LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, the Frazier Museum is presenting A Morning That Changed the World: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor.
The exhibition includes stories told by people who experienced the moment in history, along with the Rex Knight Collection of letters, photographs, and mementos from both servicemen and civilians. The presentation is expected to leave visitors with a heightened feeling of a connection to the individuals that experienced those long two hours of chaos and horror.
"We find that when the visitor feels something, it is easier for them to learn about history, America and about humanity," Director of Marketing Andy Treinen said.
As visitors arrive, they will be transported to December 6, 1941, the evening before the attack. With sounds of glasses clinking and music playing, visitors will experience the innocent atmosphere when a party took place at the Officer's Club on the island before the profound and unforeseen events are about to take place.
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Visitors will then walk through the hallway of a battleship as they find themselves standing under a Japanese fighter plane. The stories will begin; they include visuals, sounds, mementos, letters and first-hand stories from servicemen and civilians that experienced the attack.
One story is told by Dorie Miller, a mess man in the racially-segregated United States Navy. Another story comes from a college football team playing a series of games in Hawaii, leading to the heroism of 23 young men from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. They were civilians before the attack and servicemen after.
Heavily censored letters and political propaganda will lead visitors through the aftermath of the attack and through the gates of a Japanese internment camp.
As visitors transition to present day, they will be greeted by a memorial wall that presents events of September 11,2001, the next foreign attack on American soil.
"Pearl Harbor is something many of us have just read about in history books, but when you go to Frazier's exhibit you will experience it, you will hear voices, you will hear sounds, you will feel things and see things that will take you back to that time," Treinen said.
On Veteran's Day, November 11, the Frazier Museum will host a commemoration and opening reception of Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor, as part of the city's Week of Valor.