Professional Development for Teachers

The WWII Japanese American Internment Museum at McGehee will offer a Professional Development Workshop on Monday, June 27. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a working lunch. Participants will receive six hours of credit and will need to sign-up through the Educational Coop in Monticello, phone # 870-367-6848.

Contest Open to Students

a - flyerGo For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC), a nonprofit organization that exists to preserve the legacy of Japanese American WWII veterans through education, is again sponsoring a Student Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest. The contest is open to high school students (grades 9-12) and college students (undergraduate and graduate). Cash prizes will be awarded to a total of sixteen winners: $1,000 (each) to the top six winners. Plus, the top thirty qualified winners will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the 15th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner this fall at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles. At this gala dinner, the winners will be able to meet the Japanese American WWII veterans whom they researched about! They will also be treated to an Awards Brunch the following day. Click HERE for more details.

Rohwer Cemetery Work Receives Award

Johanna Miller LewisRestoration work at the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center Cemetery was recognized on January 9, 2015 at the annual Arkansas Preservation Awards sponsored by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. The event recognizes important work being done throughout Arkansas to preserve and protect places of historical or cultural importance.

The cemetery, the last physical remnant of the World War II camp, received Honorable Mention for Excellence in Preservation Through Restoration. The two most iconic monuments at the cemetery, the Monument to the Rohwer Dead and the Monument to the 100th Battalion, were restored through a National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis, project director at UALR, accepted the award on behalf of the project team, including WER Architects/Planners and Kinco Constructors.

Read details about this and other awards recognizing Arkansans’ work to preserve distinctive historic places in this Event Program.

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas is the only statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Arkansas’s architectural and cultural heritage. For more information about the Alliance, or photos of the projects contact Vanessa at 501-372-4757,, or visit

Excursion: Fertile Ground

The Delta (Photograph: Sara Edwards Neal)

The Delta
(Photograph: Sara Edwards Neal)

In the article, “Excursion: Fertile Ground,” AY Magazine explores points of interest in the Arkansas Delta, ranging from local businesses to historical sites. AY includes the Rowher Relocation Center Memorial Cemetery on its list of historical sites to visit, describing it as, “…a poignant reminder of one of this nation’s greatest trespasses against its own people….” To view the article, please click here.

George Takei on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

CC8B936A-2EDC-46DC-A722-9C00349987D7George Takei recently appeared on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” to discuss his new documentary, To Be Takei. To listen to the interview, please click here.

George Takei on The Daily Show

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.59.07 AMGeorge Takei recently appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss the documentary, To Be Takei. To Be Takei, an Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of George Takei’s life, from his family’s internment at the Rohwer Japanese internment camp to his time working on Star Trek, and much more. George’s interview with Jon Stewart focuses on his experience at Rohwer. To view the interview, please click here.

Why I Love a Country that Once Betrayed Me

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 2.37.41 PMWhen he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy. This talk, “Why I Love a Country that Once Betrayed Me,” was presented to a local audience at TEDxKyoto, an independent event.

A Conversation with Sharon Wong and Tim Taira

Left to right: Mrs. Tim Taira, Mr. Tim Taira, Mrs. Sharon Wong, Mr. Wong

Left to right: Mrs. Tim Taira, Mr. Tim Taira, Mrs. Sharon Wong, Mr. Wong

On April 15, 2014, Tiffany Keb and Alyson Gill interviewed Sharon Wong, a former Jerome internee born in the Jerome hospital, and Mr. Tim Taira, a former Jerome and Rohwer internee whose father was a physician in the Rohwer hospital. We will be posting those interview on the website over the coming days. It was an honor to speak with them, and we look forward to continuing those conversations.

Solo Exhibition by Nancy Chikaraishi (Drury University)

10153923_739656492732316_1249161382_nNancy Chikaraishi, associate professor of Architecture at Drury University (Springfield, MO) will feature her artwork at the museum for three months beginning April 16th and ending July 16th. Her parents were internees at Rohwer. Her solo exposition features artwork of the Japanese American struggle in the Camps.

An interview with the artist is posted here.

Professional Development for Teachers Scheduled for June 30, 2014

The World War II Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee will conduct a Professional Development Workshop on Monday, June 30, 2014. The event will start at 9:00 a.m. In cooperation with McGehee Schools, participants will travel to the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center site for a more indepth understanding of the camp. For information, contact Susan Gallion,

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