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

Sharing and preserving Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived.

Japanese American history museum

Group tours of the museum and/or the Japanese American Historical Plaza, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research appointments at the Legacy Center are available. Learn more on our Education and Resources and Services page.
 

To schedule or for more information:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email

 

 


News and Events:

Breaking the Silence – Stories of Courage from our Elders
Presented in Partnership with Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Tuesday, May 3, 7pm
At the Mediatheque Theater at Pacific Northwest College of Art (511 NW Broadway, Portland)
Free and open to the public, RSVP encouraged

Four speakers will talk about their lives during and after the Second World War. Moderated by Linda Tamura of Willamette University, the conversation will focus on the role storytelling plays in the healing process after trauma. The panelists will connect their experiences with the war and their later decisions to begin public speaking.

One of the speakers, George Nakata lived in a Japanese American concentration camp in Idaho during World War II. A second speaker, Taka Mizote, spent the war years in farm labor camps in eastern Oregon. The other two speakers, Les and Eva Aigner, survived the Second World War in Europe then lived through political unrest in Hungary before emigrating to America.

Breaking the Silence

For more information on the speakers or to RSVP, visit www.ojmche.org.
 

Current Exhibit
Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II
Open to the public through June 19, 2016

First Thursday – May 5, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Uprooted features a selection of images from federal photographer Russell Lee's documentation of Japanese American farm labor camps near the towns of Nyssa, Oregon, and Rupert, Shelley, and Twin Falls in Idaho. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Evacuation notice
Museum in a Suitcase

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center has developed a teaching aid for use in classroom presentations called Museum in a Suitcase. Our speakers will share the Japanese American experience in Oregon with your students by bringing exhibits (visual images and artifacts) in a suitcase to your classroom. The exhibits cover the following topics: immigration, life in Portland's Japantown, and the internment story. For more information, contact Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at 503-224-1458.
 

 


 

Tour our permanent exhibit:

Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of an American Community

 

To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email

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Current Exhibit

Uprooted
Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II

February 11 - June 19, 2016

Uprooted

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Last updated:
April 29, 2016


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