Specific Exhibit Objects Identified for JACL/Smithsonian Museum Collaboration

June 28, 2015 • JACL, Politics

By JACL Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will feature a special exhibition of Japanese American incarceration artifacts in an effort to tell the story of the Japanese American experience during World War II.

A Smithsonian representative will be attending the 2015 JACL National Convention on July 14-15 in search of incarceration images and objects to be featured in a JACL-sponsored exhibit that will open on the Day of Remembrance, Feb. 19, 2017, and remain accessible until November. It is projected to reach more than 3 million visitors in the museum and millions more online.

JACL National Convention attendees with object(s) that might be considered for the exhibit are encouraged to bring a photograph of the item so that it can be examined by the Smithsonian representative.

Specific exhibit objects include:

  • 100th Infantry Battalion full uniform
  • Photos from Japanese American World War II veterans (100th, 442nd RCT/MIS)
  • Handmade toys and children’s items from camp
  • Cards and games used in camp for leisure (kids and adults)
  • Textbooks, report cards, projects and artwork from camp schools and adult education classes
  • Birth and death certificates from camp
  • Camp worker’s documentation and records, such as salary logs, etc. (for both Japanese Americans and non-Japanese)
  • Sports-related artifacts, photos and documents from camp
  • Camp newsletters and newspapers
  • Personal Letters (e.g., Nisei soldiers writing to parents in camp, etc.)
  • Resettlement documents

For more information, please contact americanhistoryapacollections@si.edu.

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