Million Dollar War Bond Breakfast
On 25 September 1942, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans hosted the Million Dollar War Bond Breakfast. Seats to the breakfast were obtained only by promising to purchase $1000 in war bonds. Such breakfasts were held nation-wide and the New Orleans breakfast doubled the orgaziners’ goal and set the national record with over $2,800,000 in bond subscriptions.
The Roosevelt Hotel (named for Teddy Roosevelt) was the site of many events, dinners, fundraisers and dances during the war. After a name change and closure, the hotel reopened as the Roosevelt in 2009, where many of these wartime venues can be seen in their restored glory.
Post by Curator Kimberly Guise.