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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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Photograph of Elizabeth Moxley and a young boy at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-284)
img Photograph of Elizabeth Moxley and a young boy at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-284)
Photograph of Elizabeth Moxley and a young boy in front of a building at Manzanar incarceration camp. A table with a picnic tablecloth is behind them. The house has a ladder leaning on it. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0433
Photograph of a women leaning against a boulder in a rock field near Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-308)
img Photograph of a women leaning against a boulder in a rock field near Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-308)
Photograph of a women leaning against a boulder in a rock field near the Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0459
Photograph of a group of people at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-305)
img Photograph of a group of people at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-305)
Photograph of a group of people near the Manzanar incarceration camp at a hospital staff picnic. There are three women, two children and two men in the photograph. In the background is a picnic basket and trees. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0454
Photograph of a army soldier standing in front of trees (ddr-csujad-47-115)
img Photograph of a army soldier standing in front of trees (ddr-csujad-47-115)
Photograph of an army guard from the shoulders up standing in front of trees, presumed to be taken in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0200
Photograph of Thelma McBride and Blanche Woodall at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-280)
img Photograph of Thelma McBride and Blanche Woodall at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-280)
Photograph of Thelma McBride and Blanche Woodall resting on a blanket at Manzanar incarceration camp at a hospital staff picnic. Another group of people can be seen in the upper right corner. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0429
Photograph of four people next to Harmony Borax Works equipment in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-126)
img Photograph of four people next to Harmony Borax Works equipment in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-126)
Photograph of four people, including L. Josephine Hawes, standing next to Harmony Borax Works equipment in Death Valley National Park. A mountain range in visible in the distance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0211
Photograph of the crest of Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Lakes, California (ddr-csujad-47-91)
img Photograph of the crest of Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Lakes, California (ddr-csujad-47-91)
Photograph of the crest of Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Lakes, California. A number of trees can be seen on the cliffs surrounding the water fall as well as bushes above the crest. Mammoth Crest can be seen in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0170
Photograph of a woman posing in front of a Joshua tree at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-176)
img Photograph of a woman posing in front of a Joshua tree at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-176)
Photograph of a woman posing on top of a rock next to a Joshua tree in the landscaped island of a traffic circle in the staff housing section of Manzanar incarceration camp. Multiple buildings can be seen behind her as well as the Sierra Nevada. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Photograph of three people standing at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-123)
img Photograph of three people standing at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-123)
Photograph of two women and a man standing at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0208
Photograph of a group of people holding snow balls on the side of a mountain with a snowman (ddr-csujad-47-296)
img Photograph of a group of people holding snow balls on the side of a mountain with a snowman (ddr-csujad-47-296)
Photograph of a group of people holding snow balls on the side of a mountain with a snowman near the Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0445
Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes, Mrs. Chamberlain and an army guard in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-97)
img Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes, Mrs. Chamberlain and an army guard in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-97)
Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes, Theo Chamberlain and an army guard in Death Valley. The shadow of the photographer can be seen in the lower right corner. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0180
Photograph of Ned Morioka posing in front of a store front (ddr-csujad-47-140)
img Photograph of Ned Morioka posing in front of a store front (ddr-csujad-47-140)
Photograph of Ned Morioka posing in front of a storefront wearing an uniform with a hat. Advertisements can be seen in the glass. The photograph is signed, "To Miss Hawes, Love Ned." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0225
Photograph of four women in front of standing water at Bad Water in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-100)
img Photograph of four women in front of standing water at Bad Water in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-100)
Photograph of four women standing in front of the water at Bad Water in Death Valley National Park. L. Josephine Hawes and Theo Chamberlain are two of the four women. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0183
Photograph of the Merritt family surrounding a car in Titus Canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-143)
img Photograph of the Merritt family surrounding a car in Titus Canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-143)
Photograph of the Merritt family and L. Josephine Hawes surrounding a car in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0228
Photograph of Ned Morioka posing in front of a store front (ddr-csujad-47-139)
img Photograph of Ned Morioka posing in front of a store front (ddr-csujad-47-139)
Photograph of Ned Morioka posing in front of a storefront wearing an army-style jacket and hat. Advertisements can be seen in the glass. The photograph is signed, "To Miss Hawes, Love Ned." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0224
Photograph of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-149)
img Photograph of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-149)
Colorized photograph of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park. The Panamint range is in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0238
Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-94)
img Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-94)
Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley. The Panamint range can be seen in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0173
Photograph of Cleo and Pete Merritt standing on a short wall at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-144)
img Photograph of Cleo and Pete Merritt standing on a short wall at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-144)
Photograph of Cleo and Pete Merritt standing on a short wall at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0229
Photograph of two people standing at Zabriske Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-114)
img Photograph of two people standing at Zabriske Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-114)
Photograph of two people standing at the lookout at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park. One of the individuals is an army guard. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0199
Photograph of Edna Anderson, L. Josephine Hawes, Eleanor Thomas and Elizabeth Moxley at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-288)
img Photograph of Edna Anderson, L. Josephine Hawes, Eleanor Thomas and Elizabeth Moxley at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-288)
Photograph of Edna Anderson, L. Josephine Hawes, Eleanor Thomas and Elizabeth Moxley sitting under a stand of trees near Manzanar incarceration camp at a hospital staff picnic. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0437
Photograph of two women standing and sitting on a gate at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-182)
img Photograph of two women standing and sitting on a gate at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-182)
Photograph of Martha Shoaf standing in front of a gate with another woman sitting on top of the gate. Martha is holding a bundle of fabric. The background are several bare trees and the Sierra Nevada. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0308
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, April 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-447)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, April 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-447)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes report from Relocation Committee and discussion on recreation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0449
Sentinel supplement, series 69 (May 14, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1055)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 69 (May 14, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1055)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on jobs and farming. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1057
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, April 11, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-550)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, April 11, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-550)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on leave clearance, "relocation," recreation, and administration. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0552
Rohwer Club Council (Program) (ddr-csujad-55-1939)
doc Rohwer Club Council (Program) (ddr-csujad-55-1939)
Program outlining the development of a central council for social and recreational clubs at Rohwer incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1942
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