American World War II Heritage City Program

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World War II permeated every aspect of American life and resulted in a large migration of people within the United States. Individuals and families relocated to industrial centers for good paying war jobs and out of a sense of patriotic duty. Many industrial centers became “boom towns," growing at phenomenal rates. Workers from around the nation had to intermingle with each other and overcome differences in order to meet war demands, forever changing the cultural landscape of the United States.

In order to recognize the historic importance of the United States’ involvement in World War II, the Secretary of the Interior may designate up to one city (jurisdiction) from each state and territory as an American World War II Heritage City.

“Chippers”, or women war workers of Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, California, 1942.
Nominate Your City Or Jurisdiction

See who can apply and how to submit a nomination to become a WWII American Heritage City

Ship launching from dry dock as workers look on
Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about nominating your jurisdiction

World War II Heritage Cities
World War II Heritage Cities

See the designated World War II Heritage Cities

WWII Heritage City Stories
Heritage City Stories

Learn more about the unique stories of our Heritage Cities

Last updated: September 14, 2023


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