First Virtual Amache Pilgrimage June 11-13, 2021
Pilgrimages to WWII confinement sites began in the late 1960s. It took nearly a quarter century for former prisoners and their descendants to question why they had been imprisoned and begin searching for answers. From 1975 to 2019, the annual Amache Pilgrimage was held in person on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend. In 2020, the Pilgrimage was canceled due to health and safety concerns.
This year we tried something new, the first ever Virtual Amache Pilgrimage! We partnered with the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages to bring you a weekend of interactive programming. Most sessions were recorded and are still available online at https://www.jampilgrimages.com/2021-amache-virtual-pilgrimage. They included live chatting with Amacheans and other community members, films, videos, and panel discussions.
Friday June 11
|6 PM MDT||Meet Your Fellow Amache Pilgrims
Watch an orientation film and get to know your fellow pilgrims
Saturday June 12
|11 AM MDT||Opening Ceremony
Honor those who lived and died at Amache and tour the site and museum
|1 PM MDT||Amachean Experiences and Stories
Hear memories from Amacheans and how incarceration shaped their lives
|3 PM MDT||What’s Happening at Amache Today?
Visit with the groups working at Amache and learn how you can get involved
|5 PM MDT||Special Topic Discussion Groups
Discuss special topics in Amache’s history in small breakout groups
Sunday June 13
|11 AM MDT||Stories Behind the Objects
Hear the stories of Amache artifacts in museum collections across the country
|1 PM MDT||Power of Place: Finding Your Family Barracks
Learn how the online tools can lead to powerful experiences on the ground
|3 PM MDT||Intergenerational Conversations
Engage in conversations of self-reflection, healing, and looking to the future
|5 PM MDT||Closing Ceremony|
We’ll post news on next year’s Pilgrimage when available, both here and through our new Facebook group: All Things Amache facebook.com/groups/809799359625587/