October 19, 2011

The Densho Encyclopedia is a free and publicly accessible website project launching in the fall of 2012 that will provide concise, accurate, and balanced information on many aspects of the Japanese American story during World War II. We have started to release sample entries to showcase the content and give you a chance to preview the encyclopedia while it is still under development.

For this installment, we are featuring an entry about a lesser-known part of the concentration camp infrastructure. As the largest population centers in some of the desolate regions where they were created, the camps became like small, self-contained cities. Did you know that Manzanar even had an orphanage? Learn more in the entry, Children’s Village

Funding for the first phase of the encyclopedia is being provided by grants from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service, and by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund.