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"Run For It - Run For…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
“Run For It – Run for Spot!” Crescent City Classic… more

30 Americans

Apr 19 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

An Evening with Chita…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Chita Rivera is a living Broadway legend and a two-time Tony winner who… more

Crescent City Classic

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
With top runners from throughout the world participating in previous years, the… more

Earth Day Festival…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
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Family Workshop:…

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Don’t touch that dial! In this fun-filled family workshop, kids and… more

Historic Saturday…

Apr 19 - Nov 22, 2014
One of the keys to understanding NOLA’s past, present, and future is to… more

Living History Corps

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
The Museum’s World War II re-enactors, collectively known as the Living… more

LIVING LEGEND CHITA…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
***Two time Tony winner and Broadway’s original Anita in “West Side… more

Southern Rep, Stage…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Southern Rep, the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum and… more

The Andrews Brothers

Apr 19 - 26, 2014
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy, romance and miscal treasures fill this… more

Victory Corps Saturday

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
During D-Day on June 6, 1944, the Naval Construction Battalions called… more

Double Violin Concert…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Performing Bach's violin concerto and Vivaldi's double violin concerti. more

Early Modern Faces: …

Apr 20 - Jun 29, 2014
This exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints… more

Easter Brunch at the…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Join us on Easter Sunday, April 20th in the hotel's elegant Grand Ballroom for… more

Irving "Honey"…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Various Mardi Gras Indian tribes will line up  for the 1st Annual Irving… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Zurich Classic

Apr 21 - 27, 2014
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Organ & Labyrinth…

Apr 22 - May 6, 2014
Organ Recital & Candlelight with Albinas on the 5000 pipe trinity tracker… more

"Run For It - Run For…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
“Run For It – Run for Spot!” Crescent City Classic… more

National WWII Museum Exhibition to Focus on Pivotal Battle of Midway and Preceding Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Exhibition to Focus on Pivotal Battle of Midway and Preceding Events

NEW ORLEANS (April 17, 2012) - The newest exhibition at The National WWII Museum will examine the tumultuous early months of World War II when prospects for victory in the Pacific shifted from bleak to hopeful. Turning Point: The Doolittle Raid, Battle of the Coral Sea, and Battle of Midway opens April 18 in the Museum's Malcolm Forbes Theater.

The pivotal Battle of Midway and preceding events will be the focus of the exhibition, recalled by those who witnessed history as it unfolded. Relying heavily on the Museum's HD video and oral history collection, the exhibition, on view through July 8, features personal accounts from the sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines who played critical roles in securing early victories that rallied America's beleaguered armed forces and citizens on the Home Front. Archival photos and footage, interlaced with veterans' recollections, will give visitors an understanding of what these men experienced 70 years ago, while accompanying artifacts will illustrate the equipment, uniforms and weaponry used during the war.

"In the early days of WWII, the United States Pacific Fleet heroically fought Japanese forces in a decidedly uphill battle and kept them from moving closer toward the US mainland," said Dr. Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, The National WWII Museum's president and chief executive officer. "Through a series of bold moves, the American underdogs were able to take the upper hand from the Japanese, effectively ending the threat of future Japanese advances in the Pacific. Turning Point captures this period in history and tells the story of the brave service members who made victory a reality."

In conjunction with the exhibition's opening, the Museum will host author Elliot Carlson for a General Raymond E. Mason Lecture on April 18 in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Carlson, a longtime journalist and author, will discuss his book Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway. Capt. Joe Rochefort headed Station Hypo, the US Navy's signals monitoring and cryptographic intelligence unit at Pearl Harbor, and broke the Japanese navy's code before the Battle of Midway, helping to intercept enemy communications and change the course of the war. Elliot Carlson is the recipient of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize awarded by The New York Council of the Navy League of the United States in conjunction with the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Theodore Roosevelt Association. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception followed by Carlson's presentation at 6 p.m. and a book signing at 7 p.m.

For in-depth information on Turning Point, including associated public programming, please visit http://turningpoint1942.org/index.html.

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 served on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org. Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or visit our Facebook page.