National Park Service Special Resource Study Public Meetings to be held in California and Colorado in the spring of 2020
The National Park Service is conducting a Special Resource Study to determine whether Amache meets the criteria to become a new national park. They will be holding a series of public meetings throughout the spring of 2020. More information is available on the NPS park planning site and through the NPS Amache Special Resource Study Newsletter.
Amache Historical Society II prepared a special newsletter with more details to help you prepare comments for NPS.
Public meeting locations and times:
Future meetings have been POSTPONED in order to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The NPS will notify stakeholders and the public once a new date for the public meeting has been identified.
|Date||Start Time||End Time||Location|
|02/11/2020||6:00 PM||8:00 PM||Granada City Complex
103 S. Main Street
Granada, Colorado 81041
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Japanese American Citizen League Headquarters
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94115
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Enmanji Buddhist Temple – Memorial Hall
1200 Gravenstein Highway South
Sebastopol, California 95472
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95818
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 North 5th Street
San Jose, California 95112
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Merced County Library
2100 O Street
Merced, California 95340
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Pacific Renaissance Plaza
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290
Conference Room #4
Oakland, California 94607
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Two presentations will be offered, at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute – Rm 202 & 203
1964 W. 162nd Street
Gardena, California 90247
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Simpson United Methodist Church
6001 Wolff Street
Arvada, Colorado 80003
Annual Amache Pilgimage scheduled for May 16, 2020 is CANCELED
Due to COVID-19, this year’s Pilgrimage will be canceled for the health and safety of the community. The Amache Pilgrimage is held each year on the Saturday before Memorial Day Weekend. It is a day to remember those of Japanese descent who spent more than three years imprisoned on the plains of southern Colorado during World War II. To learn more, visit the Pilgrimage History or Annual Pilgrimage pages.
The University of Denver’s Archaeology Field School has been POSTPONED
DU’s Amache Project typically offers its biennial Field School in the summer of years ending in even numbers. This year, in the interest of safety, the planned 2020 DU Amache field school has been postponed. We hope to return to Amache and the Amache museum for a seventh field school in historical archaeology and museum studies during the summer of 2021. The field school is a four-credit undergraduate level course for students interested in archaeology, museum studies, or history. High school interns and volunteers with family ties to the site are also welcome. For course details, visit the
Institute for Field Research. Visitors are welcome to come visit at any time during normal field seasons. At the end of the field season, there is usually a special community open house for former Amache incarcees and their families and a public open house the following day.
TBK Bank Donates Building for New Amache Museum
The TBK Bank, SSB, donated its building in Granada to the Granada School District to be used as the new location for the Amache Museum. A key handing ceremony was held on December 12, 2019.
JA Confinement Sites Featured in National Campaign
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) recently released their fifteenth annual thematic report of threatened and at-risk landscapes. Due to the urging of the Japanese American Confinement Site Consortium (JACSC), the World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites are one of 10 national landscapes identified in the 2018 campaign and are featured on a TCLF microsite, A Surrender to Fear Itself: The Landscapes of Japanese American Confinement. The campaign, titled Landslide 2018: Grounds for Democracy, aims to “draw immediate and lasting attention to these threatened and unique sites by making them visible, revealing their value, and promoting public engagement in the form of advocacy and stewardship.”
Amache sustained major hail damage on July 29, 2018
A hailstorm on July 29 delivered baseball-sized hail driven by 70 mph winds, resulting in damage at the Amache site, research center, and other buildings/structures in Granada. The barracks building on the Amache site lost 65 of its small-pane windows, there was also damage to the water tower and guard tower. The research center also lost many windows, needed to be re-roofed, and needs new fencing. Amache Preservation Society was able to secure the buildings, protect all artifacts, and perform crucial repairs. Thanks to the outpouring of support from the Amache community, immediate costs were covered, but larger repairs are still ongoing. Members of APS are also volunteering their time and assistance to Granada community members whose homes, vehicles, and other property sustained major damage.
You can send tax-deductible donations directly to the Amache Preservation Society or through our PayPal Donate button.
Order 9066 Podcast Series now available
APM reports and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently released Order 9066, a podcast series chronicling the history of the Japanese-American incarceration through vivid, first-person accounts. It is narrated by Sab Shimono and Pat Suzuki, veteran actors and stage performers incarcerated at Amache.
Original Recreation Hall Moved Back to Amache
The 11-F Recreation Hall was moved back to its original Amache foundation from the town of Granada in time for the annual May Amache pilgrimage. Colorado Preservation Inc. (CPI) documented the process with a media crew to share the experience. Several local and international media outlets also publicized articles about moving the rec hall back to Amache. The area around the rec hall was one of the archaeological sites studied this year by the Denver University Field School. Aside from moving the rec hall, the larger project included the addition of fences around the water and guard towers, lighting the water tower, and adding a historic searchlight, comparable to the original, to the guard tower.
All Ten National JAMF Student Videos Now Available
The National Japanese American Memorial Foundation‘s Digital Storytelling Project trained high school students in video production to tell stories of the 10 internment camp sites. The videos are now available on the NJAMF website. Amache’s digital story was produced by Halle Sousa, who participated in DU’s 2016 Archaeology Field School. Check out Halle’s video.
Sonoma State University Hosts Special Collections for Amache
Sonoma State University’s North Bay Ethnic Digital Collection features photographs of daily life at the Amache Relocation Center in Colorado, home to over 7,000 interned Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II, many of them from the North Bay. Sonoma State University Professor Emeritus Robert Fuchigami was an internee in the Amache Relocation Center and wrote the descriptions for many of the items in the Collection, which began as a grant-funded project and part of the University Library’s North Bay Ethnic Archive. The collection can be accessed online at https://northbaydigital.sonoma.edu/digital/collection/nbedc.
DU Honored by Society for Historical Archaeology
The DU Archaeology Field School was recognized for promoting diversity in the discipline at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in January, 2017. The field school is typically offered every two years (in even years) and is a four-credit undergraduate level course for students interested in archaeology, museum studies, or history. High school internship and volunteer opportunities are available for those with family ties to the site. A Community Open House for those with personal or family connections to Amache and a Public Open House open to everyone are held each season. Congratulations, Dr. Bonnie Clark!
Smithsonian Youth Summit on JA Incarceration Now Available
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Japanese American National Museum held a National Youth Summit on Japanese American incarceration in World War II on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 1–2 PM EDT. The recording of the full webcast is now available on the Smithsonian’s website.
Oral History Project Seeks Ghost Stories from Internment Camps
The Minidoka Ghost Stories project is seeking stories of ghosts, hauntings, and the strange from the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and is an opportunity to hear and to share a unique aspect of the internment experience. These stories not only provide an alternative inroad to Japanese American history, but also, in the analysis of their telling, provide insights into our culture, our values, and our legacy. Though Minidoka is specified in the project’s title, they are interested in hearing stories associated with ANY of the camps. To learn more about the project or to contribute, visit the project’s facebook page or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum exhibit on Amache available to travel
A student and community curated exhibit, Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection is now available to travel. Connecting the Pieces features objects from the DU Amache Research Project that help tell the story of Japanese American internment during World War II. Interested in bringing the dialogue to your local museum, library, or community center? Download the flier or contact Anne Amati for more information.