The Society for Historical Archaeology Features Three Presentations on Internment Camps

A conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology held in Seattle, WA during January 7-10, 2015, had three different presentations about WW II internment camps. “Dark Shadows of the Homefront: Crystal City and Internment During World War II,” by Carroll J. Scogin-Brincefield, “Hygiene, Masculinity, and Imprisonment: The Archaeology of Japanese Internees at Idaho’s Kooskia Internment Camp,” […]

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Former Internees See First Screening of “Children of Internment” in Hollywood

Former internees, families, and friends converged at the Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, on January 27, 2014, to see the first screening of the documentary, Children of Internment, by Kristina Wagner and Joe Crump. The documentary examines the Alien Enemy Control Program through interviews with former internees, authors, historians, and children of former camp staff. Newsreel clips, […]

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plaque with historical information about the Crystal City, TX Family Internment Camp

Crystal City Family Internment Camp Placed on National Register of Historic Places

On August 1, 2014, the Crystal City Family Internment Camp, which housed thousands of internees of German and Japanese ethnicity from 1942-1948, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to the efforts of William McWhorter, Program Coordinator, Military Sites Program, History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission. He and his group were also responsible […]

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NPS Study Honouliuli

National Park Service News Release Release Date: May 22, 2014 Contacts: PaulDePrey, Superintendent, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, (808)266-0826 Barbara Butler, Study Lead, (415) 623-2311 Draft Special Resource Study Identifies Honouliuli Internment Camp for Potential Inclusion in National Park System Meetings Scheduled for May 27-June 17 to Give the Public an Opportunity to Comment on […]

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HR 1425 Reported out of U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

The German American Internee Coalition is thrilled that on October 21, 2009, the Wartime Treatment Study Act made a huge step toward passage when it was reported favorably out of the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. The bipartisan vote was 19-7, including two Republicans. With this action, HR 1425 is now set for passage […]

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Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Issues Day of Remembrance Letter

On February 4, 2009, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) issued its annual Day of Remembrance letter to Day of Remembrance participants. The concluding paragraph of the letter states: It has been over two decades since the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 in which Congress and the president recognized the egregious […]

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Tuna Canyon Detention Station (TCDS) Coalition Hosts First Multicultural Panel, “Discovering History in Your Own Backyard,”

On March 30, 2014, the Tuna Canyon Detention Station (TCDS) Coalition hosted its first multicultural panel, “Discovering History in Your Own Backyard,” at 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima, CA. Sigrid Toye, Min Tonai, Reverend Dr. Yoshi Tsuyuki, and Grace Shimizu, descendants of Japanese and German Americans and Japanese Peruvians incarcerated at TCDS, told their personal stories. Ms Toye […]

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Crystal City, TX Internment Site Archeological Survey

April 2013—William McWhorter, historian with the Texas Historical Commission, reports: “The Texas Historical Commission’s archeological survey of two sites of the former Crystal City (Family) Internment Camp was conducted between April 15-19 of this year [2013]. Last month, our contractor Hicks and Co. completed their final report. … I regret we found next to nothing […]

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Internment Presentation at Kurt Vonnegut Library in Indianapolis

On January 26, 2013, Eb Fuhr (Palatine IL), Frances Ott Allen (Cinncinnati, OH), Alfred Wohlpart (Oak Ridge, TN), and Anneliese Krauter (McCordsville, IN) told a rapt audience at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, about the experiences they and their families had as declared enemy aliens in WW II. An audience of around 150 people attended the event, hosted […]

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Crystal City Internment Camp Interpretive Panels Dedicated

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:30 P.M., eight new interpretive panels about the Crystal City, TX Internment Camp and the people kept there, were dedicated at the site. The Texas Historical Commission, Zavala County officials, the city of Crystal City, and former internees joined together for a ceremony commemorating the history of the camp and […]

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