Lessons in History

The Pearl Harbor attack intensified existing hostility towards Japanese Americans. As wartime hysteria mounted, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 forcing over 120,000 West Coast persons of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) to leave their homes, jobs, and lives behind and move to one of ten Relocation Centers.

This single largest forced relocation in U.S. history is Minidoka's story.

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A reconstructed Guard Tower dominates the entrance area

Visiting Minidoka NHS

While the Site is being developed you can explore the story by walking the 1.6 mile interpretive trail complete with informational panels.

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View of the exhibit located at Hagerman Fossil Beds

Minidoka Exhibit

Minidoka is developing but you can see an informational exhibit at the Hagerman Visitor Center which includes historic pictures and brochures.

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Eagledale Ferry Dock, Bainbridge Island, WA

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Mem.

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, an 8-acre site on Bainbridge Island, WA, was established May 8, 2008.

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Dedication of the flag pole at the Stafford Elementary School.

The Incarceration Experience

Want to learn more about the incarceration experience? This story has so much to teach us and there are many sources available to visit.

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Examining an actual historic warehouse feature.

Take a field trip to the actual site!

Nothing helps students better connect with the past as visiting the actual place where it happened. Just to imagine the people walking past you.

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