Living History Day 2018

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9 am – 4:30 pm

In affiliation with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will bring America’s history during World War II to life at its annual Living History Day.

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission to Living History Day for two people. Tickets will be available on August 15, 2018.

Event will feature student-created exhibits, WWII themed games and activities, re-enactors, and much more. In our Museum Theater, we will hold two screenings of the award-winning film “Go For Broke: An Origin Story”, followed by Q&A panels with the cast and crew. Also in the theater, we will host a Hangar Talk with portrait photographer Shane Sato, who will discuss his coffee table book, The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage.

All-Day Activities:

  • Open Cockpits
  • LIFE Magazine Reading Corner
  • Caring for Vintage Photograms
  • Rationing Activity
  • Poster Timeline
  • Hula Display and Lessons
  • Student Exhibits
  • A Day in the Life – Games of the 1940s
  • Living Historians
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Swing Dancing
  • Diver Display
  • Riveting

Schedule of Activities:

Hangar 37

9:30 am – Meet and Greet with Veterans of the 442nd

Hangar 37 Theater

10:00 am – Hangar Talk with Shane Sato, Portrait Photographer
For nearly two decades, Shane Sato has been photographing Japanese American WWII Nisei veterans. In 2017, he worked with oral historian Robert Horsting to publish a coffee table book, The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage. Shane will discuss his own journey of how he came to photograph these men and will also talk about the legacy of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team.

11:00 am – Book Signing with Shane Sato, Portrait Photographer

11:00 am – First Screening of Go For Broke: An Origin Story | Panel Discussion and Q&A with Cast & Crew to follow
Fighting not only the Germans but rampant racism at home in the US and in the military, the brave Japanese Americans in the 100/442nd went on to become the most decorated unit in the US history for their size and time in battle. The film explores the complex emotional framework that allowed these young men to serve their country while their families were incarcerated or living under martial law, all in a bid to prove their loyalty and “Americanness” to those who doubted it.

2:00 pm – Second Screening of Go For Broke: An Origin Story | Panel Discussion and Q&A with Cast & Crew to follow

This is an annual national celebration of culture and learning between the two museums. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a Smithsonian Affiliate and ranked one of the nation’s top 10 aviation attractions in the nation by TripAdvisor®.