From the Blog
Controlling the Historical Record: Photographs of the Japanese American Incarceration
This blog post examines photographs taken during World War II, and compares the work of photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams.
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Teaching the Teachers in Portland
On Saturday, May 18th in Portland, Oregon, Densho and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment (O.N.E.) trained over 40 enthusiastic teachers. A special treat during this workshop was a lunch presentation by Homer Yasui, the brother of Min Yasui, who challenged the curfew for Japanese Americans during World War II. Funding for the workshop was provided, in part, by a grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service, and the Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Library of Congress. Densho's next teacher training workshop is scheduled for September 14, 2013, in Honolulu in partnership with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.
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Densho Hosts Digitization Workshop
On May 20th, Densho, in partnership with 4Culture, conducted a digitization workshop for heritage organizations. Representatives from 11 different King County organizations spent the day at Densho learning how Densho scans, catalogues, and displays historic photographs and documents.
Thank you for GiveBIG
Last month, over $5,000 was donated online to Densho during the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign. We anticipate another $480, or about 9% of the amount raised, will be received from the Seattle Foundation as part of their match. Thank you for the support!
Community News and Events
Tule Lake Planning Meetings
Starting in June, the National Park Service will host public meetings in California, Oregon, Washington, and online to help the NPS create a general management plan for the Tule Lake concentration camp. As a new unit, there is no comprehensive plan for Tule Lake, and the National Park Service faces many issues and challenges for its future management. The most overarching issues are how to interpret what occurred at Tule Lake and how to ensure that visitors have meaningful experiences at Tule Lake tied to its history.
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Kickstarter Campaign for May Namba Documentary
Artist Emily Momohara is creating a film documentary about May Namba's life when she was forced to resign from her job as a clerk in the Seattle School District because of her Japanese ancestry during World War II. Parents at the school believed that May might poison the students in loyalty to Japan. In the 1980s, May became a spokesperson for the group of Seattle clerks who were forced to resign. She and others demanded and successfully received an apology and redress from the Seattle Public Schools.
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