September 15, 2006 Craig Causer
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans escaped the most significant lashing that Hurricane Katrina had to offer. While damage caused by the storm was minor, the subsequent looting of its gift and coffee shops shuttered the museum for three months. As a nonprofit that depends on tourism to boost admission receipts, the hurricane cast a dark cloud over the future of the museum’s ability to survive. The museum, also known as the D-Day Museum, counts approximately 85 percent of its members as living outside of the Gulf states area. As a national institution, it was able to reach out to those people in the storm’s aftermath. It did not begin mailing appeals into the hurricane-affected areas until recently, when the United States Postal Service put in place a plan to allow nonprofits to mail at standard rates to the affected areas.