Lunchbox Lecture Series

Join us for the 2020 Lunchbox Lecture Series on select Thursdays throughout the year.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and following the recommendations and guidelines of health officials.

All lectures will be held in real-time through Facebook Live and YouTube. Follow our Facebook page and YouTube channel for notifications. Lectures will remain available on the Facebook page following the event.

Select lectures may have availability of 20 or less persons to comply with social distancing guidelines inside of the Education Q-Hut at the National D-Day Memorial. Masks and registration are required. A link for registration can be found under the information for lectures that have an in-person option.

Upcoming Lectures

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Noon

“The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a WWII GI from the Home Front to the Hurtgen Forest”

Chris Hartley, WWII Historian and Author

Online Only Through Facebook Live and YouTube

The Lost Soldier offers a perspective on World War II we don’t always get from histories and memoirs. Based on the letters home of Pete Lynn, the diary of his wife, Ruth, and meticulous research in primary and secondary sources, this book recounts the war of a married couple who represent so many married couples, so many soldiers, in World War II. The book tells the story of this couple, starting with their life in North Carolina and recounting how the war increasingly insinuated itself into the fabric of their lives, until Pete Lynn was drafted, after which the war became the essential fact of their life. Author Chris J. Hartley intricately weaves together all threads—soldier and wife, home front and army life, combat, love and loss, individual and army division—into an intimate, engaging narrative that is at once gripping military history and engaging social history.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Noon

“Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day and Victory in World War II”

Norman Fine, WWII Historian and Author

Online Only Through Facebook Live and YouTube

Author Norman Fine will share a little-known story about a new invention made on the eve of WWII. Despite apathy and resistance from entrenched military establishments, the invention transformed radar as all the combatants knew it from a defensive tool into an offensive weapon of war. Only the Allies had it, and the enemy was mystified by their losses. Fine’s book, Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day and Victory in World War II, won the silver medal for World History in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Noon

“Hail to the Chiefs: The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told”

Rick Beyer, New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and a longtime history enthusiast

Online Only Through Facebook Live and YouTube

Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told, offers a treasure trove of quirky presidential history that will truly astonish, bewilder and stupefy. From Washington’s improvised inauguration to Lincolns duel to Jimmy Carter’s UFO sighting. Presidential history you won’t find anywhere else.

Rick Beyer is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and a longtime history enthusiast. He made the PBS documentary The Ghost Army and penned the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books.  He is currently host of the weekly Facebook/YouTube live-cast History Happy Hour. 

Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Noon

“Winning the Peace: MacArthur and the Occupation of Japan”

Amanda Williams, Education Manager, MacArthur Memorial

Online Only Through Facebook Live and YouTube

Given the bitter fighting that took place in the Pacific during World War II, the occupation of Japan was a daunting prospect.  As student of history and a veteran of the post-World War I Occupation of Germany, General Douglas MacArthur understood that great military victories often unraveled in occupations.  Determined to win the post-war battle for peace, he approached the occupation with a unique blend of statesmanship, pragmatism, theatre, and a belief in the fundamental dignity and potential of the Japanese people.