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NOLA Life Stories: How Was The National WWII Museum Created?

Inspired by the stories of World War II veterans, the late University of New Orleans historian Stephen Ambrosewanted to build a museum that would honor their experience.

To help make this dream a reality, Ambrose turned to his friend and colleague at UNO, Gordon “Nick” Mueller: the two men hashed out their plans over glasses of sherry.

Originally envisioned as a small museum on UNO’s campus, devoted exclusively to D-Day, it hasevolved into the Nation’s World War II Museum and one of the city’s top attractions.

Earlier in June, on the anniversary of D-Day, the National WWII Museum celebrated its 15thanniversary. Commemorative speeches were presented by Mueller, Senator David Vitter, and historian Keith Huxen. Click below to hear an excerpt from Mueller's speech.

Mueller comments on the importance of the veteran's oral histories in the creation of the museum.

This interview was conducted by Mark Cave for the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Thomas Walsh is an independent radio producer and audio engineer who lives in New Orleans. You'll see him around town recording music, podcasts, short films, live events and radio features. He's practically glued to his headphones. A movie geek to his core, he's seen every film listed on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies and would love to talk to you about them.