Join the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a special presentation on “The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II” on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2-3 pm. The public is invited to this free event.
Northwestern State University Associate Professor Dr. Susan Dollar will discuss the role Louisiana played in preparation for the United States’ entry in World War II. Dr. Dollar will share “behind the scenes” stories from central Louisiana on how mobilizing for the impending fight impacted its citizens.
Produced by The National WWII Museum, the exhibition features artifacts, photographs and oral histories that highlight Louisiana’s extraordinary contribution to America’s war efforts during World War II. It will be on display at the museum through March 15.
“Louisiana, played a pivotal role in World War II, especially in the early stages of the war before the Pearl Harbor attack,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “President Eisenhower and General Patton met at the Hotel Bentley in Alexandria, LA, to plan the Fort Polk training exercises, called the Louisiana Maneuvers, and the Higgins boats that were used in the D-Day invasion were built in New Orleans. Our state played a tremendous role, and we are excited to partner with The National WWII Museum for this exhibit.”