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Priscilla Wegars

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Priscilla Wegars is the volunteer curator of the University of Idaho's Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC), a resource center of artifacts, images, and bibliographical materials that help a wide range of individuals better understand the history, culture, and archaeology of Asian Americans in the West. She has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Idaho and is an independent editor, historian, historical archaeologist, and artifact analyst. Priscilla is the author of Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp (2010) and of As Rugged as the Terrain: CCC “Boys,” Federal Convicts, and World War II Alien Internees Wrestle with a Mountain Wilderness (2013; Co-Winner for Idaho Book of the Year). Her earlier research focused on Chinese immigrants in the West, and her book Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer (2003) received an Honorable Mention as the Idaho Book of the Year from the Idaho Library Association. She lives in Moscow, Idaho, and can be reached at [email protected]