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On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the War Department the authority to declare any part of the country a restricted military area “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” California, Oregon, Washington, and parts of Arizona soon received that designation.

From a Museum blog post about the immediate aftermath of Roosevelt’s action:

“Beginning in March of 1942, Japanese Americans were ordered to register with the War Relocation Authority (WRA) for ‘evacuation.’ Families were told they could only bring what they could carry. Businesses, homes, and possessions had to be sold or entrusted to neighbors or friends. Pets had to be left behind. Of the more than 110,000 people sent to Internment Camps, two-thirds were Nisei—first generation Americans—and the other third were Issei—born in Japan. A great many of the internees were children and teenagers.

“By October 1942 nearly all internees were housed in 10 hastily built camps run by the WRA. These camps were located in isolated, often desolate locations. Barbed wire and military police surrounded them. Along with loss of freedom, families shared a single room (often without plumbing and little heat), ate in communal dining halls, endured harsh weather, and suffered mental and physical stresses of being confined against their will. Nutrition, education, and health care were all inadequate. Despite these substandard conditions, people did their best to make life in the camps as ‘normal’ as possible. They established schools and governing bodies, organized baseball teams, created music and art groups, planted vegetable gardens, and held religious services—anything they could do to make life in the camps bearable.”

Read more about Japanese American incarceration during World War II in the post:

The Museum’s Digital Collections contain a wealth of resources on this topic, to this day one of the most intensely debated US actions of World War II. For starters, here’s a link to some more archived Museum blog posts:

In 2014, a Museum special exhibit—From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII—explored the topic in great depth, and also celebrated the tremendous contributions Japanese Americans made to the war effort. The exhibit’s website is a rich resource for students, teachers, and anyone interested in the subject. Find it here:

Also worth investigating is the Rohwer Center High School “Résumé,” a 1944 high school yearbook produced in an incarceration camp in McGehee, Arkansas. It’s part of the Museum’s large collection of digitized high school yearbooks from the WWII era:

And there are oral history accounts of the incarceration camps here——and here——as well as stories of brave service in battle——on the Museum’s Digital Collections site,

Image: Pages from the Rohwer “Résumé.”

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Follow an epic WWII journey across Europe by reserving your spot now for the Easy Company: England to the Eagle’s Nest tour. See the places where Allied victory was fought and won— Aldbourne to Normandy to Bastogne and beyond—all in first-class comfort. Book before April 1 and save $1,000 per couple:

Image: Tour guide and Easy Company veteran Bradford C. “Brad” Freeman.

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Check out this photo spread featuring striking images of The National WWII Museum by architectural photographer Pygmalion Karatzas:

The newly dedicated Founders Plaza has changed the Museum landscape since these photos were made, and there are more changes yet to come, but our unique architecture is beautifully captured here.

Thank you, Pygmalion Karatzas and!

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Judges are needed for National History Day regional contests in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport, and Monroe as well as the state contest in New Orleans, which determines which students go on to represent Louisiana at the national competition in Washington DC. Read more and sign up today: #NationalHistoryDay

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Reserve your spot today for the 2017 Winston S. Churchill Symposium, a full day dedicated to one of the 20th century’s most fascinating people. March 18 at The National WWII Museum:

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The National WWII Museum offers an engaging field-trip experience exploring the special exhibition “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

This immersive experience will help students understand how the Nazi propaganda machine used biased information to sway public opinion during World War II. Students will examine the definition of propaganda, how it operates, why it works, and why it is so important to protect ourselves from its dangers.

The field trip will consist of two 45-minute participatory segments. The first is in the exhibit gallery, where students explore the images of Nazi propaganda. The second takes place in our classroom, where students will examine how propaganda impacts people and what they can do to recognize propaganda today.

This field trip is 90 minutes in length, has a 60-student capacity, and is available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. The exhibition runs through June 18. Call the Museum’s group sales department at 504-528-1944 x 222 to book your field trip today!

Learn more about the exhibition:

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Join David Culbert, PhD, on March 8 for a multimedia presentation about Nazi film propaganda. “The Film Ministry: Nazi Mass Media and Anti-Semitic Film Propaganda” begins at 6:00 p.m. CT in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, and will be preceded by a 5:00 p.m. viewing of State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, a special exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. State of Deception is on display in the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery on the second level of Louisiana Memorial Pavilion through June 18.

Dr. Culbert, of Louisiana State University, will screen clips of propaganda films and discuss his article, “The Impact of Anti-Semitic Film Propaganda on German Audiences: Jew Suss and The Wandering Jew,” from the book “Art, Culture, and Media under the Third Reich.”

The presentation is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested:

For more information, call 504-528-1944 x 463.

The State of Deception exhibition was underwritten in part by grants from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990, and Dr. and Mrs. Sol Center.

Local exhibition support provided by Goldring Family Foundation & The Woldenberg Foundation.

Presenting support provided by an anonymous donor.

Public programming for State of Deception courtesy of the Bleznick Family Foundation.

Learn more about the exhibition:

Watch a live walk-through of State of Deception with United States Holocaust Museum Memorial educator Sonia Booth:

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Be among the first to see PT-305 on the water by reserving your ticket now for Drafts for Crafts, a nautical-themed launch party coming March 25 to the new Lakeshore Landing.

You won't want to miss out on the fun, which will include dining, libations, and dancing—in addition to knowing that your participation will help support PT-305's operation during her first year of rides and tours on the water.

Entertainment will be provided by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, and Where Y'acht.

Also, be sure to check out the fabulous Drafts for Crafts wine raffle: A $10 ticket buys you a chance to win 50 bottles of wine, each valued at $20 or more.

You can't wine if you don't play!

Reserve now:

PT-305’s latest exciting chapter moved her closer to her home waters of Lake Pontchartrain, where she was originally tested for combat readiness by Higgins Industries more than 70 years ago. In November, PT-305 exited John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, her longtime restoration home, and traveled through the streets of New Orleans to the Mississippi River and then onward toward extensive Coast Guard testing for seaworthiness.

Rides and tours launch April 1. Come aboard PT-305 to see, hear, and feel the history:

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The Los Angeles Times spotlights our newest travel experience, the River Seine to the Beaches of Normandy tour, to be guided by Alex Kershaw, best-selling author of “The Bedford Boys” and “Avenue of Spies”:

Reserve before June 30 and save $1,000 per couple!

Explore the itinerary and book your tour today:
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