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About This Exhibit

National Touring Exhibit Presented by HP
Additional support provided by Citi and Motorola Solutions

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In 1940, the world was at war. But the United States—a virtually unarmed nation still struggling with the Great Depression—was not. Most Americans, wary from our previous experiences with the Great War and focused on their own economic security, wanted to keep it that way. But it was clear to its leaders that America must find a way to support Britain's fight against Germany—if only to keep American boys away from the front lines. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, knowing that Americans could not afford to let England fail, called the nation to serve in a different way:

Our Allies "ask us for the implements of war, the planes, the tanks, the guns, the freighters which will enable them to fight for their liberty and for our security. Emphatically we must get these weapons to them, get them to them in sufficient volume and quickly enough, so that we and our children will be saved the agony and suffering of war which others have had to endure."

The special exhibit Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy shows how ordinary Americans responded to Roosevelt's call to action, transforming the United States from an isolationist nation still reeling from the Great Depression into the world's greatest industrial power defined by ingenuity, effort, engagement, and opportunity. In factories throughout the country, Americans of every stripe worked to produce tanks, planes, ships, and guns in an unprecedented surge that not only brought the country out of the Depression, but created our mighty military forces, supplied the Allies abroad, opened new doors of opportunity to millions of citizens, and propelled social change on the Home Front.

It was an era of tremendous industry and innovation, solidarity, and hope; a moment of unprecedented engagement and connectedness. As Americans took Roosevelt's words to heart and saw each man and woman as a vital part of the war effort, their efforts yielded a tremendous return, and took a vital step on the noble path that defined the Greatest Generation.

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Available for Booking

• June – September 2017
• June – July 2018
• November 2018 – January 2019
• June – December 2019

Booking Terms

• 10-week booking period
• Rental fee of $5,500 plus inbound shipping

Current Travel Schedule

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Pooler, GA
March 20, 2017 to May 28, 2017

Yankee Air Museum, Belleville, MI
February 15, 2018 to May 15, 2018

Wright Museum of World War II, Wolfeboro, NH
August 20, 2018 to November 4, 2018

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, Doylestown, PA
February 2, 2019 to May 5, 2019

Installation Logistics

Host Requirements

• Minimum of 1,000 square feet of exhibit space
• Secure exhibit space that is staffed during open hours
• Gallery lighting (exhibit is not self-lit)
• Minimum of two-person installation crew
• Certificate of Insurance

Support Provided

• Exhibit layout and design assistance from the WWII Museum exhibit designer
• Exhibit installation and packing guide provided
• Installation supervision and assistance by the WWII Museum traveling exhibit manager

Press and Marketing Materials

The National WWII Museum has created the press and graphics packages linked below to ensure our Manufactruing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy traveling exhibit will reach the widest audience at your venue.

In accordance with the contract, any publicity materials—including e-publicity—must be sent to our traveling exhibits department for review and approval prior to printing and distribution.

Press Package

High-resolution press images
Press release template

Graphics Package

Traveling exhibit style guide (Includes exhibit color scheme and templates for advertisements, invitations, rack cards, and signage.)

Support Provided

Consultation with marketing and communications staff

Educational Resources

  • Classroom Guide

    Guide highlights the educational themes of the exhibit and reference resources.

  • Education Package

    Education package includes exhibit-themed lesson plans, fact sheets, and activity sheets.


Additional Resources

• One on-site professional development workshop (2–3 hour workshop)
• One distance-learning program for students
• Curator lecture (when available, additional fees apply)

Support Provided

Consultation with assistant director of education for curriculum, assistant director for public programs, and the assistant director of education for interpretation.

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Applications and Forms

Are you interested in bringing this exhibit to your institution? Please review our current schedule/availability, installation logistics, and the forms below and contact us by phone or email if you need more information. Once you have reviewed all the information, please submit all materials and we will review and inform you of any concerns regarding a potential exhibit presentation. If you are approved as a host venue, we will contact you and proceed with contracting.

Submit by mail to: Jenney Fazande, Traveling Exhibits Manager, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, 70130

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  • Pre-Host Forms

    Download, fill out, and scan or mail the Host Application and Facility Report below. The Facility Report provides a record of the latest information about an institution's physical specifications and staff practices, and will help us better serve your institution's needs.

    Application Facility Report
  • Post-Host Form

    Please fill out the following report when the exhibit closes at your institution. It will help us improve host institutions' experiences and learn visitation patterns, as well as information regarding associated educational programs and events.

    Final Report