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

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
email

 

 


News and Events:

Upcoming Exhibit
Collections Up Close 2018Collections Up Close | 2018
Baseball and Bowling: Sports Memorabilia from Minidoka and Post-WWII Portland
Open to the public February 25 – April 8, 2018

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.
 

6th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018, 10am-4pm
139 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland

Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, artwork, dishware, furniture, and more. Items start as low as 25 cents! Something for every age, taste, and budget! All proceeds benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

Special Preview Night to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Friday, March 16, 6-8pm
Early Shoppers Admission: $50 (general public), $25 (Friends of O.N.E.)
RSVP required

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind Japanese treasures before the general public! Food and drink is included in admission.

Phone: 503-224-1458
email

Time for spring cleaning! Donate your Japanese items for the Cherry Blossom Bazaar! The dates to donate to this year's rummage sale are March 1-14 (call ahead to schedule a dropoff time). Call Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503-224-1458 to arrange for donation dropoff or to sign up to volunteer.
 

Min Yasui Day March for Justice
Wednesday, March 28, 4-6pm
at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and Portland Center Stage (128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland)
Free, RSVP requested

In honor of Min Yasui Day, we will walk from Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to Portland Center Stage for a screening of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part One), the recently completed documentary produced by Min's daughter, Holly, and for recognition of the 2018 winners for the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest.

4pm Walk from Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (121 NW 2nd Avenue) to Portland Center Stage (128 NW 11th Avenue)

4:30pm Awards Ceremony for the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest

5pm Screening of Never Give Up!

6pm Q&A with Holly Yasui and Peggy Nagae, Minoru Yasui's attorney

Learn more about Min Yasui here. Please visit www.pcs.org for more information about the program at Portland Center Stage.
 

Minoru Yasui Day Essay ContestMinoru Yasui Day Essay Contest
For all Oregon middle and high school students
Essay Length: 500-1000 words
Submissions accepted: January 1 - March 1, 2018
Prizes: Winners - $250 (high school), $150 (middle school)
Runners-up - $150 (high school), $50 (middle school)

On March 28, 1942, Min Yasui challenged discriminatory military orders that led to the forced removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and their imprisonment in camps. He was found guilty at the District Court of Oregon and spent nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which, in 1943, ruled against him. In spite of the great injustices that he, his family and community endured, Minoru Yasui continued for the rest of his life to defend the democratic ideals upon which our country was founded, and the human and civil rights of all people.

Essay Topic: Explain the lessons learned from the life story and legacy of Minoru Yasui and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. How do those lessons inform your position on current U.S. policies on immigration and national security?

For complete contest rules see: www.minoruyasuitribute.org/essaycontest
To apply for resource materials: minyasuitribute[at]gmail.com
 

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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