Matt Roberts, Director of Communications
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Secretary of State Michele Reagan formally reopened the Capitol Museum’s most popular exhibit and unique tribute to the USS Arizona the state’s namesake battleship.
The ribbon cutting took place in during the annual Pearl Harbor Day commemorations at the state capitol in Phoenix.
The Museum’s newly-refurbished exhibit features artifacts from the ship and artwork commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition to the iconic silver service that has been in the museum’s custody since 1991, the permanent display includes a USS Arizona model, dummy projectile shells from the Arizona and Missouri, a relic piece of the superstructure and an American flag salvaged from the sunken ship. A case of rotating artifacts currently hold a bugle donated by one of the survivors, a salvaged ashtray from the ship’s wardroom, and the “Last Man Champagne Set” given by President Ford to the Arizona survivors to toast their fallen shipmates.
“I was excited to take an opportunity to update such an important part of our museum in light of the fact the exhibit had not been updated in such a long time,” said Secretary Reagan. We had exhibit locations repainted, repositioned artifacts, updated information and created an environment for the USS Arizona Silver Service to shine.
“In addition to the update of Arizona exhibit, I hope people come enjoy other displays like the 50th Anniversary of the Phoenix Suns and a special celebration of St. Mary’s Food Bank’s 50 years of service. Plus, they can participate in our canned food drive while they’re here! In short, if people haven’t been to the Capitol Museum in a while, they should take an opportunity to visit the renewed space!”