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    Thursday, February 19 @ 6 PM
    National Museum of American History
    14th Street & Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    August 21 & 22, 2015
    Details TBD

    Film premiere, panel discussion, exhibit opening, & gallery talk to feature with o
    ur brand new exhibit "Moving Walls: Heart Mountain Barracks in the Bighorn Basin"

    This exhibit explores the dual identities of Heart Mountain barracks, from their original uses as housing for
    Japanese American incarcerees of the Heart Mountain "Relocation Center" and their later use as homes for local homesteaders
    settling in the area after the war.

    Join us on the evening of September 29, at 6:30pm for the premiere of Sharon Yamato's new documentary film, followed by a panel discussion.
    The panel will be comprised of people featured in the film including former Heart Mountain incarcerees, homesteaders in the Bighorn Basin, and the filmmaker.

    This event will take place at Northwest College in the Fagerberg Building, Room 70 starting at 6:30pm.

    The event is FREE and open to the public.

    The official exhibit opening will take place on Saturday, September 30 and will feature a gallery talk with the photographer featured in the exhibit, Stan Honda, and the filmmaker/writer with whom he collaborated for the project, Sharon Yamato.
    The gallery talk will be followed by a book signing by Honda and Yamato, of the book accompanying the exhibit, "Moving Walls: The Barracks of America's Concentration Camps."

    This event will take place at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center starting at 3:00pm.

    This event is also FREE and open to the public.

    We hope to see you at both events!

    These projects were funded in part by the Wyoming Community Foundation, which connects people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming, and in part through a grant by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

    Exhibit extended through Labor Day weekend!

    "Incarceration in Focus" will continue to be on display through the Labor Day holiday, coming down on Friday, September 8th.

    Come in for your last chance to see this fascinating photography exhibit!

    April - early September 2017

    In 1943, noted landscape photographer Ansel Adams took his camera into the Japanese American concentration camp of Manzanar, in California. Around the same time, Yoshio Okumoto--who had been confined in the Heart Mountain camp--began his own foray into photography. This exhibit explores the work of these two talented artists who shot the same subject, but from very different perspectives. This exhibit is supported in part by an award from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Join us on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Interpretive Center for a film viewing,

    followed by a discussion with filmmakers Ka Wong and Hikari Sugisaki. 

    To learn more about the film and to watch a trailer, click HERE

    To learn more about our event at the museum, click HERE

    Our 6th annual Heart Mountain Pilgrimage was a smashing success!

    Check out our Pilgrimage page for more information

    Heart Mountain Week, April 10-14

    The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation is partnering with Northwest College and the University of Wyoming College of Law to present a whole week of activities and events discussing the Japanese American incarceration experience.

    Spence Law Firm Historic Trial: The Trial of the Heart Mountain Draft Resisters  - Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

    University of Wyoming College of Law, Laramie, Room 178

    This mock trial, argued by students from the UW College of Law, imagines a libel suit brought by draft resister Frank Emi against an editorial writer whom he believes has misrepresented the resistance movement. The trial will also be broadcast live to the Faberberg Building, Room 70, on Northwest College campus in Powell, and to the NWC Cody Center in the Park County Complex in Cody.

    Lessons from Heart Mountain - Tuesday, April 11 at 12:15 p.m.

    University of Wyoming College of Law, Laramie, Room 178

    This panel discussion will center on the history and experiences of people directly affected by Heart Mountain. Panelists include: Grace Kubota Ybarra, former Heart Mountain incarceree; Darrell Kunitomi and Aura Newlin, descendants of incarcerees; and Jack Ybarra, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation board member. The discussion will also be broadcast live to the Intercultural House on the Northwest College campus in Powell, and to the NWC Cody Center in the Park County Complex in Cody. Please RSVP if planning to attend the Powell screening,  (307) 754-6424.

    Parallels of the Past and Present: Exploring Executive Orders - Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

    University of Wyoming College of Law, Laramie, Room 178

    This panel discussion will explore the similarities and differences between 1942 Executive Order 9066 which allowed the internment of targeted groups of people during World War II, and Executive Order 13769 and the subsequent Executive Order 13780 issued by the current presidential administration to limit travel to the U.S. from certain countries. Panelists include Senator Alan K. Simpson and Grace Ybarra Kubota. The discussion will also be broadcast live to the Northwest College Cody Center in the Park County Complex in Cody.

    Remembering Heart Mountain - Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

    Park County Library, Cody, Grizzly Hall

    Heart Mountain Interpretive Center Museum Manager Dakota Russell will give a presentation on the history of the camp, touching on what life was like for the Japanese American incarcerees and how the effects of the incarceration experience still linger today.

    Book Discussion: Free to Die for Their Country - Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

    Powell Branch Library, Powell

    Aura Newlin, board secretary for the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and instructor at Northwest College, will lead a discussion on Eric Muller's "Free to Die for Their Country," a history of the draft resistance movement at Heart Mountain.

    Free Admission at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center - Friday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

    To wrap up Heart Mountain Week, admission to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will be free all day on Friday.

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