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WLC@NYC New-York Historical Society 
Images courtesy of the New-York Historical Society

The Women’s Leadership Council of LMU cordially invites you to the next event of

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
6:45 p.m. Private tour of "WWII & NYC" exhibition

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York City, NY

There will be time after the tour to shop at the Museum Store (the museum closes at 8 p.m.). Check out all the wonderful New-York Historical Society and New York City-related items. Our group will receive 10 percent off that evening.

For those who still have their party shoes on, and if the weather permits, perhaps a no-host sojourn to Shake Shack nearby?

About the Exhibition
When World War II broke out, New York was a cosmopolitan, heavily immigrant city, whose people had real stakes in the war and strongly held opinions. "WWII & NYC" will explore the impact of the war on the metropolis, which played a critical role in the national war effort, and how the city was forever changed. 

The presence of troops, the inflow of refugees, the wartime industries, the dispatch of fleets, and the dissemination of news and propaganda from media outlets changed New York, giving its customary commercial and creative bustle a military flavor. Likewise, the landscape of the city acquired a martial air, as defenses in the harbor were bolstered, old forts were updated, and the docks became high security zones. This grand consideration of the wartime metropolis will feature compelling stories of those who experienced the war in a New York City context. 

The exhibition will range from the mobilization of workers to the frenzy of shipbuilding, from the home front arts and entertainment industry to the dispatch of troops to the European theater, from the struggles over civil rights and segregation to the Times Square celebration of V-J Day. These were the times that saw raucous men in uniform celebrating their last stateside moments, tearful families embracing their sons, women with lunch pails heading off to work, celebrity-studded bond rallies and calls for justice at home and abroad from African-American patriots. The exhibition will draw upon extensive collections at New-York Historical Society and on important loans from the U.S. Navy, the Smithsonian Institution, the Mariners’ Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other institutions.

RSVP below by Friday, Oct. 5.

Questions? Contact Michelle Bernardin at michelle.bernardin@lmu.edu or 310.568.6161.

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