“dedicated to passing on the Heart Mountain story to future generations”
In August of 2011, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation opened its doors of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, a world-class museum dedicated to passing on the Heart Mountain story to future generations. Through photographs, artifacts, oral histories, the interactive exhibits, guests to the Center experience life at Heart Mountain through the eyes of those Japanese and Japanese Americans that were confined here during WWII. The Center provides an overview of the wartime relocation of Japanese Americans, including the background history of anti-Asian prejudice in America and the factors leading to their enforced relocation and confinement. Special emphasis is given to the experience of incarceration, the diverse personal responses of Japanese Americans to their imprisonment, constitutional issues, violations of civil liberties and civil rights, and the broader issues of race and social justice in America.
So glad we came upon this quite by accident, was not a planned stop but for a historian it was well worth it. A must see if you want to teach your children the unbiased history of our great but sometimes troubled Country
The best thing about this place was the 10 min documentary where they interviewed internees. It provided compelling insight to their experiences. These US citizens suffered indignity with the utmost grace.
The displays at the center, however, where crammed in at weird angles. It was difficult to absorb the random information presented and everyone was in everyone else’s way constantly due to all of the strange choke points. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but it definitely made the visit less enjoyable.
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Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
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