Young Benefactors

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The National WWII Museum’s young professional group is focused on cultivating the Museum’s next generation of support through education, engagement, and networking.

Get the inside track!

The Young Benefactors, presented by IBERIABANK | First Horizon, gathers young professionals ages 21–45 for exclusive networking, educational, and social events connected to The National WWII Museum—one of the best museums in the world! Joining the Young Benefactors is an excellent way to engage with young professionals across the country who share belief in our mission, as well as to receive insider knowledge of our growing institution.


  • A season filled with exclusive events, virtual presentations, monthly newsletters, and guided tours of special exhibits, and new Museum additions as the campus expands!
  • Young Benefactor Museum Membership—FREE admission to the Museum from October 2020–October 2021
  • Discounted tickets for Museum special events, including Victory Ball and American Spirit Awards
  • Frontline news of Museum activities through speakers, curators, and historians
  • A chance to meet, mingle, and network with young professionals from across the country

Join Today!

You must be 21 or older to join.

Individual: $100

Dual: $150

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Calendar of Events for the 2020–2021 Season

*Note that precautions are being taken to keep Members safe. Each event will be formatted to align with the current CDC guidelines and any COVID-19 restrictions set by the City of New Orleans. All events through the 2020 calendar year will be held virtually. If and when it is deemed safe to gather larger groups, a portion of events will be held on-site with increased safety precautions in place. Listed events are subject to change.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Virtual Tour of Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II with Jenney Fazande, Director of Exhibits

Welcome to our first installment of this year’s digital series for the Young Benefactors season! Join us for an exclusive virtual presentation of featured artifacts from the Museum’s latest special exhibit, Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II. Be sure to stick around after the presentation for a chat with Jenney Fazande, Director of Exhibits, who will answer all of your questions about the exhibits production via Zoom.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Discussion on Drug Use and Alcohol during World War II with Dr. Kristen Burton

This discussion and Q&A with Dr. Burton will be an exclusive opportunity for Young Benefactors to learn about this little-known and rarely mentioned topic in WWII history.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Holiday Zoomtacular with the Victory Belles

Join us for a holiday sing along with the Museum’s Victory Belles! You won’t want to miss this virtual tea party as we say goodbye to 2020!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Young Benefactors Book Club

Additional young professional groups throughout the region will join us as we explore World War II through the stories of minority groups who served during a time of segregation and staunch gender biases, as well as how their experiences can shine light on today’s social and political climate.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Experience The Shoah Foundation’s new Liberator Series of Dimensions in Testimony

The Shoah Foundation is the leading expert on demonstrating the lasting effects of hatred and racism in world history, which has led them to develop an interactive exhibit that is designed to leave a lasting impression for those who engage with it. Through hours of interviews, coupled with the latest technology, you will be able to directly ask WWII veterans and holocaust victims your hard-hitting questions and experience their reactions and emotions regarding some of humanity's most trying times.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Springtime Social

Join us at Martin Wine Cellar for this spring-time social. A DJ will be onsite to get the party started as we learn new cocktail recipes and sample a collection of wine specially curated by Martin’s staff for our group. Don’t miss the opportunity to casually mingle with other YB Members and Museum staff this spring!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Exclusive Tour of Trench Art During World War II with Museum curator Tom Czekanski

Join us for an exclusive virtual presentation of featured artifacts from the Museum’s latest special exhibit, Trench Art during World War II. Be sure to stick around after the presentation for a chat with Museum curator Tom Czekanski, who will answer all of your questions via Zoom.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Summer Soiree with the Museum’s Curatorial Team

Pack your favorite chair or blanket, and join us off-site for a lakefront picnic with the Museum’s curatorial team as we explore the many uses of Lake Pontchartrain during World War II.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Video Premiere: Meet The Young Benefactors

Join us for the world premiere of Meet The Young Benefactors! This video highlights the essential work being done by the Museum’s Young Benefactors to preserve the legacy of the Greatest Generation.