue. Get lost in the story set in Egypt in the […] Read More

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Some people can get away with anything. Including two physicists, refugees from Axis powers, working on research for the Manhattan project. Today if you built a reactor beneath a football field, or stacked blocks of Uranium until they were about to go critical, you’d get in trouble. Instead, these guys got scientific fame. Otto Frisch […] 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! During World War II anything that could be reused was reused. The popular slogan was “Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do or […] 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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