Woodblock print created by a Hunt art student of Fumi Haraguchi Kato, 1943.
Woodblock print created by a Hunt art student of Fumi Haraguchi Kato, 1943.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Baseball at Center Field

Baseball played a key role in sustaining the 13,000 Japanese Nikkei (Americans citizens and legal resident aliens) who were incarcerated at Minidoka War Relocation Center from 1943-1945.
Baseball served as a glue to bring people together and provided bridges to communities outside the barbed-wire fence. After the war, many former incarcerees have continued to exclaim, "Baseball saved us."

The reconstructed Honor Roll at Minidoka NHS
The modern recreation of the Honor Roll.


Learn about the original Honor Roll.

One of the first things that you see as you enter Minidoka National Historic Site is a large three panel structure topped with a Bald Eagle cutout with bright yellow and dark brown wings and a white head: the Minidoka Honor Roll.

Nisei in uniform

The men and women that served

Explore what life was like for those that served in the US Armed Forces during World War II. What ways were Japanese-American allowed to serve? Where did they serve? How was their service viewed on the Home Front? Check out this exhibit to learn more...

The changing Constitution

The Long Arc of Justice

The Constitution has shaped the laws and lives of American Citizens since its writing in 1788. From its inception the document has changed from the way it is applied as well as who it applied to.

What makes someone American? What rights are Citizens entitled to? Who should be allowed to participate in our democracy? What does an American look like? Should we ever give up our rights in a time of crisis?

The story of relocation is only a small part of the United State's evolution toward a more perfect union. This timeline looks for the answers to those questions and what questions our country is still struggling to answer today.


Contact the National Archives

The National Archives Access to Archival Databases (AAD) is the best
online site to find information about Japanese Americans incarcerated at the
ten relocation centers. Here's the link to the database: National Archives


Last updated: July 25, 2015

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