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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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1115 items
Speakers list for the block and date (ddr-csujad-55-996)
doc Speakers list for the block and date (ddr-csujad-55-996)
List of speakers with block numbers and dates at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0998
Sentinel supplement, series 34 (February 23, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1029)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 34 (February 23, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1029)
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"), electricity conservation, shoe repair, barber, beautician, and track worker jobs, a visit from Milwaukee relocation officer, and outside employment interviews. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California …
Donations and expenses (ddr-csujad-55-715)
doc Donations and expenses (ddr-csujad-55-715)
List of donations and expenses, most likely related to theater productions at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0717
Sentinel supplement, series 87 (June 22, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1067)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 87 (June 22, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1067)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on a California bill regarding idle farm equipment, schools, theater, and meetings. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1069
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, November 27, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-326)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, November 27, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-326)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on coal, personal property, community enterprises, and resignation of chairman. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0328
Sentinel supplement, series 76 (May 25, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1059)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 76 (May 25, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1059)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on job offers for Nisei at Army posts, employment opportunities, vocational training, nursery schools, and attorney examinations. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Sentinel supplement, series 98 (July 13, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1076)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 98 (July 13, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1076)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on the arrival of Camp Savage recruiters, a pre-announcement on the WRA segregation program, water conservation, sports briefs, meeting notices, and Buddhist services. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Sentinel supplement, series 127 (September 22, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1093)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 127 (September 22, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1093)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on a carnival, bowling alley jobs, film screenings, and other employment opportunities. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1095
Senior banquet, Class of '44 (ddr-csujad-55-1843)
doc Senior banquet, Class of '44 (ddr-csujad-55-1843)
Program for the Senior Banquet for the class of 1944 at Poston incarceration camp. Includes menu, poem, program schedule, and acknowledgements. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1846
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, February 4, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-413)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, February 4, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-413)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes reports from the Recreation Department, Carpenters Club, and trustees. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0415
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, September 2, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-467)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, September 2, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-467)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on labor shortage, private enterprise, and youth organizations. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0469
Sentinel supplement, series 81 (June 8, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1062)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 81 (June 8, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1062)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on the results of a sanitation and cleanliness competition, commencement rehearsals, radio and arms sales, claims, coal, contraband, warning to drivers, sports, and a statement discouraging letters from incarcerees to the Chicago WRA office. …
Sentinel supplement, series 77 (May 26, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1060)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 77 (May 26, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1060)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on employment opportunities including healthcare and agriculture, first shipment of cameras, a weightlifting meet, temporary housing, and blackout signals. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Mimori, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-708)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Mimori, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-708)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Mr. Mimori regarding his speech on literature at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0710
Song sheet with lyrics (ddr-csujad-55-1942)
doc Song sheet with lyrics (ddr-csujad-55-1942)
List of songs and lyrics for six songs, probably from the "Let's Sing" program at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See also sac_jaac_1943 through sac_jaac_1948. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1945
Letter from Dale Morioka, Block Club Coordinator, Heart Mountain, to Miss Hisako Hayakawa, March 31, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-719)
doc Letter from Dale Morioka, Block Club Coordinator, Heart Mountain, to Miss Hisako Hayakawa, March 31, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-719)
Correspondence from Dale Morioka to Hisako Hayakawa regarding clubs and programming at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0721
Symphonie konzert (ddr-csujad-55-1472)
doc Symphonie konzert (ddr-csujad-55-1472)
Program for the Symphony Concert directed by Max Lasar at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 115. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1474
Sentinel supplement, series 100 (July 20, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1079)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 100 (July 20, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1079)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on a long-distance phone call ban, receipts, beauty school, tailoring and sewing classes, funeral announcement, sports briefs, employment, and lost-and-found. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1081
Let's sing (ddr-csujad-55-1940)
doc Let's sing (ddr-csujad-55-1940)
List of songs and lyrics for the "Let's Sing" program at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See also sac_jaac_1944 through sac_jaac_1948. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1943
Memo from Social and Entertainment Dept., Community Activities, Heart Mountain, to Block Councilmen, Block Manager, Young People's Club, April 12, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-720)
doc Memo from Social and Entertainment Dept., Community Activities, Heart Mountain, to Block Councilmen, Block Manager, Young People's Club, April 12, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-720)
Correspondence from Young People's Club to Block Councilmen Block Manager regarding a contest for the best recreation hall at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0722
Candlelight installation ceremony (ddr-csujad-55-15)
doc Candlelight installation ceremony (ddr-csujad-55-15)
Transcript of the installation ceremony of the Densoniners club in the Jerome incarceration camp, including pledges taken by newly elected officers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00017
Birthday party (ddr-csujad-55-1474)
img Birthday party (ddr-csujad-55-1474)
Scrapbook page containing four black and white photographs of a birthday party celebration at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 117. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1476
Jr Sr colonial winter banquet (ddr-csujad-55-1417)
doc Jr Sr colonial winter banquet (ddr-csujad-55-1417)
Invitation for the Federal High School Junior-Senior "Colonial Winter" Banquet at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For scrapbook page with program, see sac_jaac_1418. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 75. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1419
Song of the islands (ddr-csujad-55-1977)
doc Song of the islands (ddr-csujad-55-1977)
Lyrics for "Song of the Islands." From the Masako Adachi scrapbook, page 21. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1980
Sentinel supplement, series 39 (March 2, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1034)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 39 (March 2, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1034)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on the Block Chairmen election, USO tea cancellation, and results of basketball games. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1036
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