Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Portland Center Stage
Hold These Truths
October 1 — November 13, 2016
in the Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
$10 off with promo code "NIKKEI"

As the U.S. joins World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi agonizes over government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. Written by Jeanne Sakata, inspired by the true story of University of Washington student, Gordon Hirabayashi. Ryun Yu, who played Hirabayashi at ACT Theatre in Seattle, reprises the role at The Armory. Learn more at www.pcs.org.

Portland Center Stage, in partnership with Oregon Nikkei Endowment, will host a series of events in conjunction with their run of Hold These Truths.

Perspective Series with Chisao Hata
Sunday, October 16: Peggy Nagae and Linda Tamura
Sunday, October 23: June Schumann and Mari Watanabe
Sunday, October 30: Peggy Nagae and Nikki Nojima Louis

Portland Center Stage in partnership with the Oregon Nikkei Endowment is hosting a series of 30-minute post-show discussions following select Sunday matinee performances of Hold These Truths. Hear and share personal reactions and thoughts inspired by the play, filtered through the perspectives of our Japanese American community, social justice activists, scholars, and historians. Perspectives Series begin five minutes following the Sunday matinee performances. Visit www.pcs.org for more information or to sign up.

Vision and Vigilance
Vision and Vigilancewith Columbia Center for the Arts
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7-9pm
at the Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave, Hood River)
Free, reservations encouraged
RSVP to www.columbiaarts.org
Download the flyer

Join a panel of diverse community leaders who will engage participants in dialogue, reflection and inspiration in facilitated roundtables. The community facilitators will share their knowledge and connect their work in civil and human rights to the work of Minoru Yasui. Vision and Vigilance addresses the ongoing need for individuals and communities to be advocates for the needs of their communities. Visit www.columbiaarts.org for more information or to sign up.

Minidoka Center Field Project
at the Minidoka National Historic Site

The goal of the Center Field Project is to re-construct one of the baseball fields at Minidoka and its supporting structures, including scoreboard, backstop, player benches, and exhibit panels.

Minidoka baseballBaseball played a key role in sustaining the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center from 1942-45. Many camp residents—youth and adults, male and female—played baseball or softball on one of the many fields throughout the camp.

Field-In-A-Day is based on the 1952 Farm-In-A-Day event on property that was part of the historic Minidoka site. Approximately 1500 volunteers built a two bedroom home, dug irrigation canals, built corrals, and planted crops — all in a single day. On Saturday, May 28th, individuals and groups joined Friends of Minidoka and park staff in rebuilding one of the baseball fields that were interspersed among the 44 residential blocks.

Support the Minidoka Center Field Project by volunteering for Field-In-A-Day, making a donation, or purchasing a special commemorative baseball (a portion of sales supports the Center Field Project). The baseball ($10, case costs extra) is available for purchase at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Please visit www.nps.gov for more information.

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Legacy Center's programs, which provide tangible reminders of the richness and vitality that ethnic minorities can bring to societies that hold sacred the rights of its citizens and regard as a blessing the diversity of its people.

Other Community Events
Please visit Discover Nikkei for more information about upcoming events in the area and around the world. Also visit the JROC calendar for more Portland-area events from the Japan-Related Organizations Coordinating Group:

Lan SuLan Su Chinese Garden
Tea Month
October 1-31, 2016

Lan Su Chinese Garden, in collaboration with The Tao of Tea, presents Tea Month, a series of more than 20 events and activities celebrating tea and tea arts. The cultural variety, educational focus, and fun tea activities have become increasingly popular over the years for Portland residents and visitors to the garden. Learn more at www.lansugarden.org.

Portland Japanese Garden
Bending Nature: Four Bamboo Artists in the Garden
August 20-November 6, 2016

Bamboo is known for its unique character as a plant: having flexibility and strength. This exhibition features the work of four internationally known bamboo artists on view in three outdoor locations around the Japanese Garden. Each of these artists attempts to "bend nature" in new directions, challenging conventional bamboo craft techniques and forms to reflect the close relationship between nature and ourselves. Learn more at japanesegarden.com.

History Pub
Presented by McMenamins History, Oregon Historical Society, & Holy Names Heritage Center
Harmony and Hysteria: Azalea Peet, Margaret Peppers, and the Japanese American Camps of World War II

Monday, October 24, 2016
With Linda Teresa Di Biase, Collaborative Collections Strategy Librarian, UW Libraries
at McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland)

United by a common dedication to education and social welfare in the realm of organized religion, Azalea Peet of Gresham and Margaret Peppers of Seattle found their convictions challenged amid the rising tide of anti-Japanese sentiment in the months after Pearl Harbor. When the House Select Committee Investigating National Defense Migration held hearings in Portland in February of 1942, Peet was the only person to speak out on moral grounds against the forced removal of Japanese Americans. Deaconess Margaret Peppers accompanied her incarcerated congregation as it moved from Seattle's Camp Harmony to Camp Minidoka in Idaho. Learn more at www.mcmenamins.com.

Past events:

Vision and VigilanceVision and Vigilance
Sunday, October 9, 10am-noon
at the Gerding Theater at the Armory
Download the flyer

Join a panel of diverse community leaders who will engage participants in dialogue, reflection and inspiration in facilitated roundtables. The community facilitators will share their knowledge and connect their work in civil and human rights to the work of Minoru Yasui. Vision and Vigilance addresses the ongoing need for individuals and communities to be advocates for the needs of their communities. Visit www.pcs.org for more information or to sign up.

Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

This September 24th marks the annual Museum Day Live!, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a participating museum again this year. Free admission for two people to the museum during exhibit hours (11am-3pm) with the Museum Day Live! ticket. To get your ticket, go to Smithsonian.com/museumday. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Omoide Project Workshop
Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-7:00 PM
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Free and open to the public, RSVP by September 10th

Please join us for a workshop around storytelling hosted by the Omoide Project, an all-volunteer outreach program operated through the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington. Since 1991, the Omoide team has published five volumes of children's books featuring illustrated childhood recollections of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Based out of Seattle, core team members visit schools, provide teacher workshops, attend cultural events, and speak at a variety of other venues across the state of Washington.

Come help us welcome the Omoide team for their first ever visit to Oregon! Attendees will be able to watch a short video documentary on the project, hear a reading of their collected stories, share tips on how to open dialog and encourage discussion, and participate in a small writing and illustration workshop. This program was presented in partnership with the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington.

Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)

Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Iwasaki Bros., Inc. and Jere Okada, featuring a performance by Portland Taiko.

Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction, with Special Keynote Speaker The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Plaza Cleanup
Saturday, July 30, 8:00 a.m.
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Couch Street and Naito Parkway)

Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Saturday, July 30, starting at 8am. Clean-up activities include pulling weeds, sweeping, and picking up litter. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom, dust pan, rake, work gloves, water, flag markers, and any other tools and supplies that might be useful.


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