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:

Vision and Vigilance
Vision and Vigilancewith Portland Center Stage
October 9, 2016, 10am-noon
at the Gerding Theater at the Armory (128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland)
Free, reservations encouraged
RSVP to 503-445-3700 or www.pcs.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.pcs.org for more information or to sign up. This program is presented in conjunction with Portland Center Stage's production Hold These Truths.
 

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.

Happy Hour with Hold These Truths Playwright Jeanne Sakata
Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

In partnership with Portland Center Stage, join us for a special pre-show Happy Hour with Hold These Truths playwright Jeanne Sakata and musicians Peter Zisa and Yukiko Vossen. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided. Visit www.pcs.org for more information or to sign up.

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. 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
Field-In-A-Day
Saturday, May 28, 2016
at the Minidoka National Historic Site

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 are invited to join 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.

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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