Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Wins National History Award

(Powell, Wyo.) - The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation has been announced as a 2016 Leadership in History award winner by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). An AASLH Leadership in History Award is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This Award of Merit, which is presented for excellence in history projects, was given for the project titled Saving WWII History: Preserving an Original Structure from an American Concentration Camp. The project involved the successful move of an original Heart Mountain barrack that was relocated 80 miles from Shell, Wyo., back to the site of the former “Heart Mountain War Relocation Center” between Cody and Powell. The building, which was first used to house incarcerees at Heart Mountain, was later used to house returning World War II veterans in Greybull, Wyo., and then used to house Iowa State University students at a geology field studies camp near Shell. [image: Inline image 1] *Moving the original Structure from an American Concentration Camp. h/t Brian A. Liesinger / Pitchengine Communities* “With its return, the barrack brings important historical significance as a powerful artifact of the Japanese American incarceration experience during World War II and beyond,” said Brian Liesinger, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Executive Director. “It will remain a fixture of the landscape that can speak not only to the nationally significant history of Japanese American confinement during World War II but also to that of the Big Horn Basin and the state of Wyoming.” The barrack was built in 1942 and was one of over 700 buildings that made up the confinement site between the towns of Cody and Powell. Before its return to what is now a National Historic Landmark, there were no remaining barracks on the original site. “We are honored to have been selected, and there are many people who deserve a share of the credit for this project.” Liesinger said. “In addition Iowa State’s donation of the building, Northwest College provided support for archaeological work essential to the project. We were also blown away by the support of the Foundation for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, and so many individuals who helped us save history. Receiving this award is a tribute to all those who collaborated to make it a reality.” *Feature Photo: Original Structure from an American Concentration Camp. h/t Brian A. Liesinger / Pitchengine Communities* #reboot #news