One of the most significant events in the 20th century was World War II. This war changed the course of world history and touched the lives of all Americans. In the time since World War II, many of the properties associated with the war have been lost or are under threat. This session will provide examples of the threats to Arizona’s World War II properties and strategies being used to preserve these properties.
Moderator: Carol Griffith, State Historic Preservation Office
Title: The Colorado River Relocation Center (Poston): “A Reservation within a Reservation”
Speaker: Marlene Shigekawa, Chair of the Poston Alliance, Inc.,
Title: The Poston Restoration Project: Preserving the History & Artifacts of a World War II Internment Camp on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation
About Speaker: Marlene Shigekawa
Marlene Shigekawa has a broad base of experience in the fields of education and business as a management consultant, writer and project manager. She is currently the Project Director for the Poston Preservation Project and a board member of the Poston Community Alliance, Inc.
Born in the Poston Internment Camp, she has written several publications book including Blue Jay in the Desert and Welcome Home Swallows, multicultural children's picture books based on her family's internment experience. She also is the author of Succeeding in High Tech: A Guide to Building Your Career published by John Wiley & Sons.
As an author she has made presentations for universities and colleges and has presented at MIT, Sloan School of Management, Harvard University, University of California, and Dominican College.
Her work within education involved working with cross cultural teams of teachers, parents and administrators to develop diversity projects for Alameda, Oakland and San Francisco school districts. She has been a teacher in Watts, EOP counselor for the University of California, and Associate Director of Youth Employment for San Mateo County Schools.
As a new media producer, she has developed web-based projects at several high tech corporations, including PeopleSoft and Oracle, and managed a multimedia staff of content developers and graphic artists.
While a diversity consultant, she has worked with executives of Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, GE, Kodak and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She has also has made presentations to numerous associations including the National OD Network, American Society of Training & Development, Association of Human Resource Systems Professionals, Association for Women in Computing, Hewlett-Packard Technical Women’s Conference and Society for Intercultural Education, Training & Research.
She received her M.S. in Educational Psychology from California State University, Hayward and her B.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside. She is a graduate of the Advanced Program in Organization Development and Human Resources Management through Columbia University.