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:

Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10am - 3pm
Free and open to the public

Join us at this year's Oregon Archives Crawl through downtown Portland, where you can participate with archives and heritage organizations in getting in touch with history. Start at any of the three host locations—City of Portland Archives and Records Center (1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550), Multnomah County Central Library, or the Oregon Historical Society. While at the Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC), be sure to check out the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's table and learn more about our Oregon Heritage Commission grant-funded Japanese American Community Collections Digitization Project. Go to pdxarchivists.wordpress.com for more information.
 

Exhibit
Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps
July 12 –November 16, 2014

Exhibit extended!

Art Behind Barbed WireArt Behind Barbed Wire is a travelling exhibition from the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington's Northwest Nikkei Museum, featuring arts and crafts from the Pacific Northwest community created by Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps. Largely made from scrap and found materials, objects such as carved wooden bird pins, shell brooches, dolls, inlaid furniture, and paintings are a testament to the spirit, strength, and creativity of Japanese Americans who created beauty in the harshest of physical and human conditions. The voices and humanity of those unjustly deprived of their civil liberties are remembered through their art created behind barbed wire.

First Thursday
Thursday, November 6, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

 
Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2pm
Hidden Legacyat the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland)
Cost: $22 general; $18 seniors & students; $15 Friends of O.N.E.

Making its Portland debut, the new, hour long documentary Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps is the first-ever major presentation of traditional music, dance, and drama in camps, and the remarkable roles played by the teachers of classical Japanese art forms. This special, one-time-only event will include a short musical concert by master koto player Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong and Lita Kazuho Buttolph, a Japanese classical dance performance by the Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, followed by a screening of Hidden Legacy.

Tickets may be purchased online through the Hollywood Theatre.
 

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
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Art Behind Barbed Wire
July 12 — November 16, 2014

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October 14, 2014


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