A new gallery at Washington State History Museum explores the impacts and legacy of the incarceration of people of Japanese descent during World War II as a result of Executive Order 9066. In this exhibit, visitors will experience history through photographs, art, letters, and more. A significant part of this exhibition has been sourced from individuals and families who were directly impacted by this history, including survivors and their descendants. The Japanese community first set down roots in Washington State during the 1890s. These Washingtonians had become a vital part of our state with contributions to both culture and commerce. However, changing laws and the stirring of war with Japan caused strain for many Japanese Americans. The bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 only intensified fears. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the creation of concentration camps for Japanese American citizens, an event that would mark the lives of Japanese Americans, their families, and our communities forever. View the exhibit online or in-person. More info: REMEMBRANCE – Washington State Historical Society (washingtonhistory.org)
- National Day of Remembrance is observed annually the week of February 19.
- Visit the Washington State History Museum REMEBRANCE exhibit in person, Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
- On the third Thursday of each month, enjoy extended hours and free admission from 3:00-8:00 PM
- More info: History Museum Hours & Admission (washingtonhistory.org)