On January 8th, The West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibit titled Life in the 1940s in West Baton Rouge. The exhibit will feature artifacts and photographs from the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s permanent collection that highlight one of the most event filled decades in history. Life the 1940s in West Baton Rouge will be on display through March 20th, 2022 in The Brick Gallery.
The decade opened with a nation at war, and everyone on the home front pitching in to do their part. At the same time, this generation was also witness to amazing innovations and cultural shifts that helped propel America into a brighter future. For all of their tragedy, the 1940s were ultimately characterized by triumph. They were years of growth and strength for many West Baton Rouge residents. Walk through this compelling time with images and artifacts from the Historical Association’s collection and see what made the 1940s such a unique time in West Baton Rouge history.
The Pelican State Goes to War
On January 22nd, The West Baton Rouge Museum will unveil a new special exhibit, The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II. Produced by The National WWII Museum, the exhibit will feature artifacts, photographs and oral histories that highlight Louisiana’s contributions during World War II. The exhibit will run through March 20th, 2022 in the Whitehead Gallery and is FREE to the public .
“World War II provided new, previously unimaginable opportunities to Louisiana’s residents,” said the exhibit’s curator, James Linn. “This exhibit will highlight the heroic stories of people like Claire Chennault, who created an early warning system to help protect China’s air force against Japanese attacks; and Richard English, who served in the African American 761st Tank Battalion and later became an advocate for Civil Rights. These unique wartime experiences, which were born in Louisiana, also helped lay the groundwork for sweeping economic changes in the postwar world.”
Many citizens of Louisiana contributed to victory in World War II on the battlefield, with nearly 280,000 individuals from the state serving in the armed forces during the war. The Pelican State Goes to War will share the courageous stories of Louisiana’s six Medal of Honor recipients, which represent sacrifice and devotion. The exhibit will also explore tales of the Louisiana Home Front, from the great mobilization efforts of Higgins Industries, to first grader Billy Michal’s scrap collection for school.
Past exhibits are available to community organizations such as schools, churches, and libraries upon availability. Contact the museum at 225-336-2422 for more information.