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 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Kodomo No Tameni

OmiyageHoliday Museum Store
November 16-December 23, 2018
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday noon-4pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! This holiday season, Oregon Nikkei Endowment's gift shop, Omiyage, has been expanded at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers. Omiyage features jewelry, cards, origami ornaments, fashion and home accessories, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items.

Proceeds from Omiyage sales will support our local vendors and the programs, exhibits, and mission of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close | 2018
Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland's Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
Open to the public August 10 – November 4, 2018

First Thursday – December 6, 3-pm
Free and open to the public

Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Minidoka Center Field Project
at the Minidoka National Historic Site

The goal of the Center Field Project is to re-construct one of the baseball fields at Minidoka and its supporting structures, including scoreboard, backstop, player benches, and exhibit panels.

Minidoka baseballBaseball played a key role in sustaining the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center from 1942-45. Many camp residents—youth and adults, male and female—played baseball or softball on one of the many fields throughout the camp.

Field-In-A-Day is based on the 1952 Farm-In-A-Day event on property that was part of the historic Minidoka site. Approximately 1500 volunteers built a two bedroom home, dug irrigation canals, built corrals, and planted crops — all in a single day. On Saturday, May 28th, individuals and groups joined Friends of Minidoka and park staff in rebuilding one of the baseball fields that were interspersed among the 44 residential blocks.

Support the Minidoka Center Field Project by volunteering for Field-In-A-Day, making a donation, or purchasing a special commemorative baseball (a portion of sales supports the Center Field Project). The baseball ($10, case costs extra) is available for purchase at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Please visit www.nps.gov for more information.

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's programs, which provide tangible reminders of the richness and vitality that ethnic minorities can bring to societies that hold sacred the rights of its citizens and regard as a blessing the diversity of its people.

Other Community Events
Please visit Discover Nikkei for more information about upcoming events in the area and around the world:

Portland Chinatown MuseumDescendent Threads
Descendent Threads
October 4 - November 11, 2018
at Portland Chinatown Museum (127 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland)

A mixed-media art exhibition, Descendent Threads celebrates the diverse works created by Portland-based, Asian American female artists, Ellen George, Roberta May Wong, and Lynn Yarne. Their artworks illuminate and trace the wildly varied paths they have chosen to embrace their Old Town/Chinatown/Japantown roots and Asian American identities. According to guest curator, Horatio Law, Descendent Threads is "the first group exhibition by Asian American female artists in Portland." Visit www.portlandchinatownmuseum.org to learn more.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
November 1-30, 2018
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Lan Su Chinese Garden will be packed with more than 750 potted chrysanthemums artistically displayed throughout the garden. More than 75 different chrysanthemum varieties will unfurl in all colors, shapes and sizes including: spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics and more. Along with the plum, orchid and bamboo, the chrysanthemum has become known as one of the "Four Gentleman of Flowers." Revered for its late and long-lasting bloom, these characteristics were likened to those of the mature "gentleman" scholar whose wisdom and integrity grew with each year. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust EducationThe Last Journey of the Jews of Lodz
The Last Journey of the Jews of Lodz

October 9, 2018 – February 24, 2019
at OJMCHE (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)

Joint exhibit with the Portland Art Museum. Together the two exhibitions will offer an extraordinarily rare glimpse of life inside the Lodz Ghetto through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross (1910–1991). The Nazis consolidated the area's Jewish population—more than 160,000 people—into a poor industrial section of Lodz, Poland, making the Lodz Ghetto second in population only to the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Europe. Henryk Ross, confined to the ghetto in 1940, was put to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer. He took official photographs for Jewish identification cards, as well as images used as propaganda. Unofficially—and at great risk—Ross documented the brutal realities of life under Nazi rule, culminating in the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

Architectural Heritage CenterThe Artistic and Eclectic Will Martin
The Artistic and Eclectic Will Martin
Opens November 16, 2018
at the Architectural Heritage Center

This original, comprehensive exhibition about the Portland and Oregon architect Will Martin (1930-1985), best known as the designer of Pioneer Courthouse Square, captures the full range of Martin's creative work as an architect, artist, and imaginative thinker. This exhibition demonstrates the vibrant fusion between art and architecture as it played out in Martin's built and unbuilt work, from his earliest projects in the late 1950s, his modernist suburban work, his playful and experimental designs for private residences, to his forays into postmodernism prior to his untimely death in 1985. Visit visitahc.org to learn more.

Past events:

Museum Day
Saturday, September 22, 2018
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Free admission with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is participating in Smithsonian magazine's 14th annual Museum Day, an initiative in which participating museums emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket. For more information about Museum Day and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday/search.

Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act
Friday, August 10, 2018
Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)
Cost: $125 per person

Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Kay Endo and Bob Shimabukuro. The Special Keynote Speaker for the evening is John Tateishi — National Redress Director of the Japanese American Citizens League. Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction. The meal choices are beef, salmon (gluten free), or vegetarian (gluten free).

Plaza Cleanup
plaza cleanupSunday, August 5, 8am - noon
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Couch Street and Naito Parkway)

Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Sunday, August 5, starting at 8am. Clean-up activities include pulling weeds, sweeping, and picking up litter. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom, dust pan, rake, work gloves, water, flag markers, and any other tools and supplies that might be useful.

Illuminating Uncommon Perspectives on World War II Injustice
with Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley
Thursday, June 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
at Epworth United Methodist Church (1333 SE 28th Ave, Portland)

Please join us for this program featuring Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley. This event will include readings from Diana Morita Cole's new collection of stories about her family's dispersal from Hood River, Oregon, and their imprisonment in the Tule Lake and Minidoka concentration camps. She will also read selections from her book, Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit, featuring the life of a young Nikkei protagonist, born at Minidoka after her family was expelled from Hood River. Diana will also include a film clip about Latin American Nikkei interned in the United States.

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