Manufacturing Victory tells the inspiring story of the Home Front effort that produced tanks, planes, ships, and guns with staggering speed and unparalleled energy. It was a surge in productivity that not only brought the country out of depression, but also created mighty military forces, supplied the Allies abroad, and opened new doors of opportunity and social change.
About The Exhibit
In 1940, the world was at war. But the United States—a virtually unarmed nation still struggling with the Great Depression—was not. Most Americans, wary from our previous experiences with the Great War and focused on their own economic security, wanted to keep it that way. But it was clear to its leaders that America must find a way to support Britain's fight against Germany—if only to keep American boys away from the front lines. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, knowing that Americans could not afford to let England fail, called the nation to serve in a different way:
Our allies "ask us for the implements of war, the planes, the tanks, the guns, the freighters which will enable them to fight for their liberty and for our security. Emphatically we must get these weapons to them, get them to them in sufficient volume and quickly enough, so that we and our children will be saved the agony and suffering of war which others have had to endure."
The special exhibit Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy shows how ordinary Americans responded to Roosevelt's call to action, transforming the United States from an isolationist nation still reeling from the Great Depression into the world's greatest industrial power defined by ingenuity, effort, engagement, and opportunity. In factories throughout the country, Americans of every stripe worked to produce tanks, planes, ships, and guns in an unprecedented surge that not only brought the country out of the Depression, but created our mighty military forces, supplied the Allies abroad, opened new doors of opportunity to millions of citizens, and propelled social change on the Home Front.
It was an era of tremendous industry and innovation, solidarity, and hope; a moment of unprecedented engagement and connectedness. As Americans took Roosevelt's words to heart and saw each man and woman as a vital part of the war effort, their efforts yielded a tremendous return, and took a vital step on the noble path that defined the WWII generation.
National Touring Exhibit presented by HP with additional support provided by Citi and Motorola Solutions
Available for Booking
- February – April 2021
- August – October 2021
- January – December 2022
- 10-week minimum booking period
- Rental fee of $5,500 plus inbound shipping
Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL
March 5, 2020, to May 17, 2020
Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT
June 11, 2020, to October 25, 2020
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Little Rock, AR
May 19, 2021, to July 28, 2021
- Minimum of 1,000 square feet of exhibit space
- Secure exhibit space that is staffed during open hours
- Gallery lighting (exhibit is not self-lit)
- Minimum of two-person installation crew
- Certificate of Insurance
- Exhibit layout and design assistance from the WWII Museum exhibit designer
- Exhibit installation and packing guide provided
- Installation supervision and assistance by the WWII Museum traveling exhibit manager
Press and Marketing Materials
The National WWII Museum has created the press and graphic packages linked below to ensure our Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy traveling exhibit will reach the widest audience at your venue.
In accordance with the contract, any publicity materials—including e-publicity—must be sent to our traveling exhibitions department for review and approval prior to printing and distribution.
- Traveling exhibit style guide (Includes exhibit color scheme and templates for advertisements, invitations, rack cards, and signage.)
- Consultation with marketing and communications staff
- Guide highlights the educational themes of the exhibit and reference resources.
- Education package includes exhibit-themed lesson plans, fact sheets, and activity sheets.
- Consultation with our Education department.
Applications and Forms
Are you interested in bringing this exhibit to your institution? Please review our current schedule/availability, installation logistic page, and the forms below and contact us by phone or email if you need more information. Once you have reviewed all the information, please submit all materials and we will review and inform you of any concerns regarding a potential exhibit presentation. If you are approved as a host venue, we will contact you and proceed with contracting.
Submit by mail to:
Amy Day, Traveling Exhibits Manager, The National WWII Museum,
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, 70130
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Traveling exhibit application
Please fill out the following report when the exhibit closes at your institution. It will help us improve host institutions' experiences and learn visitation patterns, as well as information regarding associated educational programs and events.