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Memories of Imprisonment: A Talk by Sam Mihara

Join us on

Thursday, September 14th at 12:00pm – 1:00pm

for a presentation by former Heart Mountain incarceree Sam Mihara

The talk will be followed by a signing of his book Blindsided: The Life and Times of Sam Mihara.


When Sam Mihara was 9 years old, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. Shortly after, Sam and his family were forced from their San Francisco home by armed military guards and sent to the Heart Mountain prison camp in Wyoming. They would live crowded into a single 20 x 20 square foot room for the next 3 years. Today, at 90-years-young, Sam is the only camp survivor who tours nationally and internationally speaking about this dark time in our history. Over 90,000 people have heard Sam’s story detailing the diculties he, his family and other Japanese Americans faced before, during and after the imprisonment.

The program opens with photographs from renowned photographer Dorothea Lange and the Mihara family collection that vividly highlight the hate Sam’s family and other Japanese Americans experienced just before and after the December 7, 1941, attack. Sam explains how the decision was made to remove and imprison only Japanese people from the West Coast, and not Germans or Italians. He describes in detail the conditions in the prison camp—from the imsy barracks where prisoners lived to the security system designed to assure no prisoners escaped. He goes on to talk about how the prisoners were released just before the end of the war.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


This event has been made possible through the support of Wyoming Humanities.

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