We are actively working to preserve the physical artifacts as well as the stories and memories of life in one of America's concentration camps located at Poston, Arizona. It was named "Poston" or the "Colorado River Relocation Center", located on the Colorado River Indian Reservation during World War II. The Poston Community Alliance is a 501(c)(3)non-profit group.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The National Park Service has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to increase public awareness about & help preserve sites related to the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The largest of the 19 grants, $282,000, is going to an organization that is building a museum at the former Heart Mountain Relocation Center outside Powell in northern Wyoming.
Also receiving grants are programs at the Manzanar & Tule Lake relocation centers in California, Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawaii, Fort Lincoln Internment Camp in North Dakota, Kooskia Internment Camp in Idaho, Crystal City Internment Camp in Texas, & Central Utah (Topaz) Relocation Center.
Other grants will help organizations record interviews with people who lived at the camps.
"Especially now, it's really urgent that we document internees' experiences — firsthand experiences, what it was like," said Kara Miyagishima, a Park Service historian in Denver.
President Obama approved the funding earlier this year & the Park Service announced the grants Friday. The Park Service awarded the $960,000 after holding public meetings in Honolulu, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles & San Francisco. The Park Service received a total of 32 applications seeking $2.4 million through the program, said Gerald Yamada, national coordinator for the Japanese-American National Heritage Coalition.
"They've I think gone out of the way to outreach to the community and get input," Yamada said Monday.
Grant recipients must raise $1 on their own for every $2 in federal funding they receive. Congress now is considering awarding another $2.5 million through the program next year, Yamada said.
To make a tax-deductible donation to our project, contact:
The Poston Restoration Project
c/o Marlene Shigekawa, Treasurer
956 Hawthorne Drive
Lafayette, CA 94549 email:marshige at gmail dot com