MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


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Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
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2017 Dec 13


First Shot: The Secret Submarine Attack on Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the Museum Stores will be open from 6-9 p.m.
Tickets:  $5 ($4 MHS members). Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015. Tickets will be available by phone until 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Some tickets will be available at the door.

On this 70th anniversary of a date that lives in infamy, we will host a special screening of the film “First Shot: The Secret Submarine Attack on Pearl Harbor,” a revealing, 30-minute documentary about a little reported story of the mysterious encounter between a Japanese submarine and the USS Ward one hour before the Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Ward fired on and sank one of the submarines, propelling the United States into WWII.

The program will include remarks by St. Paul native Richard Thill, who was aboard the Ward that morning and is prominently featured in the film.

The program is co-sponsored by the 70 Year Project, an immersive website - - that virtually enables all Minnesotans to again share in the day-to-day tragedies and triumphs of total world war as told through the state's newspaper headlines.