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Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters Now Open!

From faltering first battles in North Africa to the bloody struggle at Germany's doorstep, the immersive galleries in Road to Berlin recreate actual battle settings and villages—complete with crumbling walls, bomb-torn rooftops, icy pathways, and a chillingly realistic soundscape. The result is a richly layered, multimedia journey that recreates the citizen soldier's experience with striking immediacy and impact: Visitors walking in the shadow of Normandy's brutally dense hedgerows can imagine the challenges that followed D-Day; attending a mission briefing with the Bomber Boys brings visitors inside America's all-important Air War strategy; seeing personal artifacts—cigarette boxes, photographs—scattered over real Normandy sand offers a touching perspective on the human cost of the war.

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.

Learn more about Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters.

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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Lunchbox Lecture
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gemma Birnbaum presents "Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow: The Black Labor Movement During WWII"
Pre-order your lunch and pick it up in The Soda Shop. Call 528-1944 x 210 for the daily soup and sandwich special and place your order!

 

70th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Webinar Series
Thursday, February 26, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Part One: Landings and Flag Raising
Hear harrowing accounts of the initial days on the island, from the landings of the Marine divisions on the black volcanic sand to scaling Mount Suribachi. RSVP now.

 

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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January 31, 2015
Victory Corps Saturday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

February 4, 2015
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

February 4, 2015
"America's Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to The Andrews Sisters"
11:45 am buffet seating
Stage Door Canteen

February 4, 2015
Lunchbox Lecture
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center

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

February 17, 2015
CLOSED: Mardi Gras Day

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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! It’s a new year, and while we’re making resolutions and plans for a successful 2015, why not consider trying something different with your hair? Take […] Read More

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National History Day is a year-long historical research contest for middle and high school students. Each year, students from across the country develop a project based upon the annual contest theme. The annual theme for the 2015 National History Day contest is “Leadership & Legacy in History;” a topic which also offers many opportunities for […] Read More

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Made possible though a generous donation from GE Foundation, the What Would You Do? exhibit within the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center is an interactive experience that challenges viewers with complex moral and ethical choices that men and women were forced to make during the WWII era – tough decisions that still have relevance […] 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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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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