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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!

Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters is now open! Expansive in its scope, exhaustive in its detail, and captivating in its innovative design, Campaigns of Courage invites exploration and connection like never before, bringing the lessons of history to life for today's generations—and generations to come.

Plan your visit to the Museum today.

Visit our calendar for information on upcoming programs and events at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans or sign up for our email list to receive regular updates.

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FEATURED EVENTS:

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Meet the Author: Lester Tenney, PhD, presents "The Courage to Remember"
Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In The Courage to Remember: PTSD—From Trauma to Triumph, Dr. Tenney addresses the question: how can you free yourself from the oppression of the past and the imprisonment of your mind?
RSVP now.

 

Special Event – "Victory at Home: New Orleans During WWII"
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dr. Charles Chamberlain, author of Victory at Home: Manpower and Race in the American South During World War II, will moderate this presentation focusing on the diverse war workers and industries in New Orleans during World War II. Learn more.

 

Book Discussion: "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption"
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Latter Branch, New Orleans Public Library
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
You've heard of the Oscar-nominated movie Unbroken. Join fellow readers as we discuss the man, Louis Zamperini, and the book by Laura Hillenbrand that inspired it all. Learn more.

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

March 28, 2015
Special Event - "Beyond Rosie: Women's Roles on the American Home Front"
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Arizona/Missouri Room

March 28, 2015
Family Workshop: Women of the War
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

March 28, 2015
"Always. . . Patsy Cline"
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
BB's Stage Door Canteen

March 29, 2015
"Always. . . Patsy Cline"
11:00 am brunch seating, 1:00 pm show only ticket
BB's Stage Door Canteen

March 30, 2015
Lagniappe Lecture: Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans presents "Operation Manna/Chowhound"
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center

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This past Saturday, March 21, the Museum hosted the Greater New Orleans National History Day regional contest.  National History Day is a student research competition in which students, either as individuals or in groups, conduct research and construct a project on a historical topic of their choice.  Projects in this year’s contest focused on the […] Read More

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  70 years ago in April 1945, Allied troops across Europe continued to find and liberate the prisoners of Nazi concentration and death camps. The horrific extent of the Holocaust was revealed as people all over the world learned about camps like Ohrdruf, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, and Dachau. To many soldiers, including General Eisenhower, the discovery […] Read More

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The Voices of Courage oral history exhibit within US Freedom Pavilion: the Boeing Center allows visitors to hear the stories of life in World War II told by veterans themselves. The focus of these tales of courage are on the universal themes of Why We Fight, Experience of War and Military Life. These personal accounts […] Read More

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St. Ursula Academy Yearbook

Founded in 1854, St. Ursula Academy is an all-girls Catholic preparatory school, the first of its kind in Toledo, OH. During the war years, the school experienced many of their students joining the military, several serving on the Home Front in Navy Communications, the Women's Army Corps, and in the Bureau of Aeronautics. Others, such as almumnus Eileen Mohr, were stationed overseas in the Coast Guard. In addition to helping the war effort, social issues were on the minds of these young women. In an editorial titled "Slaves of Fashion", Suzanne Straub from the Class of '45 wrote, "The feminine world lives on, shackled by such dangerous methods of beautifying, all for fashion." In addition to critiquing American beauty standards,the student points out rituals from other countries, calling practices like foot-binding in China "uncivilized". The Scroll is also full of Catholic imagery; faith was a critical part of the St. Ursula education. In what other ways does this yearbook differ from some of the public school yearbooks? Are there traits that can be seen in schools today?

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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