December 5, 2021
Naper Settlement, IL 60540
History Speaks - A Day That Will Live in Infamy: The Attack on Pearl Harbor - Presented by The National Museum of the American Sailor
Sunday, December 5, 2021
This presentation will examine events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, how sailors and nurses responded, as well as the aftermath and legacy of the attack that is considered the Navy’s greatest defeat.
The shocking attack and major defeat at Pearl Harbor was the catalyst for the emergence of a new and determined naval fleet. The American people were shocked and outraged but rallied together to “Remember Pearl Harbor” and stand united behind their sailors as they battled our enemies in the Pacific Theater. This presentation will examine events leading up to the attack, how sailors and nurses responded, as well as the aftermath and legacy of the attack that is considered the Navy’s greatest defeat.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Kim Ortega
Kim Ortega is from Elk Grove Village, Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in 2010 before enrolling at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. While attending Harper College in 2012, Kim began volunteering and eventually worked for the Elk Grove Historical Museum – her first taste of museum work! She ultimately transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with minors in Museum Studies and Anthropology and later, her Master of Public Administration degree with an Emphasis in Museum Administration. While at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Kim had the opportunity to work at the University Museum and an Education Intern with the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Following graduation, Kim worked part-time as the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator at the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum from 2016 to 2018. In this position, she was able to coordinate school tours, work one-on-one with volunteers, and plan fun volunteer appreciation events. Kim went on to become the Assistant Curator at Midway Village Museum from 2017 to 2020 and during that time she curated four temporary exhibitions, brought satellite displays to Rockford Public Library branches, and added to Midway’s social media presence. Kim started working with the National Museum of the American Sailor in May 2020 as a Museum Technician.