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14th Annual Minidoka Pilgrimage Dates Announced

By May 17, 2016No Comments

The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee is pleased to once again offer a Senior Scholarship.

SEATTLE, WASH. — The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the dates for the 14th Annual Minidoka Pilgrimage will be June 23-26.

In 1942, nearly 13,000 people of Japanese ancestry living in Washington and Oregon, many of whom were U.S. citizens, were removed from their homes and sent to a desolate “concentration camp” near Twin Falls, Idaho.

This summer the 14th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families and friends — from Seattle, Portland and across the nation — to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories and ask questions about the Minidoka experience.

The pilgrimage officially begins in Twin Falls, Idaho, on the evening of June 23 for dinner. A full day of educational program follows on June 24. Participants will then tour the Minidoka National Park Site on June 25, followed with small group discussions to learn and share memories of the incarceration experience. On June 26, the pilgrimage will conclude with a commemorative closing ceremony at the Minidoka National Park Site.

There are two different registration packages being offered this year:

  • The Seattle/Bellevue package includes bus transportation from Bellevue, Wash., to Twin Falls, Idaho. The registration
    fee is $400.
  • The Boise/Twin Falls Package requires participants to provide their own transportation to Twin Falls, Idaho. The registration fee is $200.

There is a discount on both packages for children under 12 and seniors 75 years and older. The registration fee includes meals and all activities during the pilgrimage.

Lodging must be made by each participant. Please review the Hotel and Information document and the Registration Form for more information on Pilgrimage packages.

In addition, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee is excited to once again offer a Senior Scholarship to those who are over 80 years of age and were imprisoned in any of the American concentration camps during World War II.

For registration forms, Senior Scholarship application and information, please visit For those without access to a computer, please leave your name and address with Dale H. Watanabe at (206) 296-2156 and the information will be mailed.