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WWII AirPower Expo 2014

For one weekend only, WWII AirPower Expo 2014 takes over the tarmac at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport with a fleet of legendary WWII aircraft—fully restored and ready to fly. Visitors can touch and feel the planes, climb inside the cockpits, and even strap in for a chance-of-a-lifetime ride-along flight. Guests can also view ground vehicles from the Museum's collection and experience history hands-on with WWII uniforms and gear. Don't miss this chance to see history in flight! #WWIIAir

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FEATURED EVENTS:

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Lagniappe Lecture/Meet the Author
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sally Asher presents Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names
Join local author Sally Asher for a lecture and slideshow focusing on New Orleans streets named after WWII veterans. Book signing in the Museum store to follow. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.
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WWII AirPower Swing Dance
Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
After the WWII AirPower Expo on Friday, join us for dinner and dancing in the historic New Orleans Lakefront Airport terminal. Recently restored to its original art-deco glory, it's the perfect setting for our nostalgic gala celebration.
Buy your ticket now to join in the fun. (And don't forget your dancing shoes!)

 

Dinner with a Curator
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Toni Kiser presents Buckles, Bayonets, and Bathrobes: Souvenirs of WWII
Men and women traveled thousands of miles during WWII. Along the way many found ways to bring a little piece of these places and the events they witnessed home.
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October 22, 2014
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

October 22, 2014
Lagniappe Lecture/Meet the Author
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center

October 22, 2014
"America's Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to The Andrews Sisters"
11:45 am buffet seating
Stage Door Canteen

October 24, 2014
WWII AirPower Expo 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm New Oreans Lakefront Airport

October 24, 2014
WWII AirPower Swing Dance
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
New Orleans Lakefront Airport Terminal

October 24, 2014
"The Mysterious Wisterias" starring Ricky Graham
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

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In addition to stories about production and factory life, The Higgins Worker also profiled and memorialized former Higgins workers killed in action. The issue from 20 October 1944, reported on the death of Anthony Sconza, who, prior to entering the service, had been a shipfitter at Higgins’ Industrial Canal plant. Sconza’s service and sacrifice are featured in our […] Read More

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This past the September, The National WWII Museum hosted a travel tour rediscovering the continent where the Allies saved the world. Hear from Museum’s Assistant Director of Collections & Exhibits Toni Kiser about her experience on the trip below. Learn more about the Museum’s travel programs on our website, www.ww2museumtours.org. I have recently returned from […] Read More

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In the past two weeks the news has been full of announcements of the 2014 Nobel Prizes. The efforts of the Allies to develop a nuclear bomb in the Tube Alloys and Manhattan Projects involved 21 Nobel Prize winners. James Chadwick, a British scientist who spent World War I in an internment camp in Germany, […] Read More

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High School Yearbooks from WWII

“Every day many men in the flower of their manhood die in battle.” So begins the introduction to ten pages of memorials to former students and alumni in President William McKinley High School’s Class of 1944 yearbook. Yearbooks from the WWII era offer a perspective on a world in upheaval that is both rich and uniquely personal. Of special note is alumnus Shigeo ‘Joe’ Takata, the first Japanese American to die fighting in WWII. Sgt. Takata, a member of the 100th Infantry Battalion, was killed in action on 29 September 1943 in the Salerno to Cassino Campaign.

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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