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ESSENCE Music Festival

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NASA Week to Blast…

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Jul 5 - Sep 7, 2015
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Red, White, and…

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In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
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Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 7 - 25, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
Join us at the Book Club for  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 7 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Sweat Social…

Jul 7 - Dec 20, 2015
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Gambit’s 2015…

Jul 8 - 8, 2015
Gambit's 2015 Emerging Chefs Challenge recognizes the next generation of… more

2015 Francisco…

Jul 9 - 9, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2015 Francisco Bouligny Lecture will… more

Langlois Girls Night…

Jul 9 - Sep 3, 2015
Bring your friends to Langlois on Thursdays or Fridays this summer for girls'… more

LIVE IMPROV WITH NOLA…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Improv Comedy with NOLA ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a… more

San Fermin in Nueva…

Jul 9 - 12, 2015
The 9th Annual Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is… more

Yappy Hour in the…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Smoothie King Center…

Jul 10 - 11, 2015
Garth Brooks is bringing his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood to the Smoothie… more

Toast & Tiki Tails

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Toasts & Tiki-Tails" will be held at the NO Fleas Market  during… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

Gen. David Petraeus, Best-Selling Author Rick Atkinson and Historians Debate a Fateful 1943 at National WWII Museum's International Conference

NEW ORLEANS (August 22, 2013) - The public is invited to join award-winning historians and military experts in New Orleans on November 21-23 for the International Conference on WWII and explore the momentous decisions of a year that altered the course of the war that changed the world. Time is of the essence for those interested in attending. Space at the popular conference is disappearing fast.

1943: Victory in the Balance, the third installment of the Museum's 70th Anniversary of World War II Conference Series presented by Tawani Foundation in association with Pritzker Military Library, will feature a noted lineup of academic and military stars including US Army General (ret.) David Petraeus, best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson, military historian Donald L. Miller, British historian and Yale professor Paul Kennedy, and The National WWII Museum's President and CEO Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller.

"This year's conference will be one of our most engaging to date, featuring exceptional speakers and topics," Mueller said. "Understanding the shifting currents and high stakes of World War II requires a close examination of the events of 1943. It was an incredibly anxious time for the Allies - we could have still lost the war, bringing consequences we can hardly imagine today."

The two-and-a-half-day conference focuses on the pivotal events of 1943, America's second full year of fighting and a period when the tide of war finally turned to favor the Allies. Featured are an array of events and seminars that explore the personalities and controversies at a time of immense risk and challenge. Topics cover both the European and Pacific Theaters. They include Island Hopping in the Pacific, Learning the Lessons of Amphibious Landings, A Tale of Two Invasions: Salerno vs. Anzio and The Ground War in Italy.

Other outstanding WWII historians serving as conference panelists include Max Boot, Conrad Crane, Rob Citino, Richard Frank, Alex Kershaw and Allan Millett.

"Allied triumphs in the Mediterranean, Allied advances in the Pacific, in Italy, and on the Eastern Front, Allied domination of sea and sky - these developments reveal how pivotal 1943 was during World War II," said Atkinson. "For the first time, victory over the Axis powers not only seemed possible, but probable."

Miller added that during the year 1943, "after suffering a series of staggering defeats the previous year, the war began to go better for the Allies. But despite stirring victories at Guadalcanal, Stalingrad and in North Africa, at the end of 1943 the war was still in the balance. While optimists predicted victory in the ‘foreseeable future,' wiser heads knew that there is no such thing as the foreseeable future. The future can never be foreseen."

This in-depth conference includes far more than presentations. Evenings will offer a chance to talk with attendees, speakers and Museum historians over cocktails and fine dining. The closing banquet will include the George P. Shultz Forum on World Affairs, featuring Gen. Petraeus and Boot in a presentation entitled Grappling with the Lessons of History: The Legacy of WWII in Modern Combat and Intelligence.

This extraordinary gathering of military experts and historians offers an exciting opportunity for those interested in WWII and American history.

For more information on the International Conference on World War II, pricing and accommodations, visit the event website at www.ww2conference.com  or call 877-813-3329 x 511.

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, 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 504-527-6012 or visit http://www.nationalww2museum.org/. Follow us on Twitter at WWIIMuseum or visit our Facebook page.