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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.

For news related to the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium (JACSC), click here.

Read through recent and past Heart Mountain press releases below:

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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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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.

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Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation to Host Online Event for New Book

In conjunction with the publication of Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation chair Shirley Ann Higuchi’s new book, Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of Japanese American Incarceration, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will host a virtual book talk on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m.

Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Receives NEH CARES Act Grant

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the CARES Act legislation passed to help relieve the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $92,852 grant will help the Foundation to retain staff at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and to expand its online presence through the digitization of artifacts and the development of new online programs.

Heart Mountain to Participate in “America’s Summer Roadtrip” Online Broadcast

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will take part in a new national event, “America’s Summer Roadtrip,” on Saturday, August 1. The online broadcast, created and hosted by The Pursuit of History, promises to take viewers “across the country and through our nation’s history” with 12 live tours of historic sites across the nation.

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Interpretive Center to Fully Reopen on June 20

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will fully reopen for visitors beginning Saturday, June 20. The interpretive center will be open daily, but will be operating on shortened hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The reduced hours reflect the center’s commitment to protecting visitors by implementing additional cleaning measures.

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center Opens by Appointment May 16

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will reopen to visitation by appointment beginning Saturday, May 16. Visitors may now schedule an appointment by clicking here, by emailing us at info@heartmountain.org, or by calling the museum at (307) 754-8000.

Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Cancels 2020 Pilgrimage Event

Due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation has decided to cancel its July 2020 Pilgrimage event. The annual event brings over 350 people, mostly former incarcerees and their families, to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. The interpretive center is located on the site of the former World War II-era Japanese American concentration camp in northwest Wyoming. The 2021 Pilgrimage is scheduled to take place July 22-24.

Interpretive Center to Offer Online Programming During Coronavirus Closure

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will be closed until April 3, in accordance with the public health order issued by Governor Mark Gordon. The hospital grounds, memorial and honor roll, and Setsuko Saito Higuchi Interpretive Trail remain open to the public for self-guided visits and guided tours by appointment. Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation staff will also be offering an exciting variety of online programming during this closure.

Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Coronavirus Response

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation takes the safety of our members and visitors seriously. To that end, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is currently open only by appointment. Bookings are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Email us at info@heartmountain.com, call us at 307.754.8000, or book a time slot online.

Winter Program Series to Highlight Camp’s History (final program online)

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will host three special programs this winter, each examining a different aspect of the history of the Heart Mountain World War II Japanese American confinement site. The center’s executive director, Dakota Russell, will present the programs “Bob Kuwahara: Issei Animator” on Saturday, January 18; “The Ballad of Baby Virgie” on Saturday, February 29; and “Notable Women of Heart Mountain” on Saturday, March 28. All programs will begin at 1 p.m. and are free with museum admission.

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