Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Sharing and preserving Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived.

Japanese American history museum

Group tours of the museum and/or the Japanese American Historical Plaza, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research appointments at the Legacy Center are available. Learn more on our Education and Resources and Services page.

To schedule or for more information:

Phone: 503-224-1458



News and Events:

Oregon Historical Society
Minoru Yasui's Presidential Medal of Freedom
On display February 2–19, 2016
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously awarded to Oregonian Minoru Yasui (1916-1986) by President Obama at a White House ceremony on November 24, 2015, will be on display in both Salem and Portland this February. The Oregon Historical Society is sponsoring the exhibit, in partnership with the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee and Oregon Nikkei Endowment. The Medal will be on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society from February 2 through 19, 2016. Learn more at www.ohs.org.

Min YasuiPortland JACL
Day of Remembrance
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2pm
at PSU George C. Hoffman Hall
1833 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
Free and open to the public

Join Portland JACL for this Day of Remembrance event honoring Min Yasui. Yasui spent his life working working for human rights. As a young Oregon attorney, he challenged Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Min Yasui's birth. Join Portland JACL, his family, and colleagues, in honoring the life and legacy of this uncompromising man who never gave up. Visit www.pdxjacl.org for more information.

Minoru Yasui Day
Min YasuiIn Portland in 1942, Minoru Yasui deliberately broke the curfew that was placed on all people of Japanese ancestry. He spent nine months in solitary confinement in Multnomah County Jail, and then was sent to an internment camp. He took his fight to the US Supreme Court, but they shamefully upheld his conviction. Still, he went on to lead an illustrious career dedicated to civil liberties and civil rights for all people.

We are proud to join a group of advocates calling on the state legislature to dedicate March 28th in his honor in perpetuity as Minoru Yasui Day. This day will be an opportunity for students and all Oregonians to learn about his fight against Japanese American incarceration and all of his work for equal rights and justice.

Please add your name to the petition to create Minoru Yasui Day in Oregon!

It is important that we remember our history, so we can learn from our mistakes. Please join us in supporting Minoru Yasui Day.

To learn more about Minoru Yasui's life and work please visit www.minoruyasuitribute.org.

Uprooted Lecture
"The Camp Without a Fence": Nikkei Farm Laborers in Malheur County During World War II
Sunday, February 28, 2pm
Epworth United Methodist Church
1333 SE 28th Avenue, Portland
Free and open to the public

Please join us for this free lecture on our latest exhibit, Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II. Morgen Young, consulting historian and project director of Uprooted, will provide insight on the Nikkei that volunteered to harvest sugar beets in Eastern Oregon and the photographer who was hired by the Farm Security Administration to document them. Learn more on our activities page.

Evacuation notice
Museum in a Suitcase

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center has developed a teaching aid for use in classroom presentations called Museum in a Suitcase. Our speakers will share the Japanese American experience in Oregon with your students by bringing exhibits (visual images and artifacts) in a suitcase to your classroom. The exhibits cover the following topics: immigration, life in Portland's Japantown, and the internment story. For more information, contact Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at 503-224-1458.



Tour our permanent exhibit:

Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of an American Community


To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II

February 11 - June 19, 2016


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Last updated:
February 3, 2016

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