Not For Sale: Preserving and Sharing a Community Collection (photo of young girls in Japanese Incarceration camp)

Day of Remembrance 2020

Not for Sale: Preserving and Sharing a Community Collection

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
6:00pm - 6:45pm – Pre-discussion exhibition viewing
6:45pm – 8:00pm – Panel discussion

February 19 is the Day of Remembrance, the annual recognition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Join us to observe Day of Remembrance with a very special conversation, exploring how museums have collected objects and told the story of Japanese incarceration over time.

Who has the power to collect objects for a museum and from whom? What if they are obtained from marginalized or incarcerated persons? How does this power dynamic effect the collection? How can communities come together to reclaim their heritage? These are a few of the questions that will be explored. 

Speakers include: 

  • Clement Hanami, curator at the Japanese American National Museum
  • Shirley Ann Higuchi, foundation chair, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation
  • Nancy Ukai, project director, 50 Objects 
  • David Inoue, executive director, Japanese American Citizens League
  • Floyd Mori, board member, National Japanese American Memorial Foundation
  • Moderated by Ann Burroughs, president and CEO, Japanese American National Museum

This conversation will be accompanied by a travelling pop-up exhibition of "Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection." The exhibition was curated by the Japanese American National Museum, curator Clement Hamani will be on site to answer questions. The exhibition will be on view that day at the museum as well as immediately before the discussion. The Museum thanks the Japanese American National Museum for bringing this exhibit to share with our local audiences.

This event is FREE. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

Please Note: Registering to the Eventbrite does NOT guarantee you a seat. It will help us send an e-mail reminder about the event.

Not for Sale: Preserving and Sharing a Community Collection was made possible by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation and Japanese American Veterans Association


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