A Circle of Freedom: Lost and Restored (exhibition)

RG Media Type exhibitions
Title A Circle of Freedom: Lost and Restored
Creators History Museum of Hood River County
Interest Level Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; Adult
Theme Evils of racism; Importance of community
Genre History
Availability Limited availability
Free Web Version No
Has Teaching Aids? No
Geography Hood River, Oregon
Chronology Late 1800s to 1940s

Exhibition at the History Museum of Hood River County on the Japanese American experience in Hood River, Oregon. Instigated by Museum Coordinator Connie Nice once she learned of the of the wartime incarceration of local Japanese Americans and the particularly virulent opposition to their postwar return, the exhibition has the support of the local community. The small exhibition included four sections: "Our Lives Before," "Our Lives Removed," " Our Lives in Camp," and "Our Lives in Service." Included in the exhibition are documents from the local American Legion chapter, which made national headlines in 1944 when it removed the names of Nisei soldiers from a local "roll of honor." The exhibition subsequently became a semi-permanent part of the museum.

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Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Tamura, Linda. Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River . Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012.