75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 observed in grand opening of “Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown” on Sun., Feb. 12 at the California Museum
Afternoon of activities including grand opening of new exhibit & reduced admission from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. to observe anniversary of historic decree authorizing the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (Feb. 6, 2017) — Members of the public are invited to attend the “Sacramento Remembers: The 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066” on Sun., Feb. 12, 2017 at the California Museum. In observance of the historic decree authorizing the evacuation and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, the Museum will host a special afternoon from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. featuring:
- $5.00 per person admission for all visitors, a savings of up to $4.00 on the price of adult admission
- Welcome program featuring remarks by Consulate-General of Japan Vice Consul Satoshi Higo, Congresswoman Doris Matsui Office Representative Gabriela Herrera, California Museum Board of Trustees Chair Richard S. Costigan III and others at 12:20 p.m.
- Grand opening of “Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown,” an all new exhibit documenting Sacramento’s once thriving Japanese American community devastated first by incarceration during WWII and again by redevelopment of Capitol Mall in the 1950s
- Grand re-opening of “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” featuring updates including as a video introduction by George Takei, an interactive incarceration site map and oral history video kiosks detailing the personal experiences of members of Sacramento’s Japanese American community
- Book signing with Kevin Wildie, history professor and author of “Sacramento’s Historic Japantown: Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood” published in 2013 by Arcadia Press
- Screening of the Center for Sacramento History’s 2016 documentary “Replacing the Past: Sacramento’s Redevelopment History” followed by a Q&A with historian Chris Lango at 1:30 p.m.
- Demonstrations & hands on activities including kana (Japanese calligraphy), bonsai & origami
- Complimentary exhibit tours by formerly-incarcerated docents & former residents of Sacramento’s Japantown
Media are invited to cover event on Sun., Feb. 12 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. or schedule advance segments by requests received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 10 to email@example.com or (916) 651-0934.
“Sacramento Remembers: 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066″
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
California Museum, 1020 O Street (corner of 10th & O Streets), Sacramento
Brenna Hamilton, (916) 651-0934 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Press images available at http://www.californiamuseum.org/photo-gallery/kokoro.
Attending media must R.S.V.P. by 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 10 by phone at (916) 651-0934 or email to email@example.com.
Due to limited cabling opportunities from the street through the Museum’s front doors, wireless backpack units are strongly recommended for live feeds.
For more information on “Sacramento Remembers: The 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066” and related programs, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/eo- 9066.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM:
A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, the California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to make their own mark on history. Open Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sun.: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission: adults $9.00; college students & seniors $7.50 with valid ID; youth 6-17: $7.00; kids 5 and under free. For more information, visit http://www.californiamusuem.org.