Community Members Take Part in National Park Service Planning Meeting on Tule Lake

Tule Lake Planning Workshop

Several Japanese Americans and other community members interested in the history of the forcible removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II assembled on the fifth floor of the Library’s South Wing at California State University, Dominguez Hills on July 25 to discuss a vision for the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

The meeting was one of several the National Park Service is conducting to determine the preservation and interpretation of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, where 29,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during the war, and was organized by library dean Sandra Parham, the former director of the University Library’s reference services Naomi Moy, and emeritus professor of history Don Hata.

“The National Park Service was really pleased with the outcome of our event. What was impressive even in the attendance was that we had survivors who were in the camps, educators, descendants, community leaders and others who were there to learn and contribute to the discussions,” Moy said.

Among those in attendance were Gregory Williams, director of Archives and Special Collections, who offered to house historic materials related to Tule Lake, and South Bay artist Hatsuko Mary Higuchi.

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