For many, the stakes and the scale of World War II are hard to fathom. It was a war fought around the world, against powerful, determined regimes in Europe and the Pacific; some 65 million people died. And as the number of people who have actual memories of the war dwindle — as of next year, there will be fewer than 1 million living veterans — the mission of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans becomes all the more urgent.
Fort Polk has a new museum piece — a World War II-era Sherman tank.
The Town Talk reports that Veterans of Foreign Wars in Many donated the World War II M4 Sherman tank to the Fort Polk Museum. The tank was retrieved from Many by members of the 46th Engineer Battalion and 88th Brigade Support Battalion on Sept. 12.
"We don't want it to deteriorate. We want it to be a proud (part of history) that people can learn about," said Larry Perser, the VFW post commander in Many.
With the grand opening of the Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport about two months away, airport officials hope an agreement with the owner of the hangar housing the museum will keep it in the north Louisiana town of Mound.
The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/PFG0Pa) that the airport's board this week approved an agreement with Vicksburg business owner and foundation president Dan Fordice, who owns the hangar. The agreement allows the airport to buy the hangar and keep the museum.
In the southwestern Indiana town of Evansville, people are a bit baffled after hearing that the town's Museum of Arts, History and Science has had a rare Pablo Picasso piece in storage for almost half a century. Curator Mary Bower says the work went unnoticed because of a clerical error.
"All the documentation associated with the gift indicated that this was by an artist named Gemmaux," she says, "which really happens to be the plural of the artistic technique."
ALBANY, La. — The first segment of work to set up the Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum is complete and work is proceeding on the next phase.
Alex Kropog of Holden, president of the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society, tells The Advocate the initial work focused on the interior of the 75-year-old former school building that will house memorabilia of the cultural influence of Livingston Parish's Hungarian population.
The second phase includes installing a restroom, a small office, a meeting room and additional exhibit space, Kropog said.
White Linen Night may be over for another year, but the new exhibits at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be open to the public through the end of September. For more information on the museum, or on any of the exhibits, visit the Ogden’s website.
The World War II Museum, which opened June 6, 2000, expects its three millionth visitor to arrive sometime Tuesday.
The museum has been experiencing record-setting attendance. Last month, it had a total of 44,807 visitors — the most ever in a one-month period — and over 1,000 more than its previous record month in March 2010.
Based on current visitor total and visitation trends, the museum will expect the three millionth visitor around midmorning.
A presentation ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. CDT.