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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.

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FEATURED EVENTS:

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Swing in the New Year at the Stage Door Canteen!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Kick off your countdown to 2015 early with dinner and the sweet sounds of the Victory Belles . . . or stay with us until after midnight for a fabulous late-night party with dinner, dancing, and our Victory Big Band! Purchase tickets

 

Lunchbox Lecture
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Collin Makamson presents "Opportunists and Ideologues: Collaborationist Governments in 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!

 

Dinner with a Curator
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Keith Huxen presents The Ultimate Arsenal of Democracy: Cooking at Los Alamos
Come dine on spicy Southwestern food and learn about physics, war, the Manhattan Project, and life under the New Mexican sun at Los Alamos. Purchase tickets

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December 19, 2014
"The Victory Belles Ring in the Holidays"
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

December 20, 2014
"The Victory Belles Ring in the Holidays"
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

December 20, 2014
Living History Corps
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

December 21, 2014
"The Victory Belles Ring in the Holidays"
11:00 am brunch seating, 1:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

December 24, 2014
CLOSED: Christmas Eve

December 25, 2014
CLOSED: Christmas Day

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Almost all the research that lead to the idea that an atomic weapon could be built occurred in Germany in the 1930s. As of 1939, of all the major labs doing atomic research, only Chadwick’s (in Liverpool) was not in Germany, or territory soon to be occupied by Germany. The experiments that uncovered the phenomenon […] Read More

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During World War II, a sense of civic duty and responsibility united the nation and fueled America’s war effort like nothing before or since. People stepped forward to fulfill the jobs demanded of them, and they excelled beyond all expectations. Civilians on the Home Front who worked to assemble America’s “Arsenal of Democracy” were essential […] Read More

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One of the neat things about working at a Museum is that you are surrounded by and work closely with experts in the field― folks who are passionate about preserving material culture from the past because they understand the significance and meaning of these artifacts. Recently, my education co-workers Lauren and Gemma brought in items […] Read More

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Rohwer Center High School Yearbook

At first glance, the pages of the 1944 Résumé yearbook make Rohwer Center High School seem like any other high school on the Home Front, rich with student life, activities, victory gardens and dances. In reality, however, the experience of Rohwer Center students couldn’t have been more different. The school, located at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in McGehee, Arkansas, was created to educate the children of Japanese American descent who were forced from their homes and required to live behind barbed wire for the duration of WWII. Guard towers and barbed wire were everyday features of the lives of these Americans. The majority of those incarcerated at Rohwer came from California, from both rural and heavily populated urban areas like Los Angeles. Most were not used to the climate; inmates were subjected to heavy rains, extreme heat and humidity in the summertime, and poisonous snakes.

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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