Our Interpretive Center shares the legacy of Heart Mountain, where over 14,000 people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II.

Cody, WY
Joined February 2012
Kichisuke Kawaguchi was 84 when he was incarcerated at @HeartMountainWY. That made him one of the oldest people in any WRA camp. He almost made back to freedom, but he died incarcerated on Sept. 21, 1945, which was announced #OTD in 1945 in the Sentinel. 1/2
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The family's life at @HeartMountainWY was filled with sadness. His son, Keiichi, died in camp a year earlier at 54. Here's the record of when Keiichi first entered the United States in 1907. 2/2
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Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation retweeted
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Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation retweeted
One of the least-known elements of the Japanese American incarceration was how the U.S. government persuaded Peru to send its Japanese immigrants to the United States to be incarcerated. 1/2 bbc.com/news/world-latin-ame鈥
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One of the least-known elements of the Japanese American incarceration was how the U.S. government persuaded Peru to send its Japanese immigrants to the United States to be incarcerated. 1/2 bbc.com/news/world-latin-ame鈥
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Thousands of Japanese immigrated to Peru in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was a hard life. Iyekichi Higuchi, the grandfather of @HiguchiJD, immigrated to Peru but went back to Japan. He then immigrated to California. He was eventually incarerated at @HeartMountainWY 2/2
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We're proud that @HeartMountainWY representatives Aura Sunada Newlin and Krist Ishikawa Jessup joined @DRyukenWilliams and dozens of other community leaders for the Ireicho ceremony at @jamuseum last weekend. It's a hugely important project. dornsife.usc.edu/news/storie鈥
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#OTD in 1944 the @topazmuseum Times published an update on the status of five Issei farmers who had relocated from Gila River to a New Jersey farm, only to be forced away by racist neighbors. They landed on the Newtown, PA, farm of Herman Heston. 1/3
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One farmer was George Yamamoto, whose family was forced from their homes in central California and banished to Gila River. He was a skilled farmer and merchant who helped Heston's farm thrive. 2/3
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In 1981, Yamamoto's son, Kinzo, a Ph.D. from @PennState, testified before the commission studying the Japanese American incarceration. He recommended the teaching of Asian American history in our schools. We agree. Read his testimony here: f001.backblazeb2.com/file/de鈥 3/3
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When Roger Tokunaga was 10, he, his parents and eight siblings were forced from their home in Yuba City, CA, and incarcerated at Amache. After the war, he returned to Sutter County and became a pillar of the local community. legacy.com/us/obituaries/app鈥
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I鈥檓 so excited to share this with you! The paperback of "When Can We Go Back to America?" just arrived at my house.
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September 1943 was in the middle of segregating "loyal" and "disloyal" incarcerees. #OTD in 1943 cam this announcement of the wedding of Grace Nakano and Joe Hayano. The next day, they boarded the train to Tule Lake and segregation. They were 20 and 19.
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Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation retweeted
3 generations at @jamuseum to see the massive #ireizo book of incarceree names. Dad & uncles鈥 names outside at Nisei soldier memorial. Now mom, grandparents and other relations memorialized in this monumental undertaking.
鈥淭his is just not an act of remembrance, but an act of repair.鈥 My story on a most moving unveiling of a tome the size of the Gutenberg Bible in honor of generations of #JapaneseAmericans incarcerated during #WWII - with photos by 鈦@GenaroMolina47鈦. latimes.com/california/story鈥
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You can check the final accountability rosters for each camp and download them here: ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-30鈥
Is there a directory to check that all of my relatives, who were incarcerated at Rohwer and Tule Lake, are accounted for?
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Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation retweeted
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Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation retweeted
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I heard these two amazing men speak together at the dedication of the Heart Mountain Institute, and have rarely been as moved and joyful while listening to their stories!
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