2017: A Year of Events Related to the 75th Anniversary of the Signing of EO9066
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, enabling the wartime incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry in 10 “internment camps” across the country. For the 75th Anniversary, the Japanese-American community is hosting events throughout the year and across the nation related to the WWII Japanese American incarceration experience. Use the google calendar or visit the #NeverAgain facebook page to find an event near you.
9066 Exhibit at Fresno State University now through April 30, 2017
The DU Amache Project and Amache survivors contributed to the exhibit “9066 Japanese American Voices from the Inside” at Fresno State University, which opened on the Day of Remembrance. The exhibit will run through April 30 with a number of community events. If you are in the Fresno region, make sure to see this fantastic array of exhibits. More information can be found at the exhibit website, library.fresnostate.edu/content/9066-exhibition.
Amache Pilgimage will be held on May 20, 2017
The Amache Pilgrimage is held on the Saturday before Memorial Day Weekend, which falls on May 20 in 2017. It is a day to remember those of Japanese descent who spent more than three years imprisoned on the plains of southern Colorado during World War II. A bus will depart Denver at approximately 6 AM and return at around 6:30 PM, or you may meet at the site. There will be a program at the cemetery around 11:30 followed by a potluck lunch at the Granada High School, around 12:30. There will be free time to visit the Amache Museum or tour the site, and the bus will return to Denver around 2:30. For more information or to register for the bus, see the Pilgrimage page or view the printable 2017 Pilgrimage flyer.
DU’s Archaeology Field School Honored by Society for Historical Archaeology
The DU Archaeology Field School was recognized for promoting diversity in the discipline at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in January, 2017. The field school is typically offered every two years (in even years) and is a four-credit undergraduate level course for students interested in archaeology, museum studies, or history. High school internship and volunteer opportunities are available for those with family ties to the site. A Community Open House for those with personal or family connections to Amache and a Public Open House open to everyone are held each season. Congratulations, Dr. Bonnie Clark!
First Five National Japanese American Memorial Foundation Student Videos Released
The National Japanese American Memorial Foundation‘s Digital Storytelling Project trained high school students in video production to tell stories of the 10 internment camp sites. The first five videos are now available on the NJAMF website. Amache’s digital story was produced by Halle Sousa, who participated in DU’s 2016 Archaeology Field School. Check out Halle’s video.
Denver University’s 2016 Archaeology Field School featured on Denver’s 9News
Denver University’s Amache Project offered its biennial Field School in historical archaeology and museum studies from June 9-July 15. The field school is a four-credit undergraduate level course for students interested in archaeology, museum studies, or history. High school interns and volunteer with family ties to the site also participated. Open Houses were held on July 8 and 9, and the project was featured on Denver’s 9News. For more information and to read the field school summary, visit the project website.
40th Anniversary Pilgrimage featured 1943 Valedictorian’s Commencement Address
Marion Konishi Takehara, former Amache internee and valedictorian of Amache High School Class of 1943 attended theAmache Pilgrimage on May 21, 2016, and read her commencement speech to a standing ovation. She asked then, “What does America mean to you?” And answered in 2016 what she answered in 1943 behind Amache’s barbed wire, “I would answer without any hesitation and with all sincerity, America means freedom, equality, security and justice…Do my classmates believe this? Yes, with all our heards, because in that faith, in that hope, is my future, our future, and the world’s future.” The pilgrimage and Konishi’s speech were featured on local news in Colorado Springs and Denver. It was the first time she had returned to Amache since she left 70 years earlier.
Smithsonian National Youth Summit on Japanese American Incarceration Now Available
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Japanese American National Museum held a National Youth Summit on Japanese American incarceration in World War II on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 1–2 PM EDT. The recording of the full webcast is now available on the Smithsonian’s website.
Oral History Project Seeks Ghost Stories from Internment Camps
The Minidoka Ghost Stories project is seeking stories of ghosts, hauntings, and the strange from the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and is an opportunity to hear and to share a unique aspect of the internment experience. These stories not only provide an alternative inroad to Japanese American history, but also, in the analysis of their telling, provide insights into our culture, our values, and our legacy. Though Minidoka is specified in the project’s title, they are interested in hearing stories associated with ANY of the camps. To learn more about the project or to contribute, visit the project’s facebook page or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum exhibit on Amache available to travel!
A student and community curated exhibit, Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection is now available to travel. Connecting the Pieces features objects from the DU Amache Research Project that help tell the story of Japanese American internment during World War II. Interested in bringing the dialogue to your local museum, library, or community center? Download the flier or contact Anne Amati for more information.