At Jackson Barracks...
Organized by time period and major conflict our latest permanent exhibits are the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and our World War II exhibit where we tell the story of the Louisiana Guard's contribution to the war alongside an early war Stuart Light Tank, a Norden Bombsight and actual walls from a WWII barracks..
Still up is a feature exhibit on the history of women in the military and specifically the "Women of the Louisiana National Guard".
Permanent exhibits include "Path to Statehood" covering the years 1718-1812 and the development of the Louisiana Militia; "Over There, Louisiana National Guard in World War I" featuring a 1917 Cadillac staff car and rare Renault Tank; "Boots in the Sand - the Louisiana National Guard's Role in the Liberation of Kuwait, 1990-91"; "Louisiana National Guard in the Cold War 1946-1989" where you can see the view of a Louisiana Air Guard pilot from the cockpit of an F-4 Jet; the National Guard's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the ongoing conflicts in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Developing exhibits include our Small Arms Collection Wall; the Mexican War where we proudly display one of our earliest pieces - an 1848 27-star national flag and the Civil War exhibit where we have uniforms, equipment and artillery pieces as well as a rare, late-war letter penned by General Robert E. Lee. Coming in 2022 is our Spanish American War exhibit where we will display the deck gun from the USS New Orleans and highlight the role of the Louisiana Naval Militia.
At Camp Beauregard...
Some of the oldest artifacts at the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum include an 1840s British Belt Plate, a Louisiana Colonel’s uniform, a cannon ball from the Civil War Red River Valley Campaign and the Battle Flag of the Madison Artillery. The Spanish-American War and Mexican Border War campaigns are represented by an officer’s saber, a campaign medal and the original sheet music of a march written for the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Louisiana Infantry or the 3-156 Infantry today. The World War I exhibit displays photographs of daily life at Camp Stafford – which later became Camp Beauregard - as well as artifacts from the 114th Engineer Battalion, 39th Division and photos of the 17th Division in training. The majority of our exhibits tell the story of the Louisiana Maneuvers – large-scale training operations carried out across Central Louisiana in the build-up for World War II. Items range from a railroad spike for the Claiborne-Polk Military Railroad to a shoeshine box carried by a local boy. Post cards and license plates exemplify the many camps and Army Airfields in the area at this time. Personal items such as V-Mail and sweetheart pillows are on display in our home front exhibit. Several Axis Forces artifacts are on display such as a German “Sturmgewehr,” a Japanese knee mortar and Japanese propaganda leaflets targeted toward American Soldiers. A burned battle flag flown from a Japanese warship in Hiroshima Harbor illustrates the tragedy and cost of war along with Concentration Camp money and charts used by the Nazis to label “Ubermenchen” and “Untermenchen” (Super human and sub Human races). The Korean War exhibit shows our first night fighting system the M3 Carbine with “Snooper Scope” attachment. We also have a PPSH-41 submachine that was carried by both the North Korean and Chinese Troops, an M40 Recoilless 106mm Rifle and a Chinese 82mm mortar. Don’t forget to visit our outdoor Vehicle Park where you will find Tanks, Anti-tank, Artillery, Engineer and wheeled vehicles!
Lewis Machine Gun
Location: Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum
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Location: Jackson Barracks Museum
New Orleans, LA
Hurricane Katrina generated the largest combined National Guard natural- disaster response this country has ever conducted. At Jackson Barracks the “Hurricane Katrina – Reflections of First Response” exhibit illustrates the Louisiana National Guard’s experience with this catastrophe on a personal level, through individual stories, collections of memories, photos, videos and objects.
“The exhibit reflects on the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina, the multi-state National Guard forces, other first responders and our community members,” said Capt. Heather Englehart, museum director. “‘Reflections of First Response’ hopes to illustrate this catastrophic hurricane on a personal level, through individual stories, collections of memories, photos, videos and objects.”
The museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no cost for admission, however all exhibit production is funded through the generosity of our supporters and visitors so donations are welcomed and encouraged. For additional information contact Capt. Heather Englehart at (504) 278-8664.