Exhibit on industry and life during the depression at the National WWII Museum

Manufacturing Victory

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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

Booking Terms

  • 10-week minimum booking period
  • Rental fee of $5,500 plus inbound shipping

Travel Schedule

Garland Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing
Garland, TX
June 6, 2022 to August 15th, 2022

Oshkosh Public Museum
Oshkosh, WI
October 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
Little Rock, AR
March 7, 2023 to May 16, 2023

No longer available for booking

Installation Logistics

Host Requirements

  • 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

Support Provided

  • 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.

Press Package

Graphic Package

Support Provided

  • Consultation with marketing and communications staff
Education Resources

Classroom Guide

  • Guide highlights the educational themes of the exhibit and reference resources.

Education Package

  • Education package includes exhibit-themed lesson plans, fact sheets, and activity sheets.

Support Provided

  • Consultation with our Education department.

Manufacturing Victory website

Additional educational resources