Arizona Capitol Museum remembers USS Arizona with new exhibit

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Arizona Capitol Museum is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the launch of the USS Arizona.

That celebration includes the opening of a new exhibit, called "Flagship of the Fleet: The life and death of the USS Arizona."

In 1917, a funding effort was launched across the state of Arizona to pay for a silver service to use for entertaining dignitaries as the ship traveled the world serving as a floating embassy. That service was removed from the ship prior to its sinking.

That silver service from the USS Arizona is now on exhibit at the Arizona Capitol Museum. The exhibit also includes a photographic timeline of the Arizona, a portion of the ship's hull recovered as part of a salvage operation and a U.S. flag possibly belonging to Commanding Officer Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh.

The AZCM is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entry to the museum is free.

About the AZCM

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, helps Arizonans know and obtain information about their government, their state and their world. We provide expertise to empower informed decisions. The Arizona Capitol Museum connects people to Arizona government - past and present. Using new technology to increase the interactivity of exhibits, the AZCM has brought the history of Arizona into the 21st Century. Housed in the historic state capitol, entry and parking to the AZCM are free. For more information about our exhibits, or to schedule a tour, visit us online at www.azlibrary.gov/azcm.

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