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Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II opening

On February 1, 2019, the Office of the Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will unveil a new special exhibition at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum called "The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II". Produced by The National WWII Museum, the exhibition will feature artifacts, photographs and oral histories that highlight Louisiana’s extraordinary contributions toward America achieving victory in World War II.

The exhibition opens with a reception from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, February 1, with drinks, appetizers, and a special performance by the Victory Belles. The public is invited to this free opening event.

On December 8, 1941, just one day after the Pearl Harbor attacks, the United States officially entered World War II – Louisiana, however, was already front and center in the country’s defense preparations. From 1940 to 1945, the state hosted the largest maneuvers in US military history, witnessed massive changes to its industrial base, and saw its citizens become enthusiastic contributors to what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt deemed “The Arsenal of Democracy.”

Event date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019
Location: 
800 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457