Densho Encyclopedia Presented at National Social Studies Conference
Next week the new Densho Encyclopedia will be presented at the annual National Council for the Social Studies Conference by project manager Geoff Froh and encyclopedia editor Brian Niiya. The encyclopedia is a free and publicly accessible website that provides concise, accurate, and balanced information on many aspects of the Japanese American story during World War II. There are more than 300 articles that are extensively referenced and interlinked, and more than 550 primary sources (photographs, documents, and oral history video clips) included with the articles.
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A Teacher Training Workshop in your City?
Two weeks ago the Densho team was at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles training 35 teachers and 25 museum volunteers. Next week we will be training 60 teachers at the National Council of Social Studies Conference. These workshops use materials about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans to examine how to use primary sources in the classroom. The workshops are led by Executive Director Tom Ikeda and Education Consultant Janet Hayakawa. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a workshop in your city.
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Community News and Events
Book Event - Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence
Please join us on Saturday, December 15th at 3pm at the Wing Luke Museum for a book event with author Linda Tamura. Linda will talk about her new book, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River. The book shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France and serving as linguists in the South Pacific. The soldiers were from Hood River, Oregon, where their families were landowners and fruit growers. Town leaders, including veterans' groups, attempted to prevent their return after the war and stripped their names from the local war memorial. This book event is sponsored by Union Bank.
Only 7 days Left to Support a Documentary Film Project
A Kickstarter campaign for HONOR & SACRIFICE, a documentary focusing on Nisei veteran and MIS linguist Roy Matsumoto, has only 7 days left to raise its goal of $30,000 to produce the film. The documentary will be about the Nisei who were incarcerated in concentration camps, enlisted in the U.S. military, and volunteered to become linguists in the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific Theater of WWII.
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