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Read through recent and past Heart Mountain press releases below:
Dakota Russell, executive director of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, will leave his position May 31 to assume the leadership of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association in Salem, Mass.
Aura Sunada Newlin, secretary of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and descendant of Heart Mountain incarcerees, will take the helm as Interim Executive Director.
In 1942, when 10-year-old Norman Yoshio Mineta was forced from his home in San Jose and incarcerated at the Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming, his own government refused to acknowledge that he was a U.S. citizen. He was called a non-alien. That is why, until he passed away on May 3, 2022 at age 90, he cherished the word citizen.
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is hosting its first Children’s Day Festival on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This community centered event is open to the public with an admission fee of $15 per car.
Emerging from the challenges of the pandemic, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will host its first full in-person pilgrimage in two years. The 2022 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will take place July 28-30, and feature workshops, film screenings, educational sessions, and breaking ground on the Mineta-Simpson Institute at Heart Mountain. Registration for the event is now open to the general public.
Visitors to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center can now experience the historic site in a new way, with a recently launched augmented reality tour. The tour combines stories from Japanese Americans incarcerated at the site during World War II with 3D animations drawn over the present-day landscape. The tour can be accessed via a free smartphone app, “Heart Mountain AR,” available in the Apple and Google Play stores.
In recognition of the 80th anniversary of the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will join with several other organizations– including the Friends of Minidoka, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese American National Museum, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders– on a collaborative virtual National Day of Remembrance program.
The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation recently received both an operating support grant and a programming grant from ThinkWY, the Wyoming Humanities Council. These grants, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, were created to help humanities organizations respond to and recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Foundation will use the grant funds to continue publication of its successful quarterly magazine and to offer professional development opportunities for Wyoming educators.
After a hiatus in 2021, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will again host its annual Winter Program Series during the months of January, February, and April. Heart Mountain staff will present three programs: “In the Northern Country” on January 29; “Disability and Displacement” February 26; and “Faith at Heart Mountain” on April 2. All programs will begin at 1 pm. Programs are open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.