An exhibit of items of daily necessity, crafted by incarcerated Japanese Americans during WWII
On Exhibit July 6 to November 6, 2016
During World War II, Executive Order 9066 mandated the incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans to Concentration Camps. Allowed to bring only what they could carry in a suitcase, Japanese Americans had to make do with very few possessions. Consequently, they made furniture, clothing, tools and many other items with materials found in camp.
Over sixty items will be on display, most are family heirlooms borrowed from area households thus have never been seen by the public. The display features furniture, jewelry, tools, paintings, needlework, a scrapbook, games, toys and quilts. The objects will be accompanied by quotes from local families. Each item, whether a chest of drawers made from scrapped fruit crates or a piece of jewelry made from shells, is a testament to human ingenuity, craft and courage.
Guest Curator, Ken Matsudaira