New Orleans is known for its French Quarter, great jazz and delicious beignets. But did you know it is also home to a world-renowned military history museum designated by Congress in 2004 as America’s National World War II Museum?
A generous donation by Boyd Gaming and Treasure Chest Casino helped support part of a new permanent museum exhibit about the stateside war effort. The grand opening and dedication was Saturday, June 10.
“America Responds” is the fourth of nine galleries in The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front. Boyd Gaming and Treasure Chest’s names are recognized on a panel at the threshold of the gallery and on a donor wall.
The Arsenal of Democracy explores through multimedia, interactive displays, artifacts and oral histories “the epic undertaking by industry, ingenuity and the labor of millions of patriotic Americans.”
“America Responds” captures the “determination and unity within the context of a typical town” and how the beginning of World War II brought everyone together, as American media worked with the U.S. government in publishing iconic WWII propaganda.
“Boyd Gaming and Treasure Chest Casino are honored to help fulfill The National WWII Museum’s mission of telling why the war was fought, how it was won and what it means today so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn,” said Vincent Schwartz, Boyd Gaming senior vice president of operations. He attended the Saturday, June 10 event with Mike Garms, Treasure Chest vice president and general manager.
“The ‘America Responds’ gallery is actually my favorite gallery within the exhibit, because it explores how our nation came together and rallied around the war effort,” said Megan Franich, major gift officer for the museum. “We’re incredibly grateful to Boyd Gaming and Treasure Chest for their part in helping bring this exhibit to life.”
The National WWII Museum, which opened in 2000, also includes exhibits and programs covering all aspects of the war on the battlefront. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.