After almost eight months of work, a new display at New Hampton Middle School is preserving pieces of northeast Iowa history.
Tuesday, students and staff dedicated a showcase just inside the building’s main entrance featuring Pearl Harbor and World War II artifacts. The school is a part of the U.S.S. Arizona Relic Program and was given a two-foot piece of the battleship that infamously sank in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. A vile of fuel from the ship was also donated by a local veteran who was a U.S. Navy diver and collected it as a part of a mission on his way to fight in the Vietnam War.
New Hampton 8th grader Mason Hackman says it was an honor to work on the incredibly unique project.
A New Hampton student also donated a hat worn by a relative in World War II. 7-8th grade social studies teacher Jason Rude says the project was aided by two $1,000 donations and the display of the artifacts is, “ A pretty special opportunity here in New Hampton.”
While the display was dedicated this week, it’s not open to the public just yet with outside visitors still limited due to COVID-19. An estimated 12 northeast Iowans lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.