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This event is FREE but we ask that people interested in attending

reserve a spot by clicking HERE

2017 Holiday Open House!

On Saturday, December 9 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, we had a fun day filled with warmth, goodies, crafts, films,

and more including FREE ADMISSION!

In addition to seeing our permanent exhibits, visitors were able to see SANTA, and to participate in

activities including origami crafting, ornament making, haiku writing, and notecard painting,

as well as a special screening of "Moving Walls" a film about the Heart Mountain barracks and the

homesteaders who made them into homes.

Along with homemade baked goods and Japanese tea, treats, drinks,

and art instruction was provided by Gestalt Studios of Powell; all free of charge!

Specials included discounted memberships, door prizes, and Winter Programming Season Passes.


We had an amazing concert in our original Heart Mountain Barrack in October! Musicians Kishi Bashi, Julian Saporiti, and Erin Aoyama performed in the special setting of the barrack as well as a concert at Northwest College the night before.

Check out our Facebook page for photos and videos HERE


"Moving Walls: Heart Mountain Barracks in the Bighorn Basin" Exhibit!

Our new exhibit "Moving Walls: Heart Mountain Barracks in the Bighorn Basin" is now open.
Come for a visit to see these breathtaking photographs and learn about how the barracks were used by local homesteaders after the confinement site closed.

Visit our Temporary Exhibits page to find out more!


Short films produced at the 2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage available for viewing!

The Spoken Word/Video Workshop at this year's Pilgrimage provided powerful vehicles to tell stories of participants

with particular stories to tell. Look at these incredible short films on our YouTube channel here: 


2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage Spoken Word/Video Workshop short films



Heart Mountain Pilgrimage in the News

The Washington Post has produced a thoughtful and moving piece featuring views of the Heart Mountain

Interpretive Center, our National Historic Landmark Site, all while delving deeper into the epic friendship of

Norm Mineta and Al Simpson.

Watch the segment here:

An epic political and personal bond, forged behind barbed wire

The Today Show aired a segment that was produced by Tom Brokaw and NBC crew who came to Wyoming to cover

the 2017 Pilgrimage. Including interviews with Pilgrimage participants, former incarcerees, and long-time supporters

of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, this was a great piece reflecting the important anniversary

of 75 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066.

Watch the segment here: 


Revisiting a Shameful Chapter in US History: Japanese American Internment


Tom Brokaw also wrote on Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, which you can view here:

Tom Brokaw: Friends Across Barbed Wire and Politics

Our local media covered the event, producing excellent pieces about the people, events, speakers,

and interactions that all came together to create a memorable Pilgrimage.

Read the articles written by Don Cogger of the Powell Tribune here:

Pilgrimage feature, Part 1

Pilgrimage feature, Part 2

LaDonna Zall honored at Pilgrimage

Read the article written by Buzzy Hassrick of the Cody Enterprise here:

Japanese Americans share memories at Pilgrimage




2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage

American Self: 75 Years After EO 9066


The 2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage was a wonderful event, which provided many opportunities to reconnect.

It's not too early to plan for next year, taking place on July 27 & 28, 2018.

Watch this space, our social media pages, your inboxes, and your mailboxes

for more information in the coming months!


HMWF Chair Shirley Ann Higuchi Writes About the Current Relevance of Japanese American Incarceration


"Racism, under whatever justification its supporters can find, is still racism. It goes against what makes us all Americans. There is no racial or religious test for being an American. We should not start one now."


"Setsuko Saito was my mother. My parents met at Heart Mountain. Without 9066, I would not be here. Still, it’s my hope that no future American families will be formed in this way, because our nation’s leaders did not resist the easy call of racism and overreaction."

- History News Network



Help Us Save History


We rescued an original Heart Mountain Barrack from demolition and brought it back. But there is still much to do. 

Please help us stabilize and preserve this important Historic Structure!



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