This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, a conflict that changed millions of lives and the course of American history. The Harrison County Historical Museum in Marshall has an exhibit, “Service & Sacrifice — Harrison County At War,” that honors the service of veterans across all wars.
It includes interactive exhibits such as listening stations, touch screens. and even a movie theater. Click on the image below to take a virtual tour of the exhibit and make plans to go see in it person.
The exhibit is located in the Memorial City Hall Performance Center. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Other hours are offered by appointment.
The exhibit includes conflict information from both the War Front and Home Front perspectives. All exhibits in the museum were obtained from residents of Harrison County. Displays reflect how the men and women of the community are part of a global story. Throughout history and around the world, Harrison County soldiers fought wars and kept peace. Some brought home stories of a larger world. Others never returned.
An example of some of the memorabilia found at the museum is a photograph of a captured Japanese submarine sitting in downtown Marshall in 1943 with a crowd of community members surrounding it. Comments for the photo say that it failed in the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and was captured when it became grounded on a reef. It traveled to Harrison County as a part of a war bond selling tour across the nation. Marshall was the submarine’s 176th stop along the route.
Adults who purchased $1 in bonds, and children who purchased 25 cents, got to peer inside the 81 foot long submarine. Viewing ports were cut into the hull. It was met at the edge of town and was given a police escort to downtown. Sirens across town blasted three times to announce its arrival. The submarine is now at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Learn more about the exhibit at www.harrisoncountymuseum.org.