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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 28 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

BB's Stage Door…

May 28 - Jun 25, 2017
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in this three-time… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

May 28 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

May 28 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Celebrate National…

May 28 - 28, 2017
Trinity, known for its imaginative cuisine, creative cocktails and bustling… more

Chicken on the Bone…

May 28 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

Heurigen: An Austrian…

May 28 - 28, 2017
The Deutsches Haus is presenting Heurigen: An Austrian Wine Festival on Sunday,… more

Magnolia State Feis

May 28 - 28, 2017
Following the Louisiana State Championship Feis, the new Magnolia State Feis… more

Mercedes Benz…

May 28 - 28, 2017
The  8th Annual  Bayou Country Super Fest is coming to the Mercedes… more

New Orleans Greek…

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Every year descendents of one of the Western world's oldest cultures celebrate… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 28 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 28 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 28 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

May 28 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Senga Nengudi:…

May 28 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

The Go-Go

May 28 - 28, 2017
The Go-Go is a live music series featuring Cajun & Americana dance bands.… more

The Historic New…

May 28 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

The New Orleans Wine…

May 28 - 28, 2017
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Monday Blues

May 29, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 28 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

An Exploration of America's March from Isolation to Action

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 An Exploration of America's March from Isolation to Action

NEW ORLEANS (September 21, 2011) - In a new exhibit, Roosevelt, Rockwell and the Four Freedoms, The National WWII Museum explores how America moved from isolation to action in the lead-up to World War II and how four iconic paintings by Norman Rockwell came to represent the ideals we fought for in the war that changed the world.

In his State of the Union address on January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt first enunciated the Four Freedoms - the principles which came to symbolize what America stood for and fought to defend in World War II: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. Two years later, with the United States fully immersed in the war, Norman Rockwell turned Roosevelt's Four Freedoms into four iconic paintings, which then became some of the best known American propaganda posters of World War II.

The 1,600 square-foot exhibit includes these four original wartime propaganda posters created from Rockwell's work, as well as artifacts illustrating these principles and video displays showing how the Four Freedoms were relevant to Americans during WWII and what they mean today. The artifacts, including a Volksempfänger 301 "Peoples Radio," commonly used for Nazi broadcasts; a child's gas mask, a prisoner of war food package and a dog tag bearing the letter "H" for "Hebrew" powerfully interpret each of the Four Freedoms. These are just a few of the many compelling items presented for public viewing.

"The Four Freedoms exhibit explores a lesser-known side of WWII history-the time period before Pearl Harbor, when Americans debated what to do about the wars in Europe and Asia," said Kenneth Hoffman, the Museum's Director of Education. "As President Roosevelt became convinced that the United States must aid Great Britain in its solitary fight against Nazi Germany, he knew he needed to provide a moral justification to persuade his fellow Americans to go along."

Roosevelt, Rockwell and the Four Freedoms: America's Slow March from Isolation to Action is on view through November 13, 2011 in the Museum's Joe W. and D.D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery. It will be followed by the special exhibition Infamy: December, 1941, focusing on the Pearl Harbor attack which propelled the nation into World War II. This December marks the 70th Anniversary of that cataclysmic event.

The Museum is offering a variety of free programming planned in support of this exhibit - from film screenings to family activities and lectures. Learn more about the public programming that accompanies this exhibit at http://wwiimuseum-marketing.createsend3.com/t/r/l/tdjrlry/ilkdkiel/i/.

The National World War II 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 World War II Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit http://wwiimuseum-marketing.createsend3.com/t/r/l/tdjrlry/ilkdkiel/d/ . Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or visit our Facebook fan page.