2011 / National Park Service awards $2.9 million in grant to help preserve WW II Japanese American relocation sites

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The entrance of Manazanar Internment Camp. Photo by Ansel Adams. Source: National Park Service

The National Park Service has awarded 24 grants totaling $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret sites where Japanese Americans were confined during World War II. The announcement was made by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in Washington, D.C. on June 23.

These undertakings include restoration of an internment camp cemetery at Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas; production of a film exploring the lives of mothers and children detained at Poston, Arizona; and production and distribution of a documentary on the jazz bands that flourished at many internment camps.

The grants range from $5,000, to preserve documents and artifacts at Chicago’s Japanese American Historical Society, to $291,025, to reconstruct a water tower and a guard tower at the Granada Relocation Center (Amache) in Colorado.

A list of the winning projects follows. When a project is marked with an asterisk (*), the applicant is from one state and the confinement site associated with the project is in another.

Arizona
Project: “Japanese American Internment in Arizona Oral History Website”
Applicant: Arizona State University, Tempe

Under California, see the Poston Community Alliance project “Poston’s Mothers and Babies: A Film on Domestic Life in Camp.”

Arkansas
Project: “Rohwer Relocation Center Interpretive Project, Phase II”
Applicant: Arkansas State University, Jonesboro

Project: “Rosalie Gould Rohwer Collection Preservation”
Applicant: Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock

Project: “Rohwer Relocation Camp Cemetery Preservation”
Applicant: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

California
*Project: “Digital Documentation and Virtual Tour of Japanese American Confinement Sites”
Applicant: CyArk, Oakland

Project: “World War II Internment: Lessons from the Past for the Future”
Applicant: Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), San Jose

Project: “J.A. Jive! Jazz Music in the Japanese American Internment Camps”
Applicant: KEET-TV, Eureka

Project: “Stone Ishimaru’s War Relocation Authority Camp Images Archive”
Applicant: Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corp., Los Angeles

Project: “We Said, ‘No, No’”
Applicant: Manzanar Committee, Inc., Los Angeles

Project: “Historic Inquiry and Place-Based Learning in Japanese American Confinement Sites”
Applicant: National Japanese American Historical Society, San Francisco

*Project: “Poston’s Mothers and Babies: A Film on Domestic Life in Camp”
Applicant: Poston Community Alliance, Lafayette

Project: “The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement: A Digital Archive”
Applicant: University of California, Berkeley

Project: “The Japanese American Internment/World War II American Homefront Oral History Project”
Applicant: University of California, Berkeley

Colorado
Project: “Amache Water Tank Restoration, Water Tower Restoration, and Guard Tower Reconstruction”
Applicant: Colorado Preservation, Inc., Denver

Hawaii
Project: “Honouliuli Confinement Site Educational Tours Program”
Applicant: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Honolulu

Idaho
Project: “Civil Liberties Symposium: Patriotism, Honor, and Sacrifice”
Applicant: Friends of Minidoka, Twin Falls

Project: “Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project”
Applicant: University of Idaho, Moscow

Illinois
Project: “Conservation of the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society Archival Materials”
Applicant: Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Glenview

Minnesota
Project: “The Registry: A Documentary Film about the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Minnesota”
Applicant: Asian Media Access, Inc., Minneapolis

New Mexico
Project: “New Mexico Japanese American Internment Sites History, Interpretation, and Education Project”
Applicant: Japanese American Citizens League, New Mexico Chapter, Los Lunas

Utah
Under California, see the CyArk project “Digital Documentation and Virtual Tour of Japanese American Confinement Sites,” which includes Topaz Relocation Center, located in Utah.

Washington
Project: “Digital Archive System for Community Organizations”
Applicant: Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, Seattle

Project: “Teach the Teachers”
Applicant: Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, Seattle

*Project: “Digitizing and Preserving the George and Frank Hirahara Photograph Collection”
Applicant: Washington State University, Pullman

Wyoming
Project: “Restoration of the Heart Mountain Boiler House Chimney”
Applicant: Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office, Cheyenne

Under Washington, see the Washington State University project “Digitizing and Preserving the George and Frank Hirahara Photograph Collection,” which involves Heart Mountain Relocation Center, located in Wyoming.

For details about winning projects: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/JACS/downloads/2011_GrantAwardSummaries_Brief.pdf