Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host local and documentary videos honoring Pearl Harbor Day

Local and documentary video ... The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will host a video presentation in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the new museum’s Presentation Room. Videos filmed locally in the summers of 1940-1941 prior to World War II, along with a documentary of the Japanese air raid of December 7, 1941 on Pearl Harbor, will be shown. Submitted photos.

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will observe Pearl Harbor Day Tuesday, December 7 by offering a program to the public in the Program Room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building in Waukon.

Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. a video documentary will be presented about the Japanese air raid on the U.S. Naval and Air Bases at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Islands, which marked the entry of the United States into the Second World War.

The Pearl Harbor documentary will be preceded by a video that museum staff are calling “The last summer of peace in Waukon before the War.” It includes movie footage filmed in downtown Waukon in the summers of 1940-1941 by the Cote family for entertainment viewing in their newly opened Town Theatre on Main Street in Waukon.

Staff encourages those attending to try to spot and identify relatives and family friends depicted in the film, and enjoy a nostalgic look back at the “good old days.” Period vehicles, dress, and businesses are featured in the film, with candid closeups of people about town.

The program room currently seats about 45 people. Due to COVID-19 concerns, masks are encouraged but not required. There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be available.

The museum remodeling was finished in late summer.  Preparation and installation of exhibits is underway and should be completed by Memorial Day 2022. Tours will not be offered until the exhibits have been completed.  However, educational programs will continue to be offered periodically.