Iron Mountain continues its partnership with The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana with its support of their newest permanent exhibit, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front. Iron Mountain is pleased to support the publication of fifty-nine oral histories in The Arsenal of Democracy, forty-three at war stations and sixteen online.
The Arsenal of Democracy exhibit focuses on why World War II began after years of international strife and uncertainty, and how it evolved into a truly “total” war which affected every man, woman and child across America. The galleries highlight both the positive and negative results of a nation suddenly awakened by war. Through sensory exhibits, immersive environments, and compelling first-person accounts, The Arsenal of Democracy conveys how the American spirit led to victory through sacrifice, determination and innovation.
“The National WWII Museum’s digitization efforts help preserve a significant piece of our nation’s cultural heritage,” said Trish Eubanks, the Museum’s Associate Vice President for Corporate Alliances. “Iron Mountain’s support allows the Museum to properly maintain the personal stories of WWII veterans so their heroic, first-person accounts won’t be lost with their passing. Our partnership provides future generations with access to stories of sacrifice and bravery from the very men and women who secured global freedom, and we’re thrilled that Iron Mountain will help us better share these oral histories with people around the world.”
Iron Mountain made the grant through its Living Legacy Initiative¸ which partners with nonprofit organizations and museums to help them preserve and make accessible cultural and historical information and artifacts. Previously, Iron Mountain supported the publication of oral histories attributed to the Road to Tokyo permanent exhibit which opened in December 2015 at the Museum and shares artifacts and accounts from the Pacific theatre.
“The National WWII Museum has been a rewarding Living Legacy partnership,” Arnaldo Padilla, District Manager of Field Operations in New Orleans, LA. “The partnership, like others, touches the hearts and minds of many of our Iron Mountain employees, customers and the general community. Whether you are in Louisiana, California, Florida, Maine, or Washington, everyone recognizes the historical impact of WWII and the veterans and non-military personnel that served our country. As a Mountaineer, I am proud of the commitment Iron Mountain has made to support such a purposeful museum and our opportunity to continue to preserve the oral documentaries of our WWII veterans for future generations.”
The Arsenal of Democracy oral histories range from Don Stratton—an Aimer from USS Arizona where he talks about the attack on USS Arizona which resulted in 177 deaths of his colleagues, to Dr. Hans Courant—a member of the Civilian Electronics group, who built electrical circuits to detonate the Alamogordo bomb during the Trinity Test.
The National WWII Museum aims to preserve the personal stories associated with the war while educating the nation through multimedia experiences, immersive exhibits, artifacts, and oral histories. Their mission is to tell the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learned.