Nat'l Trust for Historic Preservation

The Poston Community Alliance Receives $10,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Only a week ago, a proposal was submitted to the Western Region Office in San Francisco to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for intervention funds.

Anthony Veercamp, Director of Programs, acted quickly and was able to secure funding to support the Poston Relocation & Rehabilitation Project.

In March 2010, the Poston Community Alliance received a grant of $31,000 from the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program for relocating and preserving the internment camp barrack located in Parker.

On September 15, 2010 staff from the Intermountain Regional Office of the National Park Service and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office made a site visit. Members of the Poston Community Alliance, (Jon Villalobos, Marlene Shigekawa & Ruth Okimoto), were also present.

It was determined that a storage facility is needed on the Poston site to protect and secure the barrack. The storage facility currently on the site is inadequate and is incapable of storing the barrack.

The estimated cost for constructing a steel building that would preserve, protect and secure this historic structure from vandals would be range from $12,000 to $15,000. The Tribal Council of CRIT has already spent $50,000 to secure the Poston site with a fence.

Project Director, Marlene Shigekawa, and Assistant Project Director, Ruth Okimoto contacted the National Trust for Historic Preservation Office in San Francisco. A proposal was written for emergency or "intervention" fund.

Anthony Veercamp notified Marlene and Ruth that a $10,000 grant was awarded to the project.

We are fortunate to have received these funds and are appreciative of Anthony Veercamp's rapid response and commitment to our project.

Those interested in further supporting this project can send their contributions to Marlene Shigekawa or go to Paypal and send payment to

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