Densho Events Calendar

We may not be able to come together in person anytime soon, but you can rest assured that we’re working hard to expand our digital offerings and create virtual gathering spaces to stay connected to you, our Densho community. Here’s a list of upcoming and ongoing digital events offered by Densho and other community partners. We’ll continue to update this calendar as we add new programming, so make sure to come back to check out the latest!

July

Thursday, July 2nd

Digital Genealogy Series: U.S. Records, 10-11am PST

It’s important to understand where records are located, how to find or order them, and how to extract critical data. Learn about some of the most important documents for your family history journey, including vital records, census, land and more. Some of the information is necessary for jumping the pond and researching in Japan.

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Thursday, July 9th

Digital Genealogy Series: Immigration Records, 10-11am PST

Have you always wondered when your ancestors first immigrated? Did you know that Japanese immigrants and their Nisei children often traveled back to Japan to visit relatives, maintain businesses, or to be educated. Learn how to search a variety of immigration records in this session, beginning with passenger manifests and moving on to Immigration Investigative Case Files, A-files and more.

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Densho Community Hour, 1-2pm PST

We invite you to an informal (and all digital) get-together from the comfort and safety of your own home. We’ll share how Densho is rapidly adapting and expanding the tools we offer during this unprecedented time, and answer questions from our community.

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Friday, July 10th

Densho Community Hour, 3-4pm PST

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Saturday, July 11th

Japanese American Incarceration on Indigenous Lands, 2-3pm PST

Presented by Densho as part of the JAMPilgrimages Tadaima! Virtual Pilgrimage, this panel of Indigenous scholars, public historians, and community leaders delves into intersections between Japanese American and Indigenous history at the Poston, Gila River, and Heart Mountain concentration camps, as well as the Leupp detention facility.

>> Learn more and watch the livestream on Facebook

Thursday, July 16th

Digital Genealogy Series: Incarceration Camp Records, 10-11am PST

Most Nikkei from the western states were incarcerated during WWII. Some individuals came from other states and even Latin America. You will learn about the abundance of archival material at the National Archives pertaining to the War Relocation Authority and the Department of Justice. Densho will co-present this session.

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Thursday, July 23rd

Digital Genealogy Series: Military Records, 10-11am PST

Many Nikkei registered for the draft in WWI and WWII. Some of them served. During this session, we will cover how to go about finding US military records for your ancestors.

>> Register now

Thursday, July 30th

Digital Genealogy Series: Family History Records in Japan, 10-11am PST

Privacy laws in Japan, coupled with the language barrier, makes searching for Japanese records seem impossible. It might be daunting, but it is absolutely possible! Learn what records are available in Japan, and how you can use the documents found in your US research to obtain those Japanese materials.

>> Register now

August

Thursday, August 6th

Digital Genealogy Series: Preserving Your Family Archives, 10-11am PST

Densho-led session on how to preserve family papers, photos artifacts, and memorabilia.

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Thursday, August 13th

Digital Genealogy Series: Writing Your Family History, 10-11am PST

Your family history should be shared. We’ll share tips and strategies in a final session co-facilitated by Densho and Linda Harms Okazaki.

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Thursday, August 20th

Digital Genealogy Series: Recording Oral Histories, 10-11am PST

Learn best practices for conducting and recording your own oral history interviews with Tom Ikeda.

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[Header image: Scene at a hoedown themed party at the 1980 JACL National Convention. Courtesy of the Kinoshita Collection.]

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