“Only the Oaks Remain”—Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition exhibit on tour

From October 7 to December 4, 1916, Only the Oaks Remain: The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Traveling Exhibit will be at the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, San Diego History Center – Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado #2, San Diego, CA 92101. On December 10 it will travel to the Japanese American National Museum until April 9, 2017, (Japanese American National Museum, 101 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Plans are being made to visit many more cities in the future. More information about the exhibit and scheduled showings can be found at the TCDS Coalition website.

Exhibit planning began in June 2015, when the San Fernando Valley Japanese Community Center, Pacoima, California, and the Community Center’s Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition received $102,190. from the National Park Service, which administers grants from the Japanese Confinement Sites Grants Program. The grant funded development of a museum-quality traveling exhibit to tell the story of the former Tuna Canyon Detention Station in Tujunga, California. Only the Oaks Remain: The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Traveling Exhibit, includes the names of the more than 2,000 people of Japanese, Italian, German, and Japanese-Peruvian descent detained at Tuna Canyon, along with brief biographies of several detainees. Large story boards detail the Enemy Alien Control Program and the secret program in Latin America, called the Special War Problems Division.