State History Museum Collecting Items for an Upcoming Exhibit

Have an Item Relating to the WWII Internment of Japanese People? The History Museum Would Like to Scan It.


As humans, we leave little pieces of our history behind in the form of journals, letters, and photographs. As time passes and we can no longer share our own stories, these items offer a snapshot into our minds and hearts.

It’s amazing what can be gleaned from our personal artifacts, and the Washington State History Museum is in the midst of collecting items for an upcoming exhibit that encapsulates the stories of Japanese Americans during WWII and Executive Order 9066 — the one that authorized the internment of tens of thousands of Japanese people.

The museum needs your help to curate this exhibit and is looking for people to bring in photos, letters, documents, drawings, paintings, diaries, journals, flyers, pamphlets, or other scannable items. The collection and scanning process is in collaboration with Densho, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the stories of the World War II-era incarceration of Japanese people.

Museum staff will delicately scan your items on the spot and return them to you along with a thumb drive of your scanned items.

The next collection day is from 3–7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 at the museum, and it is free and open to the public. You can sign up for a timeslot in advance.

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