NPS announces $1.2M for World War II JA incarceration sites


WASHINGTON — The National Park Service announced in a statement Aug. 17 $1.2 million in grants to “fund preservation, restoration, and education projects” at several sites where some 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II.


• Chicago Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Chicago, Ill., “The Kansha Project,” Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, Calif. — $78,956

• Densho, Seattle, Wash., “Sites of Shame: A Comprehensive Online Resource of the Confinement Sites,” Multiple sites — $244,551

• Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, Powell, Wyo., “Building a Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium,” Multiple sites — $60,599

• Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, “Digitization and Accessibility of JANM’s Moving Image Collection, Phase II,” Multiple sites — $51,778

• Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Los Angeles, “Los Angeles Conservation Corps Cultural Landscape Stabilization,” Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, Calif. — $47,341

• National Japanese American Historical Society, Inc., San Francisco, “Dislocation and Divergence: Causes and Consequences of Executive Order 9066,” Multiple sites — $196,200

• National Japanese American Historical Society, Inc., San Francisco, “From the Camps They Served: Nisei Soldier Digital Collections,” Multiple sites — $79,700

• The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., “Japanese American Internment Sites: A Digital Archive,” Multiple sites — $294,715

• The Tides Center, National Veterans Network, San Francisco, “Sharing the Lessons of Japanese American WWII Soldiers from WRA Confinement Sites,” Multiple sites — $107,708

• Yale University, New Haven, Conn., “Out of the Desert: Public Symposium, Comprehensive Curriculum Development, and Immersive Digital Portal,” Multiple sites — $76,374

Total: $1,237,922


Additionally, $1.6 million was awarded earlier this year for a total of $2.8 million. The 10 additional grantees are from six states.

Congress established the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program in 2006, authorizing a total of $38 million in funding for the life of the program. More than $23 million have been awarded thus far.

The grants will fund projects to tell these stories. Yale University will hold a two-day public symposium and develop related high school curriculum in partnership with Brown University to mark the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Chicago chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League will educate college-aged students on the “the impacts of incarceration on Japanese American communities during World War II through educational trips to Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood and the Manzanar National Historic Site, and through educational projects and curriculum development, which will be shared with the Chicago community as the project concludes.”

The grants may be awarded to projects associated with the 10 War Relocation Authority centers that were established in 1942 and the more than 40 additional imprisonment sites.

Successful proposals are selected through a process that requires applicants to match the grant award with $1 in non-federal funds or “in-kind” contributions for every $2 they receive in federal money.

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