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 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Resources and Services

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center activities and resources are designed to collect and preserve and share the Nikkei history with a broad range of audiences.

To learn more about scheduling a group tour to the Legacy Center, or arranging for a speaker to visit your school or organization, please visit our Education page or contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Minidoka oral history interviewVisual History Collection
As part of the Minidoka Oral History Project, over 50 recorded video interviews that make up Oregon Nikkei Endowment's growing Visual History Collection can now be accessed online through the Densho Digital Repository.

The Minidoka Oral History Project helps preserve and pass along the story of the Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest for current and future generations to come. Collected since 2003, each interview captures the life story of our Issei, Shin-Issei, Nisei, Kibei and other narrators.

This work is made possible thanks to a Japanese American Confinement Sites grant from the National Park Service. Additional funding has been provided by the Oregon Heritage Commission, Meyer Memorial Trust, Jackson Foundation, and generous donations from friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

Portland's Japantown Revealed
Merchant HoteliBook of Portland's Historic Nihonmachi

Portland's Japantown Revealed is an enhanced, multi-touch iBook that tells the story of a vibrant Japanese American community in Portland, Oregon, that disappeared with the forced removal and incarceration of its citizens. Available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, or with iTunes on your computer.

This innovative book uses historical photographs, video interviews, and rarely seen artifacts largely selected from the collections of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. While the focus is on one American community, this book illustrates a great injustice in American history rooted in race prejudice and war hysteria.

Portland's Japantown Revealed was written by Peter Pappas, a well-known instructional designer, teacher and educational blogger. He is the author of three WWII Homefront books and resides near what was once Japantown in Portland, Oregon. Visit the Apple iTunes store to download.

Japantown PDX
iPhone Walking Tour of Historic Old Town

Explore Portland Oregon's historic Japantown with this user-friendly walking tour. The city's vibrant pre-WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. Watch historic Japantown street life reappears in "then and now" photographic dissolves.

Japantown PDXJapantown PDX documents the vitality of the once-thriving Nihonmachi as well as its sudden disappearance in the spring of 1942. In addition to telling Portland's Japantown story, this app explores the diverse Old Town neighborhood's African American, Chinese, and LGBT roots.

Japantown PDX was designed by history educator Peter Pappas and his students at the University of Portland and is powered by GammaPoint's App4Tour.com app builder platform. Archival content provided by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Open the iPhone App Store and search for "Japantown" or visit the Apple iTunes store to download.
 Public Art PDX

Public Art PDX: Japanese American Historical Plaza
iBook of Portland's Historic Nihonmachi

Oregon Nikkei Endowment has developed an iPhone guided tour app of the Japanese American Historical Plaza, featuring the voice of renowned actor and activist George Takei. This innovative walking tour describes the history of the Plaza's development, its importance to the history of Japanese Americans and Portland, as well the meaning of the poems engraved in the stones.

Thanks to support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, iPhone users can download this free guided tour app by accessing Public Art PDX through Apple’s iTunes store. As part of Public Art PDX, the Japanese American Historical Plaza is showcased in a rich and diverse collection of more than 500 public works of art on display in and around Portland.


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