Downtown Anchorage exhibit displays rare Pearl Harbor artifacts
The nine-month reign of the "Remember Pearl Harbor" exhibit at the Alaska Veterans Museum is coming to a close.
"This exhibit opened here in Anchorage last December the 7th, which I thought was very appropriate," J.W. Terrill with the Alaska Veterans Museum said.
Terrill says it was fitting because the day was cold and dark, the same way it was when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
The display features many original, one-of-a-kind artifacts that were made in the U.S. during World War II.
"It's amazing the number of items that were made during World War II that say 'Remember Pearl Harbor," Terrill said.
On display are a number of items including carnival dolls, pearl jewelry, newspaper clippings and even U.S. money printed exclusively for Hawaii which was then a U.S. territory.
"Our government was so afraid the Japanese would invade the Hawaiian Islands and take them over, they changed out their currency," Terrill said. "All money in Hawaii was stamped with Hawaii on both sides. If that had happened, if Japanese had taken over the island, our government was going to declare this currency worthless. That would deny Japan the use of the currency."
While the display will only be visible for a little over a month, Terrill says the exhibit and the museum as a whole serve another purpose.
"We don't think the people who sacrificed their life at Pearl Harbor should be forgotten," Terrill said. "Also the other soldiers during World War II. We try not only to remember those killed at Pearl Harbor during the sneak attack but we try to remember all veterans' sacrifices from all the wars."
The Alaska Veterans Museum is located at 333 W. 4th Avenue, suite 227 in Downtown Anchorage. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Admission is $3.00 per person but will be free from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30.
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