Welcome Reception at The National WWII Museum
Tuesday November 27, 5:30–8:30pm
NAI invites you for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, a second-line brass-band parade, and a private museum tour as we open our 2018 conference with a welcome reception at The National WWII Museum.
Join us as we kick-off the evening New Orleans style with a second-line parade! Meet us at the Marriott and join in the fun as we march through the French Quarter behind the “Sound of Crescent City,” a New Orleans brass band, and end at the WWII Museum for a reception and special private tour of the Campaigns of Courage and the Louisiana Memorial Pavilions!
The WWII Museum will be closed to the public so that you may mingle with colleagues as you experience the immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories taking you inside the story of the war that changed the world. The reception will start with hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion—a re-created 1940s train station that is the perfect introduction to the museum experience, inviting you to follow in the footsteps of new recruits on their way to war. Continue to The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front exhibit on the second floor. After you’ve experienced the war from the home front step into the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion which features exhibits that tell the story of the war from the bitter setbacks in the first desert battles in North Africa, to the struggle at Germany’s doorstep. Walk through the galleries in the Road to Berlin exhibit with recreated environments and battlefields where Allied forces fought—taking you inside the story of how the war was won.
4:30pm: Second-line parade line up outside of the Marriott (Please note: the parade is included with the welcome reception however to participate you must sign up for separately. To meet regulations the second line is maxed at 300 participates).
4:45pm: Parade begins
5:15–8:30pm: A bus will be provided at the Marriott for those with mobility issues. For those not participating in the second-line parade, the WWII is an easy 20 min walk from the Marriott.
What to Wear: Your favorite New Orleans–style hat! Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.
Price: $25 (includes second-line parade, appetizers and housemade pastries, and entry to the museum; cash bar available).
Guest Tickets: $65