A day that will live in infamy: The attack on Pearl Harbor
The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park announces two programs in December viewable online via Zoom. These events are free but require advance registration at FDMuseum.org.
- Thursday, December 2 ● 7 pm CST
Robert F. Jefferson will discuss his book, “Brothers in Valor: The Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor.” From the horrors of the Civil War to the harrowing days of the Vietnam War, African Americans engaged in acts of heroism on the battlefield in ways that ultimately transformed the nation. Jefferson is an associate professor of history at the University of New Mexico and holds a PhD in American history from the University of Michigan. His research interests include the African American military experience, the civil rights movement, black Western history, and disability studies.
- Thursday, December 9 ● 7 pm CST
Tricia Menke, curator of education at the National Museum of the American Sailor at Naval Station Great Lakes, will discuss one of America’s darkest days: December 7, 1941. The shocking attack at Pearl Harbor was the catalyst for the emergence of a new and determined naval fleet. Menke will examine events leading up to the Japanese invasion, how sailors and nurses responded, and the aftermath and legacy of what is considered the Navy’s greatest defeat. The speaker holds a BA degree in history from Gettysburg College and received her master’s in history with a museum studies concentration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The First Division Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free with paid parking. Visit FDMuseum.org for additional details.