Dakota Russell, Museum Manager for the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, will present a historical overview of the “Heart Mountain Relocation Center,” 6:30 p.m., Wed. April 12.
The “Heart Mountain Relocation Center” was built to house Japanese and Japanese Americans who were removed from the West Coast during the first year of World War II. Internees arrived in Wyoming in August of 1942.
The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center was created by Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. Its mission is to:
- Preserve and memorialize the Heart Mountain World War II Japanese American Confinement Site and the stories that symbolize the fragility of democracy;
- Educate the public about the history of the illegal imprisonment of Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain during World War II and its impact on the Big Horn Basin; and
- Support inquiry, research, and outreach to highlight the lessons of the Japanese American confinement and their relevance to the preservation of liberty and civil rights for all Americans today.
— Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Okumoto Collection photo credit