by: SUBMITTED - Local author Kristina McMorris will speak at the Pearl Harbor event; she is pictured above in a B24 bomber from the early 1940s.The events of Dec. 7, 1941, when the Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. Pacific Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, changed the world order of the 20th century. 

On Friday, Dec.7, at 7 p.m. the Clackamas County Historical Society will again commemorate what FDR called “the date that will live in infamy.”

The Museum of the Oregon Territory will be open all evening, with hands-on exhibits and displays appealing to all ages. Educational and entertaining elements include a private collector’s memorabilia, war equipment and weaponry, a soldier camp reenactment, a 1943 jeep, and NORDPAC’s World War II-era radio-controlled model tanks, which will “do battle” starting at 5 p.m. 

This year’s Pearl Harbor evening presents a unique historic perspective on this trying but unifying time, which spurred into action “the greatest generation,” at home and abroad.

Award-winning Oregon novelist Kristina McMorris (“Bridge of Scarlet Leaves”) will speak at 7:15 p.m. on the special sacrifices and contributions of West Coast Americans of Japanese descent.  She will be joined by internment camp survivor Henry Sakamoto.  

Critics have called McMorris’ latest book “a touching story of love and survival during the bitter years of World War II, where the battles fought weren’t always on enemy soil.” It is No. 16 on the New York Times’ bestselling list, and climbing.

Pearl Harbor Day sent the United States on a path of purpose to defeat the Axis countries in World War II. The free event invites visitors to step back in time, hear the songs of the ‘40s, and see the relics that soldiers and their loved ones carried — from children’s medic kits and  “sweethearts” compacts, cigarette cases and cologne bottles to authentic, knobby green grenades.  

The Museum of the Oregon Territory overlooks the Willamette Falls, at 211 Tumwater Drive, off Highway 99E in Oregon City. Call 503-655-5574 for more information, or visit

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