A United States postage stamp issued in 1999 commemorating women’s support of the World War II war effort.

I’m Karen Brem, the Marketing Director for the Historic Mardi gras Inn, and I’m thrilled to share an exciting and enriching experience awaiting you in our beloved city. The National World War II Museum, located right here in New Orleans at 945 Magazine St., is hosting a phenomenal exhibit titled “Our War Too: Women in Service.” This captivating exhibit is only here until July 21, 2024, so seize the moment to visit before it moves on to its next destination.

The National World War II Museum is a jewel in our city’s crown, and this exhibit shines a spotlight on the often-overlooked but incredibly significant contributions of women during World War II. The exhibit, with its meticulously curated displays and compelling narratives, honors the brave women who left the comfort of their homes to serve our country. These women were pioneers, stepping into roles that were previously unimaginable for women and proving that they were just as capable and courageous as their male counterparts.

During World War II, approximately 350,000 women donned uniforms and served in various capacities. These women were part of different branches of the armed services, including the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), and the Coast Guard’s SPARs. Many of these women were stationed in foreign countries, serving alongside men in critical roles that were essential to the war effort. 

The exhibit vividly brings to life the stories of these women through personal artifacts, photographs, and first-hand accounts. You’ll learn about trailblazers like Oveta Culp Hobby, the first director of the WAC, and Jacqueline Cochran, the head of the WASP. Their leadership and determination not only contributed to the war effort but also paved the way for future generations of women in the military.

One of the most poignant aspects of the exhibit is its focus on the diversity of women who served. It highlights the experiences of women of color, who faced both gender and racial discrimination, yet still served with distinction and honor. These stories are a testament to their resilience and dedication to the cause of freedom and justice.

As you walk through the exhibit, you’ll be struck by the sheer scale and scope of the women’s contributions. From flying planes to operating radios, these women were involved in nearly every aspect of the war effort. The exhibit also explores the challenges they faced upon returning home, as many struggled to gain recognition for their service and to reintegrate into civilian life.

The “Our War Too: Women in Service” exhibit is not just a history lesson; it’s a powerful reminder of the strength and spirit of women. It’s an inspiration for all of us, and it’s an experience that you won’t want to miss.

While you’re planning your visit to this remarkable exhibit, consider staying with us at the Historic Mardi Gras Inn. We pride ourselves on offering clean, affordable accommodations and a warm, welcoming staff dedicated to making your stay in New Orleans memorable. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that our visitors have a fantastic time exploring all that our vibrant city has to offer. For information on accommodations visit us at historicmardigrasinn.com or phone us at (504)949-5815.

Admission to The National World War II Museum is $35, a small price to pay for the wealth of knowledge and inspiration you’ll gain from the visit. Make sure to mark your calendars and plan your trip soon, as the exhibit will only be here until July 21, 2024.

Come celebrate the incredible stories of these heroic women with us. New Orleans is ready to welcome you with open arms, and the “Our War Too: Women in Service” exhibit is an experience that will stay with you long after you’ve left our charming city.

See you soon, and let’s honor the brave women who fought for our freedom!

Warmest regards,

Karen Brem

Marketing Director, Historic Mardi Gras Inn

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