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Every day across America, from deep within our family closets and attics, we discover artifacts from World War II, such as small Japanese flags inscribed with family names. What is this? Who made it and why? How did they get to America? This exhibition explores a time seventy years ago when families sent their sons off to war carrying personal items, and neither the son nor the property returned.
This September marks the 11th 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! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
Nihonmachi: The Place to Be
Nihonmachi: The Place to Be is a two-hour musical journey, originally performed in Los Angeles, that will transport audiences back in time to Nihonmachi (Japantown), the way it used to be before World War II. The play follows one Sansei's (third generation Nikkei) story as he discovers 100 years of his family's history, his roots in Japantown, and ultimately who he is as a Japanese American. Interspersed through the show are classic, nostalgic Japanese and American songs.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland Center Stage have partnered with Grateful Crane Ensemble to bring this production to the Gerding Theater. Two performances, a matinee for school groups (including complimentary tickets for underserved youth) and an evening performance for the general public, will introduce this history to audiences of all ages.
Tickets will go on sale September 1 at Portland Center Stage (www.pcs.org or 503-445-3700). Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment for more information:
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Oregon History Museum
In this exhibition, artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection illustrate this massive conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. The exhibit will also focus on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid-twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives will tell the stories that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards and the experience of Japanese Americans. Learn more at www.ohs.org.
A Community on the Move
This original exhibition, created by the Oregon Black Pioneers, explores how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland's black families and businesses. Drawing on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands-on experiences, A Community on the Move illuminates Portland's vibrant black community of the 1940s and early 1950s, which thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement. As present-day gentrification in Portland impacts historically black neighborhoods, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this little-known history is critical to our collective future. With this in mind, A Community on the Move has been designed so that visitors can connect and compare past conditions to our modern realities. Learn more at www.ohs.org.
The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II
Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. During both of the World Wars, the United States Government ran aggressive public relations campaigns; these propaganda posters, from the Mark Family Collection, are a sampling of poster art from World Wars I and II. Learn more at ohs.org.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
July and August at Lan Su Chinese Garden is Suzhou Summer: Art in the Garden, where visitors can enjoy a series of demonstrations and activities in the traditional arts of calligraphy, brush painting, seal carving and music. Learn more at lansugarden.org.
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
For over a decade, Cathy Erickson has focused her artwork on the hardships that Japanese Americans faced when they were incarcerated in camps during World War II. Much of the work for this exhibit was done in collaboration with Margaret Chula, an internationally known haiku poet. Learn more at www.cbhistory.org.
25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza
We are proud to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial! From 4:00-5:00pm on Sunday, August 2, Oregon Nikkei Endowment will honor all those who were instrumental in creating and maintaining the Japanese American Historical Plaza. The keynote speaker will be actor and activist George Takei, and music will be provided by the Minidoka Swing Band. This event is free and open to the public. Following the public event will be a celebratory cruise on the Portland Spirit. Boarding will begin at 5:30, and the cruise will take place from 6-8:30 pm. George Takei will be the special guest for this celebratory cruise, and music will be provided by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.
Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and honoring all those who helped us reach this important milestone!
Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Sunday, July 26, 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.
We wish to thank our wonderful donors for their generous contributions to our Annual Banquet, honoring Jean Matsumoto and Yoshio & Sawako Oda, featuring Special Remarks by Governor Kate Brown and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette, as well as a performance by Kurt Kuniyoshi, member of the Grateful Crane Ensemble and lead actor of Nihonmachi.
Our donors gave us wonderful items for our Silent Auction, Dessert Dash, and Wine Pull. We couldn't do it without you!
Sakura Sakura Programs
Please join us at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center as Dr. Toshio Inahara unveils his new autobiography: A Nisei, Right Place, Right Time.
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