75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 commemorated at the California Museum through expanded programming on the incarceration of Japanese Americans
Anniversary of historic order authorizing the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII remembered in 2 exhibits, 2 educational programs & 2 special events offered Jan. 24 through June 30, 2017
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Jan. 10, 2017: The California Museum announced a series of new exhibits and public programming to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 today. Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, the order proclaimed California, Oregon and Washington military zones and led to the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps for the duration of WWII. Building upon the Museum’s programs on the history of Japanese American incarceration first launched in 2000, expanded programming including 2 new exhibits, 2 educational programs and 2 special events will be offered from Jan. 24 through June 30, 2017.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese Americans residing on the West Coast were forced from their homes into one of 10 incarceration camps located across the country. California, with the largest percentage of Japanese American citizens in the nation, was substantially impacted as a result. It was the location of 2 incarceration camps at Tule Lake and Manzanar, where over 30,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned for the duration of WWII.
“The incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII was a historic injustice with parallels to contemporary issues facing America today,” said Amanda Meeker, the Museum’s Executive Director. “We are proud to have presented exhibits and programs on Japanese American incarceration since 2000. Through this year’s expanded series of programs, we hope to educate a larger number of visitors on this dark chapter of American history, and inspire them to help prevent similar civil rights violations from occurring in the future.”
The Museum’s expanded related programming offered from Jan. 23 through June 30, 2017 will include:
“Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown”
Feb. 12 – May 28, 2016
“Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown” is an all new exhibit surveying the experience of local Japanese Americans in the 20th century. Featuring rare family photographs drawn from the personal collections of community members never before on public display, the exhibit documents the memories at the heart of a once-thriving downtown community devastated first by forced removal during WWII and again by redevelopment in the 1950s. Developed in partnership with former residents of Sacramento’s Japantown, author of “Sacramento’s Historic Japantown” Kevin Wildie and others, the exhibit will open on Sun., Feb. 12, 2017 at a special event commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/kokoro.
“Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII”
Re-opening Jan. 24, 2017, ongoing
Initially opened in 2007, “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” chronicles the history of Japanese Americans in California with an emphasis on the Sacramento area. Featuring art and artifacts along with replicas of camp barracks and a guard tower, the exhibit explores Japanese Americans in California from immigration in the 1800s to WWII incarceration in the 1940s and the successful fight for redress in the 1980s. Re-opening on Jan. 24, 2017, the ongoing exhibit will be updated with a video introduction by George Takei, an interactive map of the incarceration sites and video kiosks featuring oral histories from members of Sacramento’s Japanese American community. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/uprooted.
“Time of Remembrance” Field Trip Tour
Jan. 23 – Mar. 17, 2017
Aligned with State Content Standards on social science-history and Common Core language arts for 3rd through 8th grades, the “Time of Remembrance” Field Trip Tour provides students the opportunity to experience life in a WWII incarceration camp through a guided tour of “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” featuring replica barracks and a guard tower led by a formerly-incarcerated docent. Now in its 17th year at the Museum, the annual eight week program explores citizenship, constitutionality and the right of redress. For more information or to book, visit: http://www.californiamuseum.org/time-remembrance.
“Time of Remembrance” Traveling Trunk
Mar. 20 – June 30, 2017
Aligned with State Content Standards on social science- history for 8th and 11th grades and Common Core language arts for 8th and 12th grades, the “Time of Remembrance” Traveling Trunk brings the Museum’s Japanese American learning program to school campuses and a pivotal chapter of history to life for middle and high school students. Through interactive materials including artifact reproductions, lesson plans and hands-on activities, students explore life in a WWII incarceration camp, along with citizenship, constitutionality and redress. To further learning experiences, a 60-minute presentation by a formerly-incarcerated docent may be added for an additional fee. For more information or to book, visit: http://www.californiamuseum.org/japanese-american-traveling-trunk.
“Resistance at Tule Lake: The Defiant Japanese Americans of WWII” (2016)
Feb. 11, 2017 • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the Northern California Time of Remembrance committee of the Japanese American Citizens League, this special event from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. features a screening of the 2016 documentary film “Resistance at Tule Lake: The Defiant Japanese Americans of WWII.” Tickets are $20.00 adult or $15.00 for college students and include complimentary refreshments and admission to view all current Museum exhibits. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s “Time of Remembrance” Field Trip Tour, providing students with tours of the exhibit “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” led by formerly-incarcerated docents. For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://www.nctor.org.
“Sacramento Remembers: 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066”
Feb. 12, 2017 • 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the grand opening of the new exhibit “Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown,” a special afternoon of activities will be held on Sun., Feb. 12, 2017 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Festivities include $5.00 general admission for all visitors, plus a screening of the Center for Sacramento History’s 2016 documentary film “Replacing the Past: Sacramento’s Redevelopment History,” activities including kana (or Japanese alphabet) and origami demonstrations, docent-led tours of the Museum’s newly-updated exhibit “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” and more. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/event/75th-anniversary-eo-9066.
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