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Knitters and crocheters, save the date! The Museum's first knit-in of 2017 is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on March 4. It's a perfect time to work on your latest project or Knit Your Bit scarf. Veterans who visit the Museum will be able to select a scarf, and children will be able to learn how to finger-knit.

In related news, the Museum's Knit Your Bit Community Partner program, launched in 2016, is going strong. We've partnered with 27 yarn shops, community centers, museums, and libraries around the country so far to begin accepting Knit Your Bit donations.

These partners will deliver scarves to local veterans and report those donations to the Museum. This is a perfect way to stay involved with Knit Your Bit, support a local institution, and help your community's veterans!

Check out our Community Partner website to find a partner near you: https://goo.gl/xDbwIr

If you are a shop owner and would like to partner with The National WWII Museum to collect donations, visit the website or email knitting@nationalww2museum.org for more information.

And we'll see you March 4 under the warbirds of US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center!
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The new Operation Home Front tour visits New Orleans and its #1 attraction: The National WWII Museum. VIP experiences to include a black-tie awards gala, an insider’s tour of the Museum, a ride on a restored patrol-torpedo boat, and tickets to grand opening events for the Museum’s newest exhibit. Reserve today: ww2museumtours.org
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Watch an archived video stream of the 2/21 special presentation about the four chaplains of the USS Dorchester: livestream.com/accounts/5586954

The story: Four chaplains were on board the Dorchester—George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Rabbi Alexander D. Good; Catholic priest John P. Washington; and the Reverend Clark V. Poling, a Reformed Church in America minister—when it was struck by a torpedo from a German U-boat in February 1943.

The chaplains guided men to safety, then gave up their life vests to those who had none. The men went down with the ship and were among nearly 700 who perished.

Presented by Captain Louis Cavaliere, chairman of The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation.
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Watch a live walk-through of #StateofDeception with @HolocaustMuseum educator Sonia Booth: https://goo.gl/mWERtc #Propaganda #WWII
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February 24 and 25 mark the 75th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of Los Angeles. Read all about it in this #SciTechTuesday post on the Museum blog: https://goo.gl/Hw2n8h

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By 1945, more than 1.2 million African Americans had served bravely in every theater of World War II, while simultaneously struggling for their own rights as US citizens. Although the US armed forces were officially segregated until 1948, World War II laid the foundation for postwar integration of the military.

One of our most recent special exhibits, Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII, is a poignant retelling of the stories of the thousands of African Americans who rushed to enlist at the start of the war, intent on serving the country that treated them as second-class citizens. It discusses how hopes of equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for "Double Victory" that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.

More than 600,000 Museum visitors viewed the exhibit during its 10-month run in the The Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery.

Though Fighting for the Right to Fight is no longer on view at the Museum, it still tells the stories of these brave men and women across the country as a traveling exhibit. See the upcoming schedule:

St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg, Florida
On view now through March 5, 2017

Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance, Dallas, Texas
August 31, 2017, to January 26, 2018

Also, visit the Fighting for the Right to Fight companion page on the Museum’s website to explore the exhibit's themes, artifacts, servicemember spotlights, and oral histories:

http://www.righttofightexhibit.org/home/

#BlackHistoryMonth

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Can't make tonight's special presentation about the four chaplains of the USS Dorchester? Stream it live at 6 p.m. CT here: Livestream.com/nww2m

Or, tune in to this page for a Facebook Live video stream.

Read more: https://goo.gl/qQZCAM
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The National WWII Museum is hosting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” through June 18.

The exhibition explores how the Nazi propaganda machine used biased information to sway public opinion, and examines the definition of propaganda, how it operates, why it works, and how we can protect ourselves from its dangers. “State of Deception” asks visitors to actively question and engage with the messages they see, and to learn from this extreme example that democracies, while appearing strong, are fragile without the responsibility and action of their people.

Learn more about the exhibition: https://goo.gl/9IHLbW

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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: https://goo.gl/LATZUh

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: https://goo.gl/R5skQ0

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: barbedwiretobattlefields.org

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: ww2yearbooks.org

And there are oral history accounts of the incarceration camps here—https://goo.gl/Pycamz—and here— https://goo.gl/mJmp4z—as well as stories of brave service in battle—https://goo.gl/YvOh0A—on the Museum’s Digital Collections site, ww2online.org.

Image: Pages from the Rohwer “Résumé.”
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The Museum will be closed on Fat Tuesday (February 28) but otherwise open to visitors throughout Carnival season. Plan your visit now: nationalww2museum.org

The first Mardi Gras Day after the Pearl Harbor attack was on Tuesday, February 17, 1942. Official parades and Carnival balls were canceled due to the war, and stayed that way through 1945.

Still, the Carnival spirit prevailed during World War II in New Orleans and among its residents at war around the world.

This Museum blog post tells the story of how The Mystic Krewe of Snafu brought a little NOLA-style Carnival revelry and satire to wartime Italy: https://goo.gl/nPko37

And this link—https://goo.gl/yD05jI—offers a trip back to Mardi Gras 1943 in New Orleans. Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty served as King and Queen of Carnival, and Fat Tuesday culminated with a community sing on Canal Street—accompanied by the Higgins Industries band!

Happy Mardi Gras, everybody!
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