Heart Mountain Press Releases

Heart Mountain press releases include announcements about upcoming events, new exhibits, general news about the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, and other important information.

For high-resolution archival and contemporary photographs related to Heart Mountain and more information about the site and organization, consult our Media Kit or contact us at info@heartmountain.org with queries.

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Read through recent and past Heart Mountain press releases below:

Portrait of LaDonna Zall speaking

Farewell to LaDonna Zall

We are saddened to report the passing of Heart Mountain’s curator emeritus, LaDonna Zall. As a young Wyoming girl in 1945, LaDonna looked on as the final train left Heart Mountain, sensing that she was watching history unfold.

Aura Newlin board member and Heart Mountain descendant in sunflower field at Interpretive Center

Aura Sunada-Matsumura Newlin to Receive Shepard Symposium Award

The Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at the University of Wyoming has announced that Aura Sunada-Matsumura Newlin, secretary of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation’s board of directors, will receive their Community Member Award for 2021. The award recognizes dedication to social justice causes in the state of Wyoming. The ceremony will take place during the Shepard Symposium, on Friday, April 16.

Look Toward the Mountain podcast imagery

Heart Mountain launches new podcast: “Look Toward the Mountain”

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.

Heart Mountain Barrack in Bighorn Basin

Heart Mountain and Preservation Commission Seek Volunteers to Find Barracks in Park County

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and the Park County Historic Preservation Commission will host an online workshop on Sunday, November 1, to teach volunteers how to identify and document buildings from the World War II confinement site around Park County.The event will kick off a long term project to catalog all the surviving camp buildings in the county. The workshop will begin at 3 p.m. Participation is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Family Free Day banner image of snowy interpretive center and Heart Mountain

Heart Mountain to Host Family Free Day on November 28

Admission to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will be free on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28. However, in recognition of ongoing coronavirus safety concerns, guests must schedule their visit in advance.

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