The interpretive center is open Wednesday – Saturday
HOURS: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Masks are required when visiting the interpretive center, in accordance with the Park County mask mandate. Masks are available upon request.
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Our brand new podcast, Look Toward the Mountain, tells the stories of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at Heart Mountain. Told...
Our brand new podcast, Look Toward the Mountain, tells the stories of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at Heart Mountain. Told through a combination of archival recordings, written accounts, and contemporary interviews, each episode delves into specific topics demonstrating the innovation, creativity, and resilience that enabled the Japanese American community to endure this unjust ordeal.
Episodes are published on a weekly basis.
Application deadline: March 1st. Apply here The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation invites teachers of grades 5-12 from around the country...
The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation invites teachers of grades 5-12 from around the country to spend a week of summer 2021 learning about the Japanese American incarceration online. Beginning with the stories of the first immigrants from Japan, the workshop will take participants through the Pearl Harbor attack and wartime hysteria that followed, to the incarceration, and eventually to the apology and redress payments by the federal government in 1988. Teachers will be guided in developing dynamic lessons using primary and secondary source materials such as digitized artifacts, oral histories, and newspapers.
This National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop will be offered twice: June 21-25 and July 19-23, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and engage with the local culture. Participants of both sessions can also participate in the annual pilgrimage of former World War II incarcerees and their family members to the Heart Mountain confinement site which will also be virtual. Please indicate your preference and availability on your application due March 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status on March 26, 2021. Successful applicants will have until April 2, 2021 to accept or decline.
Some of our sessions will be broadcast live from the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center; the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation is the institutional host. The workshop will also work with two local museums: the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody and the Homesteader Museum in Powell.
Happy holidays to our Heart Mountain family! In this special seasonal program, enjoy a New Year's haiku recital from Museum Manager...
Happy holidays to our Heart Mountain family! In this special seasonal program, enjoy a New Year's haiku recital from Museum Manager Cally Steussy, a video essay on Camp Santa by Executive Director Dakota Russell, and holiday greetings from members of the Heart Mountain leadership.
Images Courtesy of the National Archives; George & Frank Hirahara Collection, Washington State University; Jack Richard Collection, Buffalo Bill Center of the West; the Nishiura Family; and Estelle Ishigo Collection, UCLA Libraries.
This week, registrar Brandon Daake explores the story of professional artists at Heart Mountain through pieces in the Foundation's collection....
This week, we'll be exploring the arts at Heart Mountain. Executive director Dakota Russell kicks things off with this program...
Join museum manager Cally Steussy on a guided tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center's exhibit on the redress movement and...
The camp's story has spurred contemporary artists to reflect on this history through their own music. In this special performance,...
Discover stories of young Japanese Americans who were uprooted from their communities and removed to live behind barbed wire during...
Discover stories of young Japanese Americans who were uprooted from their communities and removed to live behind barbed wire during World War II. Examine powerful stories of high school students living in these confinement sites through the lens of primary sources and how some of these students eventually served our country and even died in conflict.
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center staff collaborated with The National WWII Museum to produce this two-part student webinar. Check out the two episodes and then explore the From Barbed Wire to Battlefield web pages.
Health & Safety Protocols: The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation takes the safety of our members and visitors seriously. To that...
Health & Safety Protocols: The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation takes the safety of our members and visitors seriously. To that end, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will follow all the orders and recommendations made by state and local officials. We have instituted aggressive new cleaning procedures and changed some of the ways we operate to minimize the risk.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK
Park County officials have issued a mask mandate for our area of the state. In accordance with this, all visitors must wear face masks and observe social distancing measures while in the interpretive center, for the health and safety of themselves and others. Masks are available for use, upon request.
- Please note: The interpretive center closes at 4:00pm every day.
- The hospital grounds, memorial and honor roll, and Setsuko Saito Higuchi Interpretive Trail remain open for self-guided exploration.
- All events and programs at the center have been canceled for the foreseeable future. We have been offering an array of digital programs and content. Click here to explore our online programming.
- We will continue to provide updates on future events throughout the next few months. For the latest information, follow Heart Mountain on Facebook and Twitter.
- The 2020 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage was canceled. In lieu of an-person pilgrimage, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation collaborated with Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and other organizations to create a nine-week virtual pilgrimage. Check out the incredible array of discussions, talks, films, and programs from this summer of community events HERE. Please visit our Pilgrimage page for updates on the 2021 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage.
- Please refer to the COVID-19 page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the latest updates on the pandemic and guidance on dealing with this physically, psychologically, and logistically.
Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these uncertain times. If you have questions, please reach out to us. If you would like to support our work during this difficult period, please consider becoming a member or making a donation or a purchase from our online store.