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
You must be 21 or older to join.
Calendar of Events for the 2020–2021 Season
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
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.