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Years before there were any cranes in the sky on Tulane Avenue, they could be seen in the CBD constructing a fairly modest building called the D-Day Museum.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dr. Gordon Mueller about how that grew into a three-block long institution, officially designated in 2003 by the Congress of the United States as America's National World War II Museum.

The historical gem of Minden, La. -- the Germantown Colony Museum -- is getting a second life with a new visitor’s center under construction. The new building will showcase the German settlers who established a commune in north Louisiana in the early 1800s in a quest to avoid religious persecution.

Two museums in Shreveport and Alexandria have formed a partnership to expose more Central Louisiana children to hands-on science learning. With funding from the Central Louisiana Community Foundation, the T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum in Alexandria will host a traveling exhibit from Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center. Hundreds of children will take part in the Gee Whiz Science Carnvial during its five-day exhibit in Alexandria. T.R.E.E. House director Kara Edwards said she hopes this collaboration with Sci-Port opens up new doors for her museum.

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin has turned into a mini Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the premiere of the Robert Poland Collection. The Lufkin businessman has collected musical memorabilia for nearly 60 years. Poland owns buildings in Lufkin that house thousands of autographed records, guitars and other instruments from legendary musicians who span generations – from Muddy Waters to Bruce Springsteen. Over time, Poland said he’s developed a close network of dealers around the country, never once entertaining eBay to make purchases.

Paintings that are part of the Kasten Art Collection go on display today at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport. The Kasten Family of South Carolina has amassed works by British and European painters completed between the 1860s and 1920s. The Norton’s Emily Young said 32 pieces are on display in two galleries. It’s the second stop of a nationwide tour. She says the works – many impressionistic  – have a common trait: paintings within paintings.

Barksdale Museum Gets a Big Makeover

Mar 13, 2013

The Barksdale Global Power Museum is undergoing a transformation. The exhibits, some dating back to 1978, are being redone and modernized. Eventually, they’ll tell a cohesive story about the role of Barksdale Air Force Base through time and the heritage of the bomber.

Courtesy The National WWII Museum

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.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has chosen a Baton Rouge native to lead the Louisiana State Museum system as assistant secretary in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Mark Tullos will begin the job Jan. 21, overseeing 11 museum sites around the state, including the Cabildo in New Orleans and the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

Dardenne's office announced the hiring Monday.

A traveling exhibit about professional football in America is coming to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

"Gridiron Glory, The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" includes a section about football during World War II. It also will have a home-team area for each host city.

It's part of the Hall of Fame's 50-year celebration and features more than 200 of its artifacts.

The exhibit opens Oct. 6 in Pittsburgh. It moves to New Orleans for an opening on Jan. 26 — just before the Super Bowl — and runs through May 5.

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.