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National Park Service Special Resource Study Public Comment Period is open until December 15, 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 need to hear from as many people as possible why it is important for Amache to become a National Park site. They held in person public meetings in Granada, CO and Arvada (Denver), CO. Then, due to COVID-19, they switched to virtual public meetings in conjunction with TADAIMA! They are currently determining how best to proceed with the public comment period, and are continuing to seek written comments. More information is available on the NPS park planning site and through the NPS Amache Special Resource Study Newsletter.

You can provide public comments through December 15, 2020 by filling out the online form or sending written comments.

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Background materials to help prepare your comments for NPS available online

To help you prepare comments for the NPS Special Resource Study, Amache Historical Society II held a virtual preparation session on July 11, 2020. They reviewed the four criteria for Amache to qualify as a new NPS site and how to make sure your responses to the five questions address those criteria and are most impactful. You can watch a recording of the presentation, view the slides, or refer to the AHSII special newsletter for additional details to help you prepare comments for NPS.

Programming still available for TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage

Tadaima! A Community Virtual PilgrimageThe annual pilgrimage to Amache and other sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration were canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the significance of these pilgrimages, a virtual community pilgrimage was organized by the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. They hosted TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage from June 13-August 16, 2020. Except for the Films of the Week, most of the content is still available via the TADAIMA! page.

If you missed any of the past Amache programming, all the panels and presentations were recorded and are still available. Here are some offerings about Amache or that feature Amache incarcerees (for automatic closed captioning, look for the cc button on the bottom right hand side of the videos–it is available for most of the videos):

New Amache Museum is Open!

New Amache museum. Photo courtesy Amache Preservation Society.

Exhibits have moved to the new Amache Museum at 205 E. Goff Ave. It is usually open five days a week in the summer. During the school year, it is open on demand Mon-Sat. All tours must be private tours and face masks please. Contact the Granada School at 719-734-5492 or email amache@usa.com to schedule a visit.

Amache Wood Carvings featured in JANM Contested Histories Episode 3 on May 23, 2020

Nancy Ukai Presentation Title SlideNancy Ukai, Project Director of 50 Objects/Stories, joined Clement Hanami of the Japanese American National Museum for a presentation and Q & A as part of the exhibit Contested Histories, Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection. Her presentation showcases a series of wood carvings, most made at Amache. Watch the episode on YouTube.

Discussion with Amache Survivor Preserved by Story Corps

Julia Tinker and Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker Story Corps interviewOn March 1, 2020 Julia Tinker recorded a discussion with her mother, Amache survivor Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker during the Story Corps mobile tour. They talked about their experiences as Japanese Americans, including cultural traditions passed down through generations and experiences with racism. Carlene also recalled the power of standing in the location of her living quarters at Amache the first time she returned as an adult. Listen to their full interview archived on Story Corps.

The University of Denver’s Archaeology Field School has been POSTPONED until 2021

2012 DU Field School Excavating Block 11H. Photo courtesy Kirsten Leong. 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

APS inside new museum buildingThe 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 Landscapes of Japanese American Confinement Landing PageThe 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

Hail Damage 7-29-2018
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.

We would be grateful for any funds to help with continued restoration.
You can send tax-deductible donations directly to the Amache Preservation Society or through our PayPal Donate button.
 

 

Order 9066 Podcast Series now available

Order 9066 logo 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

11F Rec Hall back on its foundation at Amache. Photo by Mitch Homma. 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

Cover image for Amache Recollections video. 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

SSU Amache Collection Landing Page Photo 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

Dr. Bonnie Clark receives award for promoting diversity in Historical Archaeology. Photo by Carrie Schrader. 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

DC Youth Summit on Japanese American Incarceration During WWII 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

Minidoka Ghost Stories Cover Photo. Photo courtesy Minidoka Ghost Stories. 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 minidokaghoststories@gmail.com.

Museum exhibit on Amache available to travel

Teapot lid fragment at Amache. Photo courtesy DU Amache Project.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.

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