Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

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

Capital campaign

Lighting the Legacy

Oregon Nikkei Endowment has spent 30 years advocating for truth, equity, and authenticity. We preserve and share stories and history that create an accurate picture of the true American experience. Through our exhibits, programs, archives and advocacy, we stand up for and elevate missing voices and serve as a reminder of the fragility of our freedom. We are an educational, cultural, and community resource that is relevant to all. Now we move forward into the next decade with a new name, new look, and new home!

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For many years we have been searching for a property to purchase, allowing us to stay within Portlandís historic Japantown. Stakeholders firmly believe that our future and growth is inextricably tied to the acquisition of a permanent facility for the museum. Through an opportunity with Prosper Portland, we are acquiring the first floor of the Old Town Lofts on the corner of NW 4th and Flanders Street in Old Town, Portland, ensuring our presence in this culturally significant neighborhood. Prosper Portland believes that our project serves as a catalytic model for the district, demonstrating an inclusive, sustainable, memorable and financially successful redevelopment.

To ignite this effort, we have launched our capital campaign, Lighting the Legacy, to raise funds for the acquisition and extensive remodeling of the new space and new permanent exhibit. This phase remodels and transforms it into the Japanese American Museum of Oregon at Naito Center. This campaign also addresses capital and costs related to ongoing operations and meeting growth targets to serve us into the future. Thanks to generous lead donors enabling us to achieve our base goal, we are now moving into the final stage and opportunity for all Friends and supporters to get involved.

Your gift now for Lighting the Legacy will directly achieve the potential of the new center, advance the mission of our organization, and respond to the civil rights and social justice demands of the present moment. The new center positions us to grow our impact and:

  • increase the profile and capacity to more effectively preserve and share important cultural artifacts and stories
  • engage younger generations with new opportunities to ensure that history is not forgotten
  • call attention and understanding to civil rights issues
  • increase public awareness and reinforce the importance of the work of the organization and its role and relevance today

Your gift funds priorities today and moving forward. It is both urgent and enduring. Gifts of $100 and above will be acknowledged on the donor wall.

On January 1, 2020, our name changed to the Japanese American Museum of Oregon. Stay tuned for the announcement of our grand opening - we canít wait to share the new museum and expanded programming with you and thank you in advance for your support and partnership!

With gratitude,

Lynn Fuchigami Parks, Executive Director
Connie Masuoka, President

 


Special Giving Opportunities

  • $100,000 Cornerstone Donor
    Name will appear at the entry of the museum
     
  • $10,000 Nisei Soldiers Exhibit
    Honoring the Japanese American soldiers of World War II who heroically fought both prejudice at hom and the enemy abroad
    Donor names will appear on exhibit plaque
     
  • $10,000 Minoru Yasui Jail Cell Exhibit
    Minoru Yasui's historic jail cell is being moved from the Multnomah County Jail and preserved to house an exhibition that features his voice describing his nine months in solitary confinement and eisplays his Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Donor names will appear on exhibit plaque
     

Please contact us directly for additional naming opportunities:

Phone: 503-224-1458
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