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CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 20 - 28, 2017
CANO is proud to announce our first photography exhibition in conjunction with… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 20, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Horses, Hops and Cops

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
MEET THE CLYDESDALES! Horses, Hops and Cops is an annual fundraiser produced… more

International House…

Feb 20 - 27, 2017
To many, Mardi Gras means purple, green and gold blinking beads and kegs of… more

Monday Blues

Feb 20, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 20 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
In conjunction with the opening of the New Orleans Museum of Art's (NOMA) … more

Second FRIDAY…

Feb 20 - Mar 4, 2017
'New Work by Max Seckel & Bruce Drinnon'. exhibition dates: February 10 -… more

Special!! BOMBAZO…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
Join us for Master Dancer and Puerto Rican Native, Miteri Tucker Concepcion… more

The Irish House…

Feb 20, 2017
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 20 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The Porter Trio…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
Join us for live music featuring The Porter Trio featuring George Porter Jr,… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

Feb 20, 2017
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

"Organ & Labyrinth"-…

Feb 21 - 21, 2017
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Clarence John…

Feb 21 - Mar 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

Exhibition to feature…

Feb 21 - Mar 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

Rockin' Road To Dublin

Feb 21 - 21, 2017
Following sell-out shows in the Northeast, Rockin' Road To Dublin is coming to… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Feb 21, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

What Ever Happened to…

Feb 21 - 21, 2017
This one-man show features actor Chakula cha Jua performing some of Langston… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Feb 22, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 20 - 28, 2017
CANO is proud to announce our first photography exhibition in conjunction with… more

Get the Scoop at The National WWII Museum

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“In the 1940s, soda fountains were an American institution popular with all ages and classes. Like movies and baseball, they were a staple of American popular culture.”

From Sundae Best – A History of Soda Fountains by Anne Funderberry


Get the Scoop at The National WWII Museum
New John Besh Soda Shop Opening Just in Time for National Ice Cream Day


NEW ORLEANS, La. (June 11, 2011) – Reviving an icon of America’s past, The National WWII Museum is gearing up for the grand opening of its latest attraction, a Soda Shop by award-winning Chef John Besh. The new dining venue will be open just in time for National Ice Cream Day, July 17, designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Besh brings his famed culinary expertise and creativity to the menu. Visitors will find fountain sodas in Melon, Pineapple, Nectar and special seasonal versions, served in vintage 1-quart seltzer bottles; house-made ice creams and milkshakes in flavors as Bananas Foster, Sector Candy Bar Crunch, and Creole Cream Cheese Red Velvet; and an array of signature sandwiches, homemade soups, sweet treats and breakfast items including a “build your own biscuit” option. The Soda Shop is located in The National WWII Museum at 945 Magazine Street at the corner of Andrew Higgins Drive and will be open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Reminiscent of the soda shops that were commonplace in the 1930s and 1940s, the new “hot” spot for cool treats will boast original spinning soda stools from New Orleans’ historic Krauss department store. The Soda Shop combines nostalgic design touches with contemporary architecture to create an inviting, evocative space.

“When guests enter the new Soda Shop at The National WWII Museum, we want them to be transported back in time,” said Besh, “back to the heyday of soda shops, when a stop there meant fellowship and festivity – perhaps welcoming a G.I. back home – and handmade ice cream creations and other treats.”

The first soda fountain with counter service opened in 1903, and soon these new establishments became popular gathering spots across America. In the 1920s, they were hailed as a greater ally for the temperance movement than any sermon preached from the pulpit. By the 1930s and 40’s, soda shops were enjoyed by all ages and were especially popular among teenagers who came both for the treats and to play the jukebox. Sadly, soda shops gradually declined with the post-World War II migration from the cities, where early soda fountains and soda shops were concentrated, to the suburbs.

“One of our goals at The National WWII Museum is to engage visitors with an immersive experience that enables them to learn in a variety of ways,” said Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, Museum president and CEO. “Whether they are speaking with one of our WWII veteran docents, enjoying 1940s musical entertainment in our Stage Door Canteen, watching our 4-D multi-sensory cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries, or, now, having an old-time ice cream soda after the show in a unique new soda shop, guests here will get the full, historical perspective.”

Chef John Besh is also the creative force behind the American Sector, a casual dining restaurant that opened in the Museum in 2009. For more information, visit www.american-sector.com.

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the War that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-527-6012 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org. Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or visit our Facebook fan page.

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