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I am an American: Japanese Incarceration in a Time of Fear @ Muzeo

A partnership with the Anaheim Public Library and Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, the upcoming exhibit “I Am an American” will feature personal testimonials, artifacts and memorabilia as well as give a first-hand look at the Poston, Arizona incarceration camp experience which affected and devastated Japanese Americans in Anaheim and Orange County from 1942 – 1945. Opens August 25.

The Hirano family, who was interned at Poston from 1942 to 1945. Photo from the collection of the National Archives and Records Administration.

This 5,000 square foot exhibit presents the story of an amazing testament of courage and determination of its Japanese American pioneers and their descendants before and after WWII.

Anaheim High School was the center of North Orange County education for this community where they established businesses and a church prior to WWII. Anaheim was attractive for these families to return and rebuild with the city becoming a center for local Japanese American commerce and religion in Orange County.

This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. Runs through November 3.

Muzeo is located at 241 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim. For more information call (714) 956-8936 or visit www.muzeo.org.

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  1. On August 24, 2019, in addition to the Muzeo exhibit, the Anaheim Union High School District and Anaheim High School will be presenting “The Poston Experience: Paving the Way for the Next Generations” – A multi-generational educational event focusing on the Poston, AZ Japanese incarceration camp and its relationship to Anaheim High’s historic history. Anaheim High School Cook Auditorium 811 W. Lincoln Ave Anaheim, CA 92805 11 AM to 1 PM. Admission Free For Info, call (714) 392-2103.

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