2024 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage

Mineta-Simpson Institute Grand Opening

July 25-27, 2024

Registration has now closed for this year’s Pilgrimage

Please note:

The Saturday evening Sayonara Banquet is SOLD OUT.
You can sign up for the waitlist by filling out this form HERE.

For any questions about registration, contact Michael McDaniel: michael@heartmountain.org

Have questions or concerns? Please check out our Pilgrimage FAQs Page:

The 2024 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will feature a celebration of the massive milestone that the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and our generous supporters have made possible: the Grand Opening of the Mineta Simpson Institute at Heart Mountain!

The Mineta-Simpson Institute was conceptualized and created in the spirit of the late Norman Mineta and Alan Simpson. Our theme this year is also inspired by these two great men: Courage, Cooperation, & Empathy. 

Join us from July 25th-27th to experience Heart Mountain, connect and reconnect with friends old and new, and be a part of the start of a new chapter at Heart Mountain with the grand opening of the Mineta-Simpson Institute.

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Thursday, July 25

Registration check-in opens on Thursday, July 25th, at the Holiday Inn. Buses will depart from the Holiday Inn to the Heart Mountain Campus. Experience the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and join a guided root cellar tour. 

The afternoon will be filled with a series of workshops, including Cartooning with Willie Ito and the Fudeko Project.   

End the evening with some social time and belt out a tune during the ever-popular Frank Emi Karaoke!

Friday, July 26

The day will begin with the plenary session at the Wynona Thompson Theater, which will include a performance of “Question 27, Question 28,” featuring Tamlyn Tomita and others representing first-hand recollections of women’s wartime incarceration experiences.

The afternoon will be filled with a variety of educational sessions, including an authors panel. Join the Multigenerational Discussion groups later in the afternoon, followed by an Art and Healing Session.

Saturday, July 27

Join us at the Heart Mountain Campus for lunch under the large tent. This day will feature guided tours of the honor roll, hospital, and barrack. We have a special lineup of speakers to celebrate the official grand opening of the Mineta-Simpson Institute. Be some of the first people to see the completed space!

Bring your Pilgrimage weekend to an end by attending the Sayonara Bouquet and participating in the silent auction!



When it opened in 1942, the hospital complex on top of the hill could care for up to 150 patients. The hospital’s boiler house chimney is one of the most iconic structures of the former incarceration site. Explore the medical experiences of incarcerees at this original structure.

Memorial & Honor Roll

The Honor Roll lists all Heart Mountain incarcerees who served in the military during WWII (as well as WWI and the Korean War). After hearing about this structure, participants will have the opportunity to tour the Setsuko Saito Higuchi Memorial Walking Trail, which features images and facts about the original layout of the confinement site.


Learn about life and camp experiences in the barrack setting. This original barrack building was brought back to Heart Mountain in 2015 and has been undergoing restoration work since then.

Sayonara Banquet:

After three days of sharing, learning, discussing, and exploring, enjoy a final evening of socializing by catching up with old friends and solidifying new friendships made throughout the event at a cocktail reception, the Sayonara Banquet, and a dessert buffet!

Please note: The Saturday evening Sayonara Banquet is now SOLD OUT. You can sign up for the waitlist by filling out this form HERE.

General Information:

Travel Information:

Our host hotels in Cody are the Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, and Buffalo Bill Cabins. We have a discounted rate available at all of these locations.

Check out the map below to see the layout of this group of hotels:

***If you plan to stay at any of the above hotels, please call them directly to make your booking and mention that you are attending the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage to take advantage of the discounted rate. If you book online, you will not be able to get the discount.

Please note: we have a block of rooms reserved until May 20 with these hotels. After that time, you may still be able to book a room, but we cannot guarantee availability. We recommend you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Cody, Wyoming has an airport (named Yellowstone Regional Airport—COD) that is served by United Airlines with connecting flights through Denver, CO. The next closest airport is in Billings, Montana, which is approximately 90 minutes away by car. If you’re flying through Billings, you will need to make arrangements to rent a car at that airport as there is no public transportation between Billings and Cody.

For more information regarding travel arrangements for getting to and around Cody and Powell, Wyoming, you can visit www.codyyellowstone.org.

Archives & Collections Donations:

If you are considering bringing artifacts, documents or photographs from camp to the Pilgrimage for donation, please contact us beforehand at info@heartmountain.org or 307-754-8000 

Silent Auction Donations:

The 2024 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage is just over a month away and we are still collecting donations for the silent auction. Perhaps you have a treasure from Japan that you would like to pass on, frequent-flyer miles, a piece of artwork, or an experience to sponsor/offer—any of these items would be greatly appreciated in this year’s auction. 

To donate an item, please email a photo and description of the item to Rebecca McKinley at rebecca@heartmountain.org. Don’t forget to include your contact information! Rebecca will get back to you with additional information. We would like to offer a broad selection of items to make the auction successful. Please help us carry on this worthwhile Pilgrimage tradition. We appreciate your continued support!

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds will be given after the close of registration (July 1, 2024).

Check out previous Heart Mountain Pilgrimages:

2023 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage

2022 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage

2021 Pilgrimage image featuring the Bon Odori festival at Heart Mountain

2021 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage