“When I came back from church today, I heard the dreamlike news that Japanese airplanes had bombed Hawaiʻi. I was shocked beyond belief.” On December 7, 1941, Toku Shimomura of Seattle recorded her experience learning of the Pearl Harbor attack in her diary. “I sat in front of the radio and listened to the news all day. They said that at 6 a.m. Japan declared war on the United States. Our future has become gloomy. I pray that God will stay with us,” she wrote. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States entered a war in Europe and the Pacific, the nation was overcome by shock, anger, and fear—a fear exaggerated by long-standing anti-Asian prejudice. Ten weeks later President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, under which nearly 75,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were taken into custody. Another 45,000 Japanese nationals living in the United States (many of whom had been long denied citizenship because of their race) were also incarcerated. To learn more click the link in our bio: https://s.si.edu/RightingAWrong #WWII#WW2#PearlHarbor#AmerianHistory#AsianPacificHeritage#AsianPacificAmericans#SeattleHistory#MilitaryHistory#OTD#TDIH#1940s#EO9066#ExecutiveOrder9066#JapaneseAmericanHeritage#WorldWarII#WorldWar2
On December 7, 1941, a day which will live in infamy, nearly 200 Japanese planes attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor. After the attack, many Americans rallied around the war effort with the patriotic cry, "Remember Pearl Harbor." Thousands of buttons or lapel pins were distributed to remind Americans of the tragic event and to solidify the war efforts. #PearlHarbor#WW2#WWII#MilitaryHistory#1940s#TDIH#OTD#Jewelry#AmericanHistory
New gallery coming in 2021! Our friends @slc_latino will open the Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first-ever physical space at the @Smithsonian dedicated to highlighting the U.S. Latino experience. What will you find in the gallery when these renderings become reality? A new way to experience Latino content at the Smithsonian through physical objects, hands-on activities, and multimedia immersive experiences. Thanks to the generous support of the Molina Family and the first founding corporate donor, Target, The Molina Family Latino Gallery will open its doors here in 2021 and we couldn’t be more excited. Until then, you can continue to engage with the Smithsonian Latino Center through its many programs and activities. Start by following them on Instagram! #LatinoHistory#LatinxHistory#HispanicHeritage#AmericanHistory
As this belt buckle hints, the U.S. West figured prominently in the 1980 presidential campaign. Although neither were born there, both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush became politicians of the West—Reagan in California, Bush in Texas. Throughout his political career, Bush celebrated what he learned in Texas about himself and about his country. In his acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, he recalled the excitement of being part of the postwar boom in America: “The war was over, and we wanted to get out and make it on our own. Those were exciting days. We lived in a little shotgun house, one room for the three of us. Worked in the oil business and then started my own. . . . People don't see their own experience as symbolic of an era but, of course, we were. And so was everyone else who was taking a chance and pushing into unknown territory with kids and a dog and a car.” Today, we join the nation in reflecting on the life and legacy of President George H. W. Bush.
Hanukkah Sameach! Manfred Anson designed this patriotic menorah in 1986. Anson escaped Nazi Germany as a teenager and later reunited with family who had immigrated to the United States. To read the story of Anson’s journey and learn more about this incredible menorah, visit the link in our bio: http://bit.ly/libertymenorah #hanukkah#chanukah#menorah#ImmigrationHistory#AmericanHistory
During World War I, tens of thousands of American women volunteered to help those affected by war with private social service and religious organizations. Lucy Kennedy wore this uniform while volunteering with the American Fund for French Wounded. Organized in 1915 by American women living in France, the fund provided supplies to French military hospitals. Stateside volunteers raised funds and procured supplies to be sent abroad. Volunteers in France, including a team of women drivers, distributed them to hospitals. To learn more about the experience of these volunteers, click the link in our bio. (https://s.si.edu/LucyShaffer) #AmericanHistory#MilitaryHistory#WomensHistory#AmericanGiving#GivingTuesday#WW1#WWI#FWW#StoriesOfService#philanthropy#Giving