Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary
A free online learning series designed specifically for adults interested in the history of Pearl Harbor.

Online Learning Series

Join the Museum for a free four-part Online Learning Series designed specifically for adults, exploring Japan's rise to power, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and key events of the early days of the Pacific war. With four live sessions accessible right from your computer, including the Museum's 75th Anniversary Commemoration, participants will see a variety of compelling sources and hear from a panel of experts to learn more about why and how the attack happened, and the challenges the United States faced after December 7, 1941.

Participation is free but requires preregistration. Follow the links below to register for each part of this series individually. All registrants will receive a recording of the programs even if they are unable to watch live with us.

Pearl Harbor Online Learning

Part One: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Reinterpretation

With author Jonathan Parshall

Smoke rises from the attack on Pearl Harbor

Friday, October 7, 2016

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Join Jonathan Parshall, co-author of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway and writer for the Naval College War Review, for a discussion on the Japanese preparations for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Japan was equipped with arguably the most powerful navy in the world, including a sophisticated carrier strike force and top-notch aviators. Parshall will review not only the creation of a cohesive tactical unit, but also the preparations and furious training for the infamous strike.

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Part Two: Countdown to Infamy

With Captain Rick Jacobs

Monday, November 7, 2016

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Political, diplomatic, and military entanglements followed the 19th century American opening of Japan as both countries expanded into the Far East. When Japan occupied French Indochina after the outbreak of World War II in Europe, FDR responded by dramatically sending the Pacific Fleet to Hawaii and embargoing trade with Japan. Rather than halt their agenda of conquest, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Join Captain Rick Jacobs for the tale of that day of infamy.

War is declared in response to the attack

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Part Three: Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration

The American flag

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

View The National WWII Museum’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Featured speakers include Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, best-selling author Ian Toll, and the Museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian Robert Citino.

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Part Four: December 1941: Tracing the Invasion of Guam, Wake Island, and the Philippines

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 7, 1941, is a day etched into the consciousness of many Americans, but it was not the only location vulnerable to swift Japanese expansion and invasion in the last month of 1941. Join Museum collections staff for an exploration of the battles of Guam, Wake Island, and the Philippines, all surrendered to the Japanese early in the war in the Pacific. Using artifacts, oral histories, and interactive maps from the Museum’s special exhibit Infamy: December 1941, and drawing from firsthand and expert perspective, trace how the United States was under-equipped and outmanned against effective Japanese forces at the outset of World War II.

Wake Island map

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