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Volume 2, Issue 7, May 6, 2017
I'm excited to announce that I was contacted by a major music festival in Austria, the Schubertiade, to be included as part of their press list. I will be writing about the historic buildings and events relating to the festival and the location. While this newsletter will continue to be about historic sites in the U.S., the recent articles section will periodically include posts about Austria.

This issue features two ships that are part of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. One is a memorial to a ship and her crew lost during the attack; the other marks the official end of World War II.
Cynthia Collins
Cynthia Collins 

USS Arizona Memorial
USS Arizona MemorialThe .USS Arizona Memorial is on the water above where the battleship sank and 1,177 crew members were killed during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. In addition to her crew, other members of the armed forces and civilians were killed in the attack, marking the beginning of World War II for the United States.

Plans for a permanent memorial began in 1949 with fundraising continuing through 1961 in the form of federal and state funds, private donations, and a benefit concert by Elvis Presley. The memorial was designed by Alfred Preis, a Honolulu architect, showing a structure with the ends taller than the middle to represent America’s strength and victory before and after the attack. The memorial opened in 1962 and is accessible only by boat. Daily attendance averages to be 4,000 visitors from all over the world.
The USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri Memorial are part of Battleship Row at Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. Initially, there was concern that the size of the Missouri would overpower the Arizona, but the two memorials are a respectable distance apart with Missouri’s bow facing the Arizona. This setting indicates that the Missouri is guarding the Arizona and those who are buried with her, and that Pearl Harbor’s story in WWII has come full circle from the Dec. 7th attack to the war’s official end in the Pacific.

Battleship Missouri Memorial
The USS Missouri (BB-63), nicknamed the "Mighty Mo," is an Iowa-class battleship that was active in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Operation Desert Storm. Construction began in 1941 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and was completed in 1944. That same year, following her commission, she was sent to the Pacific where she remained for the duration of WWII. She fought in sea battles and provided support for land invasions but is most famous as the ship where the Empire of Japan formally surrendered, officially marking the end of the war.
Battleship MissouriAfterwards, she participated in Navy Day celebrations in New York, midshipman training exercises in various locations, and a “Crossing the Line” initiation for President Harry S. Truman while he and his family were aboard from Rio de Janeiro to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. When the Korean War broke out, she was deployed twice along the Korean coast to aide UN forces.
Her career seemed to be over when she was decommissioned in 1955. After 30 years of remaining at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, she then underwent modernization, was re-commissioned, and sent to the Persian Gulf. She later participated in the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and was decommissioned the following year, in 1992, for the final time.

Since 1999, the Missouri has been open to the public as a museum ship at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Her education programs offer a variety of subjects including history, navigation, and math taught from a maritime perspective. Overnight programs allow youth groups to experience life aboard ship. Visitors can take guided or audio tours, or explore the ship on their own.

Recent Articles...

South Street Seaport Museum Celebrates Its First 50 Years

Schermerhorn Row, South Street Seaport MuseumThe South Street Seaport Museum, near the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan, will be celebrating its first 50 years on Saturday, April 29, 2017, as New York City’s iconic maritime museum of the 19th and early 20th centuries. ... The museum, founded by Peter and Norma Stanford, serves as a reminder to visitors of the important role shipping played in shaping America. ...Continue reading-->

Schubertiade: History of Austria's Music Festival Honoring Franz Schubert

Hohenems (Austria)The city of Hohenems, in Austria, kicks off its annual music festival, known as the Schubertiade, for 2017 on May 4. This event began more than 40 years ago to honor the music of composer Franz Schubert. Set in the beautiful Rhine valley in Austria’s westernmost state of Vorarlberg, the combination of Alpine scenery and commitment to music....Continue reading-->

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Photo credits: USS Arizona Memorial: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 3rd Class Diana Quinlan. Battleship Missouri: courtesy of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. Schermerhorn Row: courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum. Hohenems, Vorarlberg, Austria: courtesy of Schubertiade.

All articles in this newsletter are by Cynthia Collins. The featured historic site section contains general information. The other articles may not be reprinted without written permission. Subscriber lists are not sold or given to any third parties and historic sites are not charged for being featured. To suggest historic sites for future issues, request article reprint permission, or any comments/questions regarding this newsletter, please contact Cynthia Collins.
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