Daily Archives: December 7, 2008

The USS Arizona and “a day that will live in infamy”

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is “ground zero” where World War II began for the United States.  The event where Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto stated: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant…”   The USS Arizona serves as the final resting place for many of the battleship’s 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.

Visit the historic Arizona State Capitol for the exhibit, “Flagship of the Fleet: Life and Death of the USS Arizona.”   For most of us, the most common image of the Arizona is of the ship in flames at Pearl Harbor.  This exhibit tells the rest of the story, its focus is personal.  Using rare artifacts and photographs, it tells the story of the men.  The exhibit brings the history of the ship up to date with film footage documenting the research that has been conducted on the ship since the 1980s.

Mesa teen creates metro Phoenix landmarks for Google Earth

Luhrs Center

The picture above of the Luhrs Block in downtown Phoenix is not a photograph, but a computer-generated model designed by Patrick Griffin, a 15-year-old living in Mesa, AZ.  Patrick has created a whole slew of models of other major metro Phoenix buildings for use by Google Earth fans.  To view more of Patrick’s work, click here.

Next Carnegie Library noontime history lecture, Dec. 11

As part of the commemoration of the Carnegie Library’s 100 years in Phoenix, the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records has put together a monthly lunchtime speaker series on topics relating to the library and to the history of Phoenix and Arizona.  All presentations will last from Noon to 1 p.m., are free and are open to the public.  Here is the remaining event of 2008:

  • Thursday, December 11: Dr. Paul Hietter, “To Encourage the Preservation and Sanctity of Marriage: Victorian Attitudes in Arizona Territory.”  This presentation describes the prosecution of Frank Kibbey, who murdered W. Wood Porter for having an affair with his wife.  The ensuing behavior of Arizona residents showed their acceptance of late Victorian-era attitudes, despite geographic isolation from the East.

The Carnegie Center is located at 1101 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007.  Parking is free or if your downtown you can take the DASH.  For more information contact Sarah Weber at 602-926-3368 or by e-mail.