Current and upcoming happenings at the Museum
Release of ANF 2020 Annual Symposium recordings
Beginning today, video recordings from last September’s symposium titled Home Alive in ’45: Pivotal Decisions to End the War, will be released on a monthly basis. January’s installment is James Hornfischer’s keynote Revelation and Reckoning: Total War in the Pacific 1944-1945 based on his recent book The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific 1944-1945 (available in NMPW bookstore).
As the title indicates, Hornfischer traces the history of the U.S. campaigns on the sea and in the air that ultimately resulted in Japan’s surrender. CLICK HERE to view the Symposium video.
Facebook Live: African Americans in WWII
We often say that our victory in WWII took the efforts of our entire nation and our February Facebook Live highlights one of the many diverse dimensions of the war effort. On February 12, NMPW’s Living History team will present a livestream presentation in honor of our celebration of Black History Month. The program will feature Henry Crawford, historian and a frequent volunteer for our Living History reenactment programs to discuss the African American experience in WWII – not just in the Pacific, but also in Europe.
Friday, February 12 at 11:00 am
Tune into our Facebook page
Day of Remembrance
Our third annual commemoration of the Day of Remembrance will be held on Friday, February 19 with a virtual program. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the authority to remove civilians from coastal areas in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII. It led to the internment of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forced to leave behind their jobs, homes, and everyday lives. They were sent to live in ten “camps” located in remote areas of the U.S. Some 20,000 Canadians were also interned in remote areas of Canada. It is important to note that no interned Japanese Americans were ever charged with crimes associated with WWII.
This year’s program includes a panel of speakers including Sam Mihara, an internment survivor of the Heart Mountain camp located in northwest Wyoming, the Counsel-General of Japanese Consulate in Houston, TX and a young, Japanese American film maker who produced a film about his grandparents’ experience of WWII. The panel will be moderated by NMPW Marketing Director Ruth Ann Hattori whose mother was also an internee in British Columbia during WWII.
Look for details to follow soon on our Events page: https://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/events/
Exciting new Living History program coming in March
Beginning March 6, our Living History team will launch its Outpost programs. These 20-25 minute programs will feature not only Museum staff but also volunteers who will present stories and artifacts of WWII along with Q&A. These short programs will be hosted in the Memorial Courtyard providing plenty of fresh air and space for social distancing. They will be held on Saturdays at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm.
The first series of themes are:
March 6th: Weapons of War
March 13th: Gear Up
March 20: TBD
March 27th: Navy Fighter Planes
April 3rd: Communications
April 17th: Uniforms
These programs are FREE and the public is welcome!