In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pear Harbor, the Frazier Museum presents “A Morning That Changed the World: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor.” The iexhibition delves into this fateful event with stories told by people who experienced this moment in history.
The exhibit features the Rex Knight Collection of letters, photographs and mementos from both servicemen and civilians. As visitors step into the exhibit, they will be transported to Dec. 6, 1941 — the evening before the attack. With the sounds of glasses clinking and music playing, the innocent and joyous atmosphere of a party in the Officer’s Club on the island sets the stage for what life was like before the profound and unforeseen events that are about to take place. On that clear and beautiful evening, Lt. General Walter Short looked out onto the lights of all of the ships in Pearl Harbor and noted, “What a target that would make!”
Visitors will walk through the hallway of a battleship as they arrive to that fateful morning and find themselves standing under a Japanese fighter plane. With objects, mementos, letters, visuals and sound, the attack and the immediate aftermath come to life through the stories of the servicemen and civilians that experienced Pearl Harbor.
Heavily censored letters and political propaganda lead visitors through the aftermath of the attack and through the gates of a Japanese internment camp, to a generation forever changed.