Historic Wintersburg

Historic Wintersburg Historic Wintersburg is an endangered National Treasure in Huntington Beach, California, representing

Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, California, was designated a National Treasure in 2015 and one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014. Preserve Orange County named Historic Wintersburg one of Orange County's Most Endangered historic places in 2017. It is a Japanese American pioneer historical place with over 120 years of history. Historic Wintersburg was once an Issei go

ldfish and flower farm, and also one of the oldest Japanese missions in Southern California, founded by both Buddhists and Christians in 1904. Historic Wintersburg is a civil rights "site of conscience." All those associated with the farm and mission were forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II due to their Japanese ancestry. This page is a companion to the Historic Wintersburg blog, sharing history, information on historic preservation. More of the Historic Wintersburg story at www.HistoricWintersburg.blogspot.com, which has links to our Wikipedia page and social media. FACEBOOK POLICY

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Donations are held by our partner, Heritage Museum of Orange County, a 501c3 county museum nonprofit. More information at heritagemuseumoc.org

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11/07/2022

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) condemns the comparison of the prosecution of Tom Barrack to the late Honorable Norman Y. Mineta and the unjust incarceration of more than 125,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Barrack, a private equity executive and fundraiser for former President Donald Trump, is charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to the FBI.

Barrack’s defense attorney, Randall Jackson, compared his client’s prosecution to the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans in his closing arguments on November 1, 2022.

Read our full statement: https://www.janm.org/press/release/janm-condemns-comparison-tom-barrack-late-honorable-norman-y-mineta-and-world-war-ii

Join our partner, Heritage Museum of Orange County, tonight for Dia de Los Mu***os!
10/29/2022

Join our partner, Heritage Museum of Orange County, tonight for Dia de Los Mu***os!

🕯🌼TONIGHT!!!🌼🕯For the first time ever we are hosting our Dia de Los Mu***os community altar as an in person, live event where we invite everyone to join us. Enjoy live music, Luna’s Catering food truck, and professional photographer Pablo Serrano while we honor our dearly departed! 🙏

10/21/2022

For the first time in our nation’s history, the names of 125,284 persons of Japanese ancestry who were imprisoned in all 75 US Army, Department of Justice, and War Relocation Authority camps during World War II have been commemorated in the sacred book of names, the Ireichō. All are welcome to honor those in the Ireichō by acknowledging a person’s name with a hanko (stamp). It is an opportunity to recognize everyone that experienced unjust incarceration, one that is long overdue.

The Ireichō is part of Irei: National Monument for the WWII Japanese American Incarceration, a project led by Duncan Ryuken Williams () and Sunyoung Lee to address the erasure of those who experienced wartime incarceration and expand the concept of a monument through the Ireichō as a monument, a website as a monument (Ireizō), and light sculptures as monuments (Ireihi).

Stamp the Ireichō and leave your mark on history.

janm.org/ireicho

Camp survivors and those with special circumstances can contact the Development office at 213.830.5646 or email [email protected] to arrange a time to stamp your name. The Ireichō will be at JANM until September 24, 2023.

10/12/2022

Congratulations to Nell Yukiye Murphy who created a "Virtual Tour" of Manzanar National Historic Site to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award! Nell explains, "For me it’s personal. My grandfather, my aunt, my uncle, their aunts, uncles and cousins were sent to Manzanar just a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and they had no choice. If you lived along the west coast in 1942, there was no getting out of being sent to one of these camps. Manzanar was closest to Los Angeles, which is where they lived. It’s where I live today!

"You can learn about Manzanar and my grandfather’s story here, and watch some short videos I have made, read a little bit about each exhibit, and why it matters. You can click on the points of interest on the map I drew, and it will take you to a page about that exhibit. Then you can do a brief activity, telling me what you observed. If you participate in 5 activities, my partner ESIA will send you a patch that was designed by one of my fellow Girl Scouts.­

"What I hope more than anything is that you will not only tell others to take the virtual Journey to Manzanar, but that you will also tell people what you learned, becoming an ambassador to this very important part of our American story. It's for people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests."

The site is hosted by Manzanar's non-profit and philanthropic partner, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association at https://sierraforever.org/journey-to-manzanar/

10/12/2022
We are working on behind the scenes efforts regarding our partnership collaboration with Heritage Museum of Orange Count...
10/11/2022

We are working on behind the scenes efforts regarding our partnership collaboration with Heritage Museum of Orange County and a new website. We also are attempting outreach to Republic Services to gain entrance for representatives from the Japanese American community and historic resources experts to enter the property to collect the ash and remains of the 1910 Mission and 1910 Manse, and conduct interfaith ceremony to honor historically consecrated ground. We will post information when it can be publicly announced.

Meanwhile, we'll share some blog posts as a refresher on the history and historic designations.

The earliest official designation for Historic Wintersburg was in 1985 report prepared for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which noted the property contained significant structures that were "eligible for the National Register of Historic Places."

Thirty years later in 2015, the City of Huntington Beach reached the same conclusion and that each of the six then-extant structures were individually eligible for the National Register.

As of October 2022, the Historic Wintersburg property remains critically endangered and experienced the loss of the 1910 Mission and 1910 Manse due to fire/demolition, caused by ongoing neglect by the current property owner (lack of w**d abatement, minimal security, trespassing, vandalism).

https://historicwintersburg.blogspot.com/2012/02/1986-survey-of-orange-county-buildings.html

Updated March 2022 Orange County's Japanese American Council in association with the Bowers Museum conducted a survey in 1986 of pre...

08/26/2022

📚🍎Back to school means HMOC field trips are back bigger and better than ever!!! Our quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages covers the historic H. Clay Kellogg House, John Maag Farmhouse, Blacksmith Shop, as well as 4.5 acres of the Gospel Swamp nature preserve and citrus groves. Recently revamped to pre-pandemic programming, our immersive educational field trips provide the best of Heritage Museum of Orange County. We are a cultural and natural history center dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region and sharing it with our community!

Teachers, parents, youth group leaders, contact us today to find out how to book an affordable amazing field trip for your kids!!

08/26/2022
Historic Wintersburg is included in this book on Orange County history. Go to the author talk and get a copy!
08/17/2022

Historic Wintersburg is included in this book on Orange County history. Go to the author talk and get a copy!

The librarians of Santa Ana have 25 copies of our book to give away. Join us at Santa Ana’s main library, 1-2:30 pm, this Saturday, August 20 for a chance to win a book and also hear from all three co-authors together.

08/14/2022

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PRESERVATION WORK AT MANZANAR’S CHILDREN’S VILLAGE SITE

The public is cordially invited to join park staff and others over Labor Day Weekend (September 2-6) in preserving Manzanar’s Children’s Village, the only WWII Japanese American incarceration camp orphanage. We will be joined by Karyl Matsumoto and Lillian Ogata Bonner, who, as babies, were incarcerated in Manzanar's Children's Village.

There will be a group dinner and presentation about Children’s Village Saturday evening (6-8 pm) at the Lone Pine Smokehouse in Lone Pine, CA, that anyone, even if they are not working at the volunteer project, can attend.

Much of the planned work can be physically demanding. Previous experience is helpful, but all that is really needed is a willingness to get dirty. The main work will consist of rebuilding the rustic wood gazebo and fences that were at the orphanage, resetting building footers, and installing a few signs. We will also be raking leaf duff, pruning trees, pulling w**ds, and using wheelbarrows to move dirt.

We will be able to accommodate up to 25 volunteers a day. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and be able to work outdoors. Volunteers must sign up in advance and may work any number of days or hours, but a full day or multiple days are preferred. Work will be conducted regardless of weather, so please come prepared, bring water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat, and work gloves. We will meet each day at 7:30 am in the visitor center parking lot and work until 3:30 pm.

Volunteers should RSVP as participation is limited. Please email Jeff Burton at [email protected] for more information and to sign up. Manzanar National Historic Site is located nine miles north of Lone Pine and six miles south of Independence on the west side of U.S. Highway 395. Learn more on our website at https://www.nps.gov/manz.

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Photo: Children's Village superintendents Harry and Lillian Matsumoto with incarcerated orphaned babies. In the background you can see part of one of the dormitories for children, and the rustic wood fence and shade structure. Lillian Matsumoto Collection, NPS.

08/14/2022

Coming soon! Tessaku and JAMP are both organizations run by Topaz descendants. Now we are collaborating to mark the 80th anniversary of the camp that held our families. Stay tuned for more information!

08/12/2022

On this day in 1942, the Heart Mountain Concentration Camp was opened in Cody, Wyoming. Approximately 10,767 incacerees of Japanese ancestry were unjustly incarcerated at this site, with incacerees coming from both California & the PNW. When incarcerees arrived to Heart Mountain, they found employment in the hospital, local hard labor such as agriculture, and the Heart Mountain Sentinel, a Nisei founded newspaper at the camp. However, what Heart Mountain Concentration Camp became best known for was the incarcerees' brave acts of resistance. Whether it was strikes, walk outs, or draft resistance, the Japanese Americans of Heart Mountain made it clear that they were upset and felt betrayed by the American government they trusted. The administration would often attempt to diminish morale by taking away funding for cultural events, but the incarcerees would find a way around these complications. In one instance, they even organized an obon festival without resources provided by the administration. Today's image depicts children posing at Heart Mountain Concentration Camp.

Image courtesy of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation

08/10/2022

In observance of the anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, JANM will be closed on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

On August 10, 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued a formal presidential apology and symbolic payment of financial reparations to surviving Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. Although many of the first generation Issei had already passed away and did not receive the apology, which occurred more than 40 years later, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was the first and only time that the US government publicly apologized for a mistake acknowledging that the exclusion, forced removal, and mass incarceration was due to a failure of political leadership, war hysteria, and racism.

JANM honors this anniversary to acknowledge the unconstitutional, mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in remote US concentration camps without due process or evidence of wrongdoing 80 years ago. While recognizing the apology, JANM is also well aware that other past mistakes by the US government against Black and Indigenous communities deserve recognition and reparations.

To learn more about the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, explore our online educational resources: https://blog.janm.org/2022/07/29/janm-commemorates-the-civil-liberties-act-of-1988/

Photo: President Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 on August 10, 1988. From left to right, he is flanked by Senator Matsunaga of Hawaii, Representative Mineta of California, Representative Saiki of Hawaii, Senator Wilson of California, Representative Young of Alaska, Representative Matsui of California, Representative Lowery of California, and Harry Kajihara, president of the Japanese American Citizens League. Photo courtesy of The Ronald Reagan Library and National Archives and Records Administration.

Amazing story about the return of two important artifacts to the little town of Locke, in California's Sacramento–San Jo...
08/04/2022

Amazing story about the return of two important artifacts to the little town of Locke, in California's Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta.

08/03/2022

In 1956, a metal drum containing nearly two thousand stones was unearthed at the former Heart Mountain concentration camp's cemetery. The meaning and purpose of these stones remained a complete mystery until 2001 when a team of scholars examining the stones realized that some of the characters written on them could be combined to form Buddhist terms. Could they be part of a sutra or sacred Buddhist text? Using computational analysis, the research group found the first six volumes of the Lotus Sutra perfectly matched what were known as the "Heart Mountain Mystery Stones."

During the wartime period, it was made clear to the Japanese American community that goods made in Japan or featuring Japanese script could potentially be used to prove their disloyalty. Many families burned or buried such items in the weeks and months leading up to incarceration. When they arrived at the so-called Assembly Centers, they discovered that their fears had not been unfounded; anything written in Japanese, including collections of poetry and Buddhist sutras, were confiscated by the US Army as contraband.

The fact that the sutra stones were very nearly lost to time and history is itself a lesson. Confronted by hostility, ignorance, and indifference, the Heart Mountain Sutra Stones nevertheless survived, testament to the persistence and resilience of faith in the camps.

You can see the Heart Mountain Sutra Stones on view in the exhibition, "Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration" at JANM!

Thank you for visiting the public art feature at LUCE honoring the Furuta family and Historic Wintersburg! We hosted the...
07/26/2022

Thank you for visiting the public art feature at LUCE honoring the Furuta family and Historic Wintersburg! We hosted the public art dedication and provided historical research to the artist, who was personally inspired by the long history of Japanese Americans in Wintersburg Village. The permanent art installation remains open to the public. LUCE is at the corner of Edinger and Gothard streets in Huntington Beach.

JUST RELEASED: Podcast about the history and erasure of Historic Wintersburg. Just under 30 minutes and worth a listen! ...
07/26/2022

JUST RELEASED:

Podcast about the history and erasure of Historic Wintersburg. Just under 30 minutes and worth a listen! The podcast hosts do a wonderful job summarizing the historic timeline and decade-long preservation effort.

https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com/the-erasing-of-historic-wintersburg

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 37! History books and curriculum are missing a lot of information. There are a plethora of moments that are ignored or not talked about in true depth. Even worse are the times throughout our history that the majority has worked to erase the history, culture, and very exi...

07/24/2022

MANZANAR TO HOST GARDENS FOR PEACE EVENTS, AUGUST 26-27, 2022

Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to a weekend of special events to celebrate the United Nations’ 2022 International Day of Peace. With its large collection of Japanese gardens, Manzanar NHS is one of only 20 places across the continent selected to take part in the North American Japanese Garden Association’s signature event, “Gardens for Peace,” to promote world peace and understanding.

Manzanar’s gardens were created by Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the World War II camp as symbols of hope and resilience in the face of racism and wartime hysteria. Abandoned after the war, the gardens were obscured by sediments and vegetation, but since 2007 over 20 have been uncovered through Manzanar’s award-winning Community Archeology Program.

In Manzanar’s Gardens for Peace events, noted scholar Kendall Brown will give visitors an illustrated presentation on Japanese gardens across North America. On-site tours of Manzanar’s Japanese gardens will be led by Dr. Brown and National Park Service archeologist Jeff Burton. Although the gardens have not yet been fully restored, the tours will help participants imagine the lush landscapes once created behind barbed wire.

During a brown-bag lunch, the public will be invited to participate in an in-depth conversation about the historical significance of the gardens and their potential for promoting future peace. We will close the program with an evening reception at a private Japanese garden in Lone Pine.

EVENTS INCLUDE:

Friday, August 26, 2022 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.:

Presentation on the Japanese Gardens of North America by Kendall Brown. Where: Banquet Room of the Lone Pine Smokehouse, 325 S Main St., Lone Pine. Dinners (including vegetarian options) will be available for purchase.

Saturday, August 27, 2022 9 a.m.:

Guided tour of four of Manzanar’s best-preserved Japanese Gardens. Where: Meet at the Arai Pond Parking Area, 0.8 mile beyond the Visitor Center on the paved tour road. Distance: 1/2-mile walk, plus 1/3-mile walk to return to start point, mostly on cleared paths and old roads with one short cross-county section. Wear sturdy walking shoes and sun protection and bring water.

Noon: Informal Lunch Discussion. Where: Hospital Gardens, the end point of the morning tour. Chairs, tables, a washing station, and a porta-potty will be provided. Bring your own brown bag or picnic lunch and beverage.

1:30 p.m.: Extended guided tour of Manzanar’s excavated and unexcavated gardens. Where: Meet at the Hospital parking area, 1.1 miles beyond the Visitor Center on the paved tour road. Distance: walking up to 2 miles, depending on weather and interest, mostly on cleared paths and old roads with a few short cross-county sections. Wear sturdy walking shoes and sun protection and bring water.

7 pm: Reception with Kendell Brown and Jeff Burton Where: Private Japanese garden at 615 E Inyo St, Lone Pine. Enjoy green tea and a sweet while chatting informally with Dr. Brown and Jeff Burton. The small private garden was designed by Kyoto gardener Motomi Oguchi.

Kendall H. Brown is professor of Asian art history at California State University Long Beach and a noted scholar on the history and future of Japanese gardens. Among his many publications is the 2013 book Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America.

Jeffery F. Burton is the Cultural Resources Program Manager at Manzanar National Historic Site. With the help of volunteers and others, he has uncovered over 20 Japanese gardens at Manzanar and has shared their legacy with archeologists, garden professionals, and the public through hands-on preservation projects, presentations, and publications.

Manzanar National Historic Site was established by Congress to preserve the story of the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry solely because of their ethnicity; this history is relevant to several current issues, including how a government can perpetuate racism, the harsh treatment of immigrants, and the abrogation of civil rights. But in their gardens, the incarcerated Japanese American asserted pride in their heritage in the face of prejudice, hope and action in the face of forced confinement, and community and family ties in the face of imposed institutionalism. Thus, Manzanar’s gardens are not solely places of serenity and beauty; they also represent how individuals and small groups can work against the tyranny of divisiveness and war.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence and nine miles north of Lone Pine, California. Learn more on our website at https://www.nps.gov/manz or explore “ManzanarNationalHistoricSite” on Facebook and “ManzanarNPS” on Instagram and YouTube.
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Photo: Gardens for Peace Event, 2021. Attendees speak with Jeffery F. Burton and Kendall Brown at Merritt Park, a community garden in Manzanar.

How many of you have experienced an "old time" drug store soda fountain and grill? This has been an iconic part of Old T...
07/23/2022

How many of you have experienced an "old time" drug store soda fountain and grill? This has been an iconic part of Old Towne Orange for well over a century. So many of Orange County's historic places are already lost.

07/21/2022

The one-year anniversary of the unearthing of the Wakasa Monument will be observed by the Wakasa Memorial Committee with a Procession of Flowers on Sat., July 23, at 10 a.m. at the Topaz concentration camp, Utah.

An online program, “Procession of Flowers: The one-year observance of the Wakasa Monument unearthing,” will be streamed at 7 pm PDT on Weds., July 27, on the Wakasa Memorial Committee Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoyZDunPaJHAzatMBE4zDBg

For more information contact: Wakasa Memorial Committee at [email protected]

Digital artwork by Topaz descendant Glenn Mitsui.

07/21/2022

On this day in 1942, the Gila River Concentration Camp was officially opened. Similar to Poston, Gila River Concentration Camp was also opened on land that was designated as a reservation in Arizona. After two unsuccessful votes on the matter, the site was barely approved on the third vote on the matter by the Tribal Council of the Akimel O'otham and Maricopa people. However, there were very mixed feelings amongst the locals regarding the site itself. The site would be divided into two designated areas named Camp Canal and Camp Butte. Gila River would reach a peak population of 13,348 incarcerees of Japanese ancestry during its use. While incarcerated at Gila River, the incarcerees worked together to organize a plethora of recreational activities in order to find some sense of normalcy in their lives. The most popular pastime at Gila River was baseball though. Kenichi Zenimura, a professional baseball player incarcerated at Gila River, even coached the high school team in camp and made it one of the prides of the Gila River inmates. This was especially true when the Eagles, the camp's team, defeated Arizona's three-time state high school baseball champions, the Tucson Badgers. Today's image depicts Momayo Yamamoto harvesting spinach at Gila River Concentration Camp.

Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

07/18/2022

By the summer of 1942, the forced removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast was more or less complete. This meant that the first religious holiday to be celebrated in camp was the summer ritual of Obon, the Buddhist festival in which ancestors are honored. Despite the heat of the mid-summer season, Obon ceremonies and dances drew the biggest participation of any religious activity in the concentration camps, with families from both Buddhist and Christian backgrounds joining the dances and festivities.

"Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration" explores the role that religious teachings, practices, and communities played in the WWII Japanese American experience. On view through November 27, 2022 at JANM

Image: Japanese Americans in kimono participating in Obon dancing, Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, 1943. Photo by Bill Manbo.

07/17/2022

Obon time! Locke is a historic community in the California Delta region.

Next Monday on PBS:POV national premiere broadcast of Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust on July 18th at 7pm PT...
07/14/2022

Next Monday on PBS:
POV national premiere broadcast of Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust on July 18th at 7pm PT / 9pm CT / 10pm ET.

In anticipation of the July 18th PBS broadcast of Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust, we are launching a virtual live-stream Day of Action on July 17th, 2022 beginning at 10am PT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET. Partnering with 18 Million Rising, Tsuru for Solidarity, the Sierra Club, Nia Tero, Great Lakes EcoRegion Network, Minnesota JACL, Minnesota National Historic Society, Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, and Oyate Hotanin, we will spotlight local actions highlighting resource extraction, incarceration, environmental justice in a livestream video relay, passing the baton from one city to another. The 2 hour live stream will uplift water and land protectors. The event will be streamed on www.manzanardiverted.com and you can RSVP at tinyurl.com/ManzanarDiv or at the link in our bio. Then, the very next day, catch the POV national premiere broadcast of Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust on July 18th at 10pm PT. Be sure to check your local PBS station!

07/13/2022

When the Issei (first generation) came to the US, they found comfort and fellowship in the Japanese American community, as well as a haven from discrimination.

A uniquely Japanese American organization, known as kenjinkai, was a social group of families from the same region in Japan. Picnics quickly became a favorite activity among these groups as a way to socialize with their fellow hometowners.

A poem written by an Issei:

Picnic
Looking up at the sky
I feel young again.

Image: Photo of a family having a picnic, eating watermelons and smiling. Japanese American National Museum, Gift of the Taketaro Azeka Family (92.126.61)

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Smithsonian Channel

07/13/2022

On this day in 1942, the legal team representing Mitsuye Endo filed the habeas corpus petition in hopes to grant her release. Shortly after the announcement of EO 9066, Ms. Endo was discriminately fired from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Mitsuye Endo quickly rebutted her firing by challenging the decision with the help of the Japanese American Citizens League. It was during her conversations with the JACL that she would come into contact with a lawyer by the name of James C. Purcell. Purcell at the time was looking for someone to act as a plaintiff in a case on the constitutionality of Japanese American incarceration. Ms. Endo would quickly become the perfect candidate as she worked in civil service, she was a Methodist, never been to Japan, and had a brother in the military. Together, they challenged the US government in Ex parte Mitsuye Endo and won in 1944 when the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that the US government could not legally detain US citizens of Japanese ancestry that were "concededly loyal."

Image courtesy of the CSU Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History

07/10/2022
07/08/2022

⭐️🎋On this day, the JAMP team would like to wish everyone a Happy Tanabata!!!🎋⭐️

In Japan, Tanabata (also known as the Star Festival) is usually celebrated on July 7th; however, there are some places within Japan that celebrate on August 7th. According to folklore, Princess Orihime, the gifted weaver, and Hikoboshi, the hard-working cow herder, fell in love. Their love and devotion were so strong for each other that Orihime stopped weaving and Hikoboshi allowed his herd to run loose. Although Orihime’s godly father was happy his daughter found love, he was angered by the couple’s lack of attention for their responsibilities. As a result, the two were separated in order to have them return to their tasks with the agreement that they could meet once a year on July 7th. Now the two star crossed lovers cross the milky way on the 7th day of the 7th month to be together again. On this day, it has become a tradition to write down wishes on tanzaku to hang on branches of bamboo. Today's image is of a drawing during Tanabata at the Crystal City DOJ Camp.

Image courtesy of the Japanese American Archival Collection

06/30/2022

U alums are leading efforts to rebuild a historic Salt Lake City street into a cultural destination honoring the past.

06/30/2022

Phase 2 of our map of OC's historic places is underway thanks to a grant from the Orange County Historical Commission and OC Parks. We will be adding several hundred more resources and we'd like to know what you think as we move forward. The map provides a guide to Orange County's historic built environment: the outdoor spaces, neighborhoods, and public art that have historical and cultural meaning. Buildings of architectural note are important but so are commonplace buildings where something important happened! What places would you like to see added and what can we do to improve the map? https://us16.list-manage.com/survey?u=d980fa2164cfd614716946591&id=ea5a90a576&e=*|UNIQID|*

06/26/2022

The Politics of Race, Place, and Waste in Huntington Beach

June Aochi Berk of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition stresses the importance of saving places associated with Issei history. “These places are valuable in the sense of keeping the story alive, of the first generation who came here and struggled to build a community in California.” As Legacy Project Director for the TCDS Coalition, Berk interviews descendants of Issei men who were imprisoned at the Tujunga center. She learned about one such prisoner, Charles Furuta, by interviewing his grandchildren, Norman and Ken Furuta. Berk, a Nisei, or second-generation Japanese American, was incarcerated as a child. She compares the threat to Issei-related sites to another kind of removal. “That’s what makes me want to preserve these places – to honor our first generation Isseis.”

https://www.preserveorangecounty.org/tracts/2022/5/30/the-politics-of-place-race-and-waste-in-huntington-beach

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