Camp pilgrimages

Annual pilgrimages to the sites of former camps have become important events in the Japanese American community. They are an opportunity for former camp inmates to visit places that dramatically affected their lives, as well as a way for younger generations to learn the history of the Japanese American incarceration. Often the pilgrimages last for a few days and include workshops, tours of the former campsites, and memorial services to honor those who died while incarcerated.

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Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she discusses an incarceration camp pilgrimage and a JACL conference. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_03_001
Letter to Michi Weglyn from unknown author (ddr-csujad-24-48)
doc Letter to Michi Weglyn from unknown author (ddr-csujad-24-48)
A letter to Michi Weglyn possibly from Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga about the effect of Weglyn's book "Years of Infamy" on Jack Herzig, and Herzig's conversations with General Bendetsen about the Manzanar Pilgrimage. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_02_007
Gila River 50th reunion and dedication (ddr-csujad-42-182)
doc Gila River 50th reunion and dedication (ddr-csujad-42-182)
An envelope for Yoneko Takano, who is an attendant of the Gila River 50th reunion and dedication events held at Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, March 17-19, 1995. The envelope has presumably contained a booklet, bus tickets, and a T-shirt, handed to Yoneko Takano during the events. See this object in the California State Universities …
Gila River Relocation Center 1942-1945 monument dedication 50th reunion (ddr-csujad-42-181)
doc Gila River Relocation Center 1942-1945 monument dedication 50th reunion (ddr-csujad-42-181)
A booklet to commemorate the 50th reunion of the former incarcrees and families of the Gila River incarceration camp, which was held March 17-19, 1995. Another booklet, "Banquet program," is attached. The former incacerees' current addresses and phone numbers are removed from the digital surrogate. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Crowd stands near a memorial monument at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-52-17)
img Crowd stands near a memorial monument at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-52-17)
A crowd of people stand near a memorial monument at Manzanar Cemetery. The caption below the image reads, "LONGE PINE, Calif. April 30, 1988 -- MANZANAR REUNION -- Rev. Pual Nakamura performs a flower offering to a memorial at the Manzanar Cemetery Saturday during the annual pilgrimage to the former internment camp." See this object in …
Hana Tada leading a group of Japanese Americans in singing
img Hana Tada leading a group of Japanese Americans in singing "God Bless America" at a service in 1984 (ddr-csujad-52-36)
Caption above image reads, "GOD BLESS AMERICA--Hana Tada, 93, (center) leads group of Japanese-Americans in singing 'God Bless America' at a service here 2/19 commemorating the internment of them & 3,600 other Japanese-Americans in camps here during WWII. Tada & her group do not speak English, saying they were too busy making livings as farmers to …
Students eat lunch in front of a monument at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-52-12)
img Students eat lunch in front of a monument at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-52-12)
Six people sit on the ground eating from white bags in front of a monument. Snow covered mountains can be seen in the distance. The caption under the photo reads, "Manzanar, Ca.--(Slugged Manzanar)--Students from the University of California Riverside, all members of 'The Historian as Detective' class, eat lunch in front of a monument to the …
Camp warehouse (ddr-densho-11-5)
img Camp warehouse (ddr-densho-11-5)
This building, now a potato-processing plant, was formerly a produce-processing and storage facility at the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-4)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-4)
Pilgrimage attendees examine an old latrine foundation from Block 73. The holes were for toilets, which were situated at each end of the facility. Group showers were in the middle.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-1)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-1)
Jimi Yamaichi (right) pointing out something to Stan Shikuma at the former site of the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Cross erected by camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-7)
img Cross erected by camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-7)
This cross, erected by inmates at the Tule Lake concentration camp, sits on top of a formation called Castle Rock. It is being approached by pilgrimage attendees.
Memorial honoring deceased camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-12)
img Memorial honoring deceased camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-12)
This memorial honors Japanese Americans who died while incarcerated at the Tule Lake concentration camp. The marker is located at the Linkville cemetery in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Pilgrimage attendees on Castle Rock (ddr-densho-11-6)
img Pilgrimage attendees on Castle Rock (ddr-densho-11-6)
Tule Lake inmates erected this cross on top of a formation called Castle Rock. The area below the cross is the former site of the concentration camp.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-2)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-2)
Pilgrimage attendees barracks located on the property of a local farmer. Castle Rock is in the background.
Memorial plaque (ddr-densho-11-11)
img Memorial plaque (ddr-densho-11-11)
This plaque was placed at the base of the cross on Castle Rock on October 2, 1982. The plaque honors Christian ministers who served the inmates at the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-3)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-3)
Pilgrimage attendees barracks located on the property of a local farmer. Castle Rock is in the background.
Evening program, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-9)
img Evening program, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-9)
At the Tule Lake pilgrimage, an evening program was held to honor the inmates and remember the incarceration experience. The person shown here is playing a shime taiko drum while slides taken during the incarceration are being shown in the background.
Former camp inmates, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-10)
img Former camp inmates, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-10)
These Japanese Americans were incarcerated at Tule Lake, California. They are at the Linkville cemetery for a service honoring Japanese Americans who died at the camp during World War II. There is a marker at the Linkville cemetery honoring Japanese Americans who died at the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Stockade wood-burning stove (ddr-densho-11-8)
img Stockade wood-burning stove (ddr-densho-11-8)
In 1943, Tule Lake concentration camp became a segregation center. A stockade was built to detain those who were considered security risks by the WRA. This wood-burning stove was used to help heat the stockade.
Minidoka map (ddr-densho-430-2)
doc Minidoka map (ddr-densho-430-2)
Map of Minidoka Relocation Center produced by the Minidoka Pilgrimage based off a map made by Anky Arai.
Densho eNews, June 2008 (ddr-densho-431-21)
doc Densho eNews, June 2008 (ddr-densho-431-21)
Article titles: "From the Director," "From the Archive: New Neighbors Among Us: The Japanese American 'Resettlement,'" "Densho News: Densho and Collaborators Interview in Denver," "Densho Wins History Award," "Please Forward! Share the eNews with a Friend and Win a Prize," "National News and Events: Report to Congress for Camps Preservation Grants," "Reminders of National Conferences," "Honorary …
Minidoka Relocation Center Map (ddr-densho-462-1)
doc Minidoka Relocation Center Map (ddr-densho-462-1)
Map of Minidoka reprinted for Minidoka Remembered, original created by Anky Arai in 1943
Family at a camp pilgrimage (ddr-densho-62-1)
img Family at a camp pilgrimage (ddr-densho-62-1)
Watanabe family visiting the former site of Tule Lake concentration camp, California.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 6 (February 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 6 (February 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-6)
Selected article titles: "Seattle Fire Chief Raps Article Poking Fun at Asians, Chicanos" (p.1), "L.A. High Tensions Still Unabated" (p.1), "Mike Masaoka Hands in Notice to Terminate" (p.1), "Fear of Hysteria Led to Evacuation" (p.3-4), "Spring Pilgrimage to Manzanar on Mar. 25 Prelude to Dedication" (p.3-4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 13 (April 7, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 13 (April 7, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-13)
Selected article titles: "Desert Wind, Sandstorm Thrash 700 Making Manzanar Pilgrimage" (p.1), "Congressional Tributes" (p.1), "Issei Group Housing in New York Sought" (p.6)
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