Densho Awarded $494K in NPS Grants
Densho has been awarded two grants totaling $494,403 from the National Park Service (NPS) through the Japanese American Confinement sites (JACS) grant program. The NPS awarded 10 JACS grants totaling $1.4 million to help preserve and interpret the World War II confinement sites of Japanese Americans. Densho's first grant award of $300,000 will fund work to create a massive online repository of video oral histories and historic photographs, documents, and newspapers. When completed in 2015, the project will improve the search features of the Densho Archive and increase the size of the archive to over 100,000 items.
Densho's second grant award of $194,403 will fund work to create an online course for classroom teachers to learn how to find and explore the rich primary sources in the online Densho Archive. This online course will reach thousands of teachers across the country and in international and military schools overseas. Content for the online course will be refined from Densho's current Teach the Teachers program which is currently training over 600 teachers in six states.
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Densho Teacher Training in Portland
Online registration is open for our teacher training workshop on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00am-3:30pm in Portland, Oregon. Densho is partnering with Oregon Nikkei Endowment (O.N.E.) to bring this workshop to the Portland area. Participation in the workshop is free, with a $100 stipend if teachers report back on how they use workshop materials in the classroom. Funding for the workshop is supported, in part, by a grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service. Contact [email protected] for more information or to organize a teacher workshop in your city.
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Essay about the Army's Poor Treatment of Nisei Soldiers
Roger Daniels shares a short essay about how many Nisei soldiers were treated badly by the Army during World War II. In the essay, Professor Daniels references Linda Tamura's book, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence (2012) and Shirley Castelnuovo's book, Soldiers of Conscience. In the essay he writes,
"The shocking story of the mistreatment suffered by those the Army kept in the special labor units, many of whom were Kibei, is revealed in the Tamura and Castelnuovo books. Some were convicted of mutiny and sent to federal prisons. Others were kept in the special labor units, and, despite having clean military records, were given so-called blue discharges which denied them the veterans' benefits to which their service entitled them. It is a story that needs to be read about and remembered."
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Community News and Events
Registration for June 20-23 Minidoka Pilgrimage is Open
Buses will leave the Seattle area on June 20, 2013 for the 11th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage. Online registration is available including scholarships for individuals 80 years old and above. Registration also includes a day of participation at the Civil Liberties Symposium in Twin Falls.
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Register Now for JANM Conference in Seattle
On July 4 through July 7, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, the Japanese American National Museum will present its fourth national conference--SPEAKING UP! DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE, DIGNITY. The Conference will explore the historic and contemporary connections of the Japanese American experience to local, state, and national histories. Online registration is available.
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Researcher Interested in Childhood Memories of Books in Camps
Yuri Brockett is conducting research about books available in assembly centers and incarceration camps and any interaction between children in camps and people, such as librarians, or groups who delivered books to children. This research will be published in a small magazine specializing in children's literature in Japan. Anyone who would like to share their related experience can contact Yuri directly by email [email protected] or by phone 425.869.7157.