The Remembrance of World War II display created by junior class history students — some have said it’s museum quality — will get an encore performance as part of Academic Achievement Night at the high school 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The multi-panel exhibit was compiled by 11th-grade College U.S. History, U.S. History, and State and Local History classes, through the perspective of the American homefront.
It was on display at Sea View Seniors Living Community in Harbor over the Memorial Day weekend, where several WWII veterans live.
It attracted a steady flow of viewers, some reminiscing about the times, a few wiping tears from their faces and younger folk perplexed at the thriftiness of the era.
“In Remembrance of WWII,” the opening placard reads. “Brookings-Harbor High would like to thank all those who sacrificed, those who fought, the fallen and their families.”
The project took 60 students four months to compile, with students each attacking a different story front under curator Holly Fallert with photo editing by Brig Schofield, and timelines by Kaylee Strain, Mayce McCollum and Maggie Steerman.
The military machine exhibit was compiled by Vitor Athayde, Vanessa Zamora, Andrew Enos and Michael Smith; nursing and allies by Lexi Pacino and Brooke Hodges; pop culture by Anyika Nelson, Jon Kleespies and Zoe Bernhardt; and food and rations by Elena Morosky. Wartime production was crafted by Zack Carlson and Jazz Manning, communications by Roman Worthey and Ethan Sayne, home front perspectives by Mickey Fulton, Allyson Cantrall, Jenna Featherstone and Abigail Marks; “Three Days, Two Bombs, One Surrender” by Nathaniel Barnard and Brig Schofield, Pearl Harbor by Austin Fronckowiak, Sandra Sullivan, Everett Van Maren, Elena Morosky, Mitchell Burshem and Kyla Nelson, and the Oregon involvement by the State and Local History Class.
The students also met with veterans at Sea View to hear their stories and thoughts of the times.
The display consists of photos of the war — most of which were purposely sought for not already being in history books, and many are on loan from the community — medals, letters to those on the front lines, enlarged photos of veterans who live in Brookings and news items of the times.
Those veterans included Lestor Manosar, Louella “Ellie” White, Paul Delong, Jay Mosby, Ruth Cavaliere, John “Spike” hendrix, Chuck and Jan Heaney, Ted Clawson and Terry Axley.
There is a section depicting Oregon’s part in the war, from recruiting centers to the Japanese pilot who tried to burn Brookings to the ground by igniting the forest with a bomb. The attempt failed due to the heavy fog on the land, but a trail leads to the bomb site and mementos are on display in the Chetco Community Public Library in Brookings.
Another part of the display depicts home life: articles outlining how to stretch meat in “Ration Recipes” books, ration coupons, war bonds and food tokens that both limited how much people could buy each month and curtailed inflation of those items, notably butter, meat, sugar and bread.
Social life went on stateside, which is depicted in the superhero comic books, and now-classic movies such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Casablanca” or books including “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “The Fountainhead” and “Animal Farm: A Fairy Story.”
A copy of the “Instrument of Surrender” from the Japanese is on display, as is an original copy of the Sunday Journal, Portland’s newspaper, proclaiming “Portland Meat Quota Eased” and featuring a Victory Garden chart.
A timeline shows the progression of the war; another shows what was happening in the states at the same time: the debut of Cheerios and the role of SPAM meats in feeding hungry troops.
The class is now trying to find a permanent home for the exhibit, perhaps through the Oregon Historical Society.