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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

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Each year, we acknowledge the work done and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. On this date, our country remembers and reflects 75 years later on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. The National Archives and Records Administration is proud to serve veterans and their families, especially through our work at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. In addition to veterans’ records, our holdings include historical materials, such as photos, video footage, and military records, which chronicle the military’s history and battles.

Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives

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Attack on Pearl Harbor

Aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941: left to right, USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and USS ArizonaView in Online Catalog

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Myth Masquerading as History

An FDR scholar checks the historical record and refutes assertions that the President misled the public about the coming of war.

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Day of Infamy Speech

President Roosevelt delivers the "Day of Infamy" speech to a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941. When Roosevelt delivered the speech, most of his on-the-spot changes involved word order. 

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Exhibits

Presidential Libraries

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, TX 

New exhibit: “Pearl Harbor Remembered." Presidential Rotunda - Through January 1, 2017. 

The attack on Pearl Harbor was the turning point of the 20th century. Life worldwide would never be the same. No nation could remain isolated from the actions of others. For Americans, it was galvanizing. People had a “unity of purpose”. Boys became men, and men became heroes. Men who would become future Presidents all felt the call to take action. Many were already in military service and in the Reserves. Those who could, enlisted. Those who were in government found effective ways to engage in the war effort. The paths they chose would influence the course of their lives for years to come. 

This exhibit consists of digital images, documents, an interactive station and a video which shows President Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech. The exhibit is located in the Presidential Rotunda and will be on display from now through December 31, 2016.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY  

New exhibit:  “Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History.” William J. Vanden Heuvel Gallery - Through December 31, 2016.

Featured Documents on Display in Washington, DC

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

Featured Document Display: 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor: “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy.” East Rotunda Gallery - Through January 4, 2017.

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war in response to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On display is the U.S. Senate’s copy of FDR’s famous “Infamy” speech. 

 

Nationwide Events

Captain McCrea’s War:  The World War II Memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Naval Aide and USS Iowa’s First Commanding Officer.Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY

Author Talk and Signing: Julia C. Tobey

Book Talk: Captain McCrea’s War: The World War II Memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Naval Aide and USS Iowa’s First Commanding Officer. Henry A. Wallace Center - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 3 p.m.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY

Author Talk and Signing: Matthew Dallek

Book Talk: Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security. Henry A. Wallace Center - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 7 p.m.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, TX 

Special Event: 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Pearl Harbor. Bush Library Plaza / Annenberg Conference Center - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10 a.m. - brunch / 11:30 a.m. - program

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs invite you to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Pearl Harbor at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the Bush Center on Texas A&M University Campus. The event will feature a panel discussion with Brit Hume, former ABC and FOX News Commentator; James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys; and Jon Meacham, author of Destiny and Power. In partnership with Lenore and Francis Humphrys International Speakers Program, the Bush School of Government and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Additional underwriting provided by American Momentum Bank.

Acceptances required by November 30, 2016. Please contact us at 979-862-2251 or Bushevents@Bush41.org with any questions. For more information, please see the official website. See more at  http://bush41.org/events-listing#sthash.Yl3Y12vQ.dpuf

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, TX

Special Event: “Accidental Hero” by Patrick Dewane. Rudder Theatre, November 18, 2016 - 7 p.m. Evening, Lectures & Discussions, Special Events:   As we look ahead to the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Patrick Dewane presents the dramatic retelling of the story of his grandfather, Matt Konop, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. His unpublished memoirs were found in a box in a basement along with a treasure trove of pictures, videos and other memorabilia. Unbeknownst to his family, Konop had spent some of his latter years writing his war stories for posterity. The tale is a journey through landing on Omaha Beach, facing off with Nazi soldiers in the Ardennes Forest and liberating the small Czech towns where his ancestors lived.

National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, MO

"Reflections of Doolittle Raider Dick Cole on WWII." Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6 p.m. OFFSITE – Before 9/11 there was 12/7, and on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kansas City proudly welcomes Doolittle Raider veteran Lt. Col. Dick Cole, USAF (Ret.) with Park University Professor of EnglishDennis R. Okerstrom, author of the acclaimed book Dick Cole’s War. Join National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO Matthew Naylor as he and our distinguished guests reflect upon the impact of Pearl Harbor and present meaning of WWII. This program is a partnership of Park University and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in collaboration with the National Archives at Kansas City, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, and the Truman Center at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. RSVP  here.

 

Washington, DC, Events

Book Talk: Countdown to Pearl Harbor: Twelve Days to the Attack. 

National Archives Building, William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC. Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - noon. Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Steve Twomey with book signing.  See the recording on YouTube.

Book Talk: Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

National Archives Building, William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - noon Author Craig Nelson with book signing.

Film program:  From the Vaults: How Americans First Learned of Pearl Harbor

National Archives Building, William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 2 pm. Author Craig Nelson (Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness)

 

 

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