Relocation Center offers new exhibit and free admission

(Big Horn Basin, Wyo.) - On January 28, 1943 the War Department announced the formation of an all-Japanese American unit of the U.S. army. The announcement was made public the following day in the Washington Post under the headline “U.S. Army to Include Japanese Unit: Loyal Citizens Will See Action in European Theater Fighting.” The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will honor the day these men joined the war effort with free admission on January 28–29. And while you are there you can check out the latest exhibit ¨Dusted Off¨. The Congressional Gold Medal and uniform from a Japanese American soldier who served with the heralded 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II are part of a new exhibit at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. They are just a few of the unique items on display for the first time in an exhibit titled Dusted Off, featuring new acquisitions to the Heart Mountain collection. [image: uniform and medal.jpg] In addition to the medal and uniform, there are other objects from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated all-Japanese American unit that fought in Europe. The 442nd went on to become the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the U.S. Army. Also on display are items that illustrate everyday life at Heart Mountain, including ice skates, mess hall dishes, and a handmade curtain. Artwork made in camp is featured as well, including an intricately hand-carved wooden mirror. “These objects have been cared for over time and entrusted to us for preservation and display. They represent a reverence for history we as a community share,” said Brian Liesinger, Executive Director of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. “So in honor of the history these artifacts represent, and in honor of the generous donors who have returned them to Heart Mountain, we are bringing these treasured pieces into our exhibit gallery for public viewing.” Dusted Off will run through February 26. The exhibit allows visitors to view artifacts, lovingly saved through time, that reflect life in the “Heart Mountain Relocation Center,” as well as items that highlight the service of Japanese Americans who went overseas to fight while their families remained unjustly confined in camps. “Not only do we hope this exhibit impresses visitors with never-seen-before items, we also hope it inspires those holding Heart Mountain artifacts to consider entrusting these precious items to us for future preservation, display and care,” said Liesinger. [image: HeartMtILC_004.jpg] #reboot #news