[Libs-Or] Fwd: [UWMOSAIC] Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II - Eugene OR

Max Macias max.macias at gmail.com
Wed May 17 07:36:24 PDT 2017


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From: Anselmo Villanueva <anselmo.villanueva at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, May 17, 2017 at 6:58 AM
Subject: [UWMOSAIC] Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During
World War II - Eugene OR
To: uwmosaic at u.washington.edu

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II

Through May 25 (Tue-Sat), 10am-4pm, Lane County Historical Museum (740 West
13th Avenue,
Eugene, Oregon). View “Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During
World War II,” an exhibit that tells the story of Japanese Americans who
worked as seasonal farm laborers, many in the sugar beet industry, during
World War II. The display features images from federal photographer Russell
Lee’s documentation of Japanese-American farm labor camps near the towns of
Nyssa in Oregon and Rupert, Shelley, and Twin Falls in Idaho;
interpretative text panels; and a short documentary film featuring
firsthand accounts about life in the camps.

Information: (541) 682-4242    www.lchm.org    www.uprootedexhibit.com

*About Uprooted Exhibit*

“Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II” is a
traveling exhibit produced the by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.
It features forty-five images, taken by Farm Security Administration
photographer Russell Lee near the communities of Nyssa, Oregon and Rupert,
Shelley, and Twin Falls, Idaho in the summer of 1942, three text panels,
and a short video featuring excerpts from oral history interviews with
people who lived in the camps. The exhibit examines farm labor camps during
the war and the use of Japanese Americans as a labor source, specifically
in the sugar beet industry.

Between 1942 and 1944, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued to
those Japanese Americans who left concentration camps to work in seasonal
farm labor. The Nyssa camp, the first organized for Japanese American
laborers during the war, opened on May 20, 1942. It held 350 individuals at
its peak, many of whom lived and worked in eastern Oregon till the war’s
end, rather than being incarcerated at Minidoka or other concentration
camps. The overall Japanese American farm labor camp experience during the
war has been little documented.

“Uprooted” is funded, in part, by grants from the U.S. Department of the
Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant
Program <http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/JACS/index.html>; the Idaho
Humanities Council <http://www.idahohumanities.org/>, a State-based program
of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fred W. Fields Fund of The
Oregon Community Foundation <http://www.oregoncf.org/>; the Malheur County
Cultural Trust <http://www.malheurculturaltrust.org/>; and the Rose E.
Tucker Charitable Trust.

Since 1993, Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission
<http://www.ochcom.org/index.html> has been a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
corporation. First created in 1988, we just completed our first quarter
century. Our mission is to discover, celebrate, and commemorate Oregon’s
diverse literary and cultural legacy through media, memorials, and public
events. Our programs and projects reflect the Oregon country in its
wide-ranging historical sense and have reached audiences throughout and
beyond the Pacific Northwest.
*About Russell Lee*

Photographer Russell Lee (1903–1986) is best recognized for his work with
the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which from 1935 to 1944 produced
approximately 175,000 black-and-white film negatives and 1,600 color
photographs. During his tenure with the federal agency, Lee became the most
prolific FSA photographer, producing nearly 5,000 images, including several
hundred images of the Japanese American wartime experience. Between April
and August of 1942, he documented the “evacuation” of individuals and
families in California as well as four farm labor camps in Oregon and
Idaho. His latter work is featured in the “Uprooted” exhibit. According to
Lee’s biographer, F. Jack Hurley, he abhorred the government’s treatment of
Japanese Americans during the war and wanted to document what he described
as a very dark period in American history.
*Interested in hosting the exhibit?*

The exhibit is available on loan to interested cultural and historical
institutions. Please contact us at uprootedexhibit at gmail.com to learn more
about how to host the exhibit.
*Have information about farm labor camp residents? *

If you know someone who lived in farm labor camps during World War II or
have any information about the camps you would like to share, please
contact us at uprootedexhibit at gmail.com.

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