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Social and recreational activities

Japanese Americans found ways to fill the long days created by the enforced idleness of camp life. They made jewelry from shells found in the desert, built furniture for their rooms using scrap lumber and renovated the exteriors of their barracks. People also played cards, chess, checkers, mahjongg, and the Japanese games 'go' and 'shogi.' Camp inmates held dances, concerts, plays, and arts and crafts exhibitions. In Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, they even held a beauty contest to select the "Sweetheart of Minidoka."

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Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp


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Swimming facility of Poston Camp II (ddr-csujad-55-1868)
doc Swimming facility of Poston Camp II (ddr-csujad-55-1868)
Essay describing the construction and use of the swimming facilities at Poston incarceration camp. Includes black and white photographs. From the Poston II Reunion Program. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1871
Sentinel supplement, series 72 (May 19, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1057)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 72 (May 19, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1057)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on recruitment of Japanese language instructors, postal services, YWCA conference, shoes, and volleyball. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1059
Sentinel supplement, series 71 (May 18, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1056)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 71 (May 18, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1056)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on coal, shoes, job placement, volleyball, YWCA conference, conditions in Nebraska, girl scouts, and sports schedules. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1058
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 16 (September 24, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-650)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 16 (September 24, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-650)
General information bulletin, series 16, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on September 24, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: First report beet farms in Wyoming, Montana; Wyoming Governor visits Heart Mountain; Statement on compensation released; Block administrators, Chairmen listed; Dramatic classes to be held bi-weekly; …
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, special meeting, April 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-556)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, special meeting, April 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-556)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on community enterprises. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0558
Sentinel supplement, series 51 (March 30, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1043)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 51 (March 30, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1043)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on a ban on private practice for barbers and beauticians, shoe repair, sumo, a dance event, and employment. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1045
Memo from Boy Scout staff, Boy Scouts of America, Heart Mountain District, to Mr. Shoji Nagumo, February 10, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-685)
doc Memo from Boy Scout staff, Boy Scouts of America, Heart Mountain District, to Mr. Shoji Nagumo, February 10, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-685)
Memorandum of understanding from the Boy Scouts of America staff to Shoji Nagumo regarding an invitation to attend the Boy Scouts of America Court of Honor on February 12, 1943. "Rec. Dept. Form no. 12." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0687
Girls Scouts membership card for Taeko Ono at Poston, Arizona (ddr-csujad-55-140)
doc Girls Scouts membership card for Taeko Ono at Poston, Arizona (ddr-csujad-55-140)
Card for Taeko Ono's membership in Girls Scouts Troop 3 at Poston incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0142
Sentinel supplement, series 36 (February 25, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1031)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 36 (February 25, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1031)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information about registration ("loyalty questionnaire") and block elections. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1033
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Tsuruyama, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-689)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Tsuruyama, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-689)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Tsuruyama, regarding his speech on story of Shanghai at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes handwritten comments in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0691
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 21 (October 3, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-654)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 21 (October 3, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-654)
General information bulletin, series 21, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 3, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Heart Mountain High School opens Tuesday; Break in water pipe repaired; Heart Mountain court site picked; Schedule of religious services; Weekday activities; Memorial services to be …
Sentinel supplement, series 108 (August 5, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1085)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 108 (August 5, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1085)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on CAA certificate renewals, geologist talk, police warnings, USO schedule, track and railroad work, sports announcements, and employment opportunities. Includes Japanese text. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Sentinel supplement, series 53 (April 6, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1044)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 53 (April 6, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1044)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on employment, private property stored in Los Angeles, clothing allowances, lectures sponsored by the Buddhist church, the hospitalization of three children, and construction. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Photograph, programs, and invitation to children's recreation events at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1465)
img Photograph, programs, and invitation to children's recreation events at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1465)
Scrapbook page containing a photograph, invitation, and two programs for children's recreational events at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes programs for Japanese Girl Scouts and Hinamatsuri, a photograph of the Sumio wrestling ring, and an invitation to the Girl Scout event. For programs see sac_jaac_1468 and sac_jaac_1469. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, …
Easter special sale (ddr-csujad-55-42)
doc Easter special sale (ddr-csujad-55-42)
Advertisement for an "Easter Special" sale of dry goods at the Rohwer incarceration camp. Advertisement features home goods, clothing, plants, and supplies and includes prices and illustrations. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00046
Community wide Halloween party (ddr-csujad-55-711)
doc Community wide Halloween party (ddr-csujad-55-711)
Planning document for a Halloween party at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Outlines responsibilities for individuals and groups assisting with decorations, refreshments, games, and maintenance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0713
Christmas Day program at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1456)
doc Christmas Day program at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1456)
Scrapbook page containing a program for a Christmas play presented by German internees at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 105. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1458
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Mukushina, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-699)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Mukushina, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-699)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Mukushina, regarding his speech on boys psychology at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0701
Masako Adachi scrapbook (ddr-csujad-55-1950)
doc Masako Adachi scrapbook (ddr-csujad-55-1950)
Scrapbook containing programs, invitations, notes, ephemera, greeting cards, administrative documents, postcards, clippings, tickets, and sewing patterns documenting Masako Adachi's day-to-day activities at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1953
American Junior Red Cross membership card for Taeko Ono (ddr-csujad-55-146)
doc American Junior Red Cross membership card for Taeko Ono (ddr-csujad-55-146)
Membership card for Taeko Ono in the American Junior Red Cross. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0148
Boy Scouts (ddr-csujad-55-1459)
img Boy Scouts (ddr-csujad-55-1459)
Scrapbook page containing five black and white photographs of Boy Scouts at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 108. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1461
Sentinel supplement, series 59 (April 22, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1048)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 59 (April 22, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1048)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on "cleanup week," holy communion schedule, dry goods sale, a Rho conference, and softball. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1050
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 27 (October 17, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-659)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 27 (October 17, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-659)
General information bulletin, series 27, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 17, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: City planning boar formed; Church services in permanent locale; Religious activities; Week-day activities; Civilians, soldiers visitors here; Issue mackinaw jackets to workers; Payment of sales tax …
May Day (ddr-csujad-55-1475)
img May Day (ddr-csujad-55-1475)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs of the German May Day celebration at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 118. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Song sheet with lyrics (ddr-csujad-55-1970)
doc Song sheet with lyrics (ddr-csujad-55-1970)
Song sheet including lyrics to twenty-two popular songs. From the Masako Adachi scrapbook, page 17. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1973
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