Tuesday, October 17
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, this deeply moving and celebrated exhibition is touring locations throughout the state to share the heartbreaking history of internment of Oregonians of Japanese ancestry during WW II.  It tells the story of how individuals, organizations, businesses and elected officials advocated for the incarceration of Oregonians of Japanese ancestry or stood by while it happened—as well of the story of those who spoke against it. The exhibit covers the time period leading up to incarceration (1941-1942) through actual documents of the time: letters, resolutions, blueprints, photographs and other archival documents from across the state of Oregon. Anne Galisky of Graham Street Productions and special guest speakers will introduce and provide context for the exhibit. For one night only, visitors will have the chance to explore the exhibit at their own pace in the Walters’ theatre. Special thanks to Meyer Memorial Trust, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Western States Center for sponsoring this exhibit. To learn more or see the exhibit calendar, visit: www.grahamstreetproductions.com/exhibit

What people are saying about this exhibit:

“What Graham Productions has done is more important than merely constructing an exhibit for viewing.  They have constructed a story line and have captured a time in history.  Most importantly they have produced something that generates emotion, and strong emotion by the viewer, and just as importantly it generates a sensitivity and a care and concern for these people who suffered.”
– Matt Stringer, Four Rivers Cultural Center

“I am amazed by the depth of the research in this presentation. As someone who is familiar with much of the material, I learned more about the widespread involvement of business, citizen’s groups and governmental agencies in expelling Oregonians from their homes.” 
– Valerie Otani, public artist

 “It is so heartbreaking and terrifying and so, so important to bear witness to the tragedies of history and today.” 
– Sherilyn Waxler, immigration attorney

“It made us better understand our own individual histories and allowed us to connect with other communities who have faced discrimination and adversity. Made us feel more connected as API’s!”
– Kathy Wai, APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)

“It was very moving and emotional.” 
– Roan Brady, high school student

 “It is so thoughtfully put together. So, so stirring, infuriating and empowering to have this all in one place. A tremendous wealth of information is here – and it is devastating and necessary.” 
– Stephanie Adams-Santos, artist and arts advocate

“The exhibit had tremendous educational value. Many students had assumed that people were uncomfortable with the prospect of Japanese American internment, when in reality, much of the population supported FDR’s order. Overall, it was a great experience for the students and one they won’t soon forget.”
– Peter Gallagher, high school teacher

“Even more surprising and shocking was to learn, for the very first time, of the petition letter written by Reverend Inouye (the minister who baptized everyone in my family in Hood River, Oregon). My parents and grandfather’s signatures were on that petition. No one who is alive in my family is aware of this petition or that members of our family and neighbours had signed it. The signatures on a letter, begging the Governor of Oregon to spare them from his racist policies, made me aware of the desperation my parents felt at the time of their imminent expulsion from their home in America.”
Diana Morita Cole, Author of Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit

Walters Cultural Arts Center
527 East Main Street
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123