[image] National Park Service Arrowhead and link to NPS.gov [Graphic header] National Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, National Park Service.  See caption below

[image] May 2002

The National Register of Historic Places recongnizes the historical contributions of Asian and Pacific peoples in the United States and its associated territories. From the early 1800s to the late 20th century, Asian and Pacific peoples have played a vital role in the development of the United States and made lasting contributions in all elements of American society. The month of May is

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and this site showcases historic properties listed in the National Register and National Park units highlighting important aspects of the Asian and Pacific experience in America. Join the National Register in commemorating just a few of the places where Asian and Pacific people have made history.

[photo] Parade in front of the Mendocino Joss House, part of the recent dedication festivities for this temple
Photograph courtesy of David Look

[graphic text] Featured Properties



Mendocino Joss House (now the Temple of Kwan Tai)

Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barrelling Plant





[graphic text] Publications

[Photo] Chinese Mason Building, Walnut Grove--Highlighted in Locke and Walnut Grove: Havens for Early Asian Immigrants in California lesson plan
(Photo by Mary L. Manieri for Par Environmental Services)

Teaching with Historic Places

This program offers a series of award-winning lesson plans that use places listed in the National Register to enliven the study of history, social studies, and geography. TwHP has ready-to-use lesson plans, available for free downloading, that examine important aspects of Asian-Pacific history.

Locke and Walnut Grove:
Havens for Early Asian Immigrants in California

Understand the experience of early Asian immigrants and the obstacles they encountered as they struggled to make a living and find a place in American society.

The War Relocation Centers of World War II:
When Fear Was Stronger than Justice

Learn what led the U.S. government to confine nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry to relocation centers in remote areas of the country during World War II.

Travel Itineraries

Visit Seattle's International District (Chinatown), which combines Asian and Western architectural traditions into a uniquely American neighborhood.

[Photo] Manzanar National Historic Site, the featured park for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
NPS Photograph, Manzanar National Historic Site

[graphic text] History in the Parks


Asian American Heritage

Manzanar National Historic Site (Featured Park)
Minidoka Internment National Monument
Jun Fujita Cabin at Voyageurs National Park

Pacific Islander Heritage
American Memorial Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
National Park of American Samoa
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
War in the Pacific National Historical Park

[graphic text] Learn More

Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California, is a publication of the California Parks and Recreation Department, which contains valuable information on the experience of Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in the state.

Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites
In 1942, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona in the single largest forced relocation in U.S. history. Many would spend the next 3 years in one of ten "relocation centers" across the country run by the newly-formed War Relocation Authority (WRA). This report provides an overview of the physical remains left at the sites of the Japanese American relocation. The main focus is on the architectural remnants, the archeological features, and the artifacts remaining at the relocation centers where Japanese Americans were held during World War II.

"CRM" is the flagship publication of the NPs Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership Programs and contains articles on the full range of cultural resources management and preservation topics. The following issues deal directly with questions regarding Asian and Pacific Islands cultural resources.

    Pacific Preservation
    A CRM issue that explores aspects of Pacific Preservation. (PDF format)
    Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Pacific Preservation".

    Approaches to Heritage: Hawaiian and Pacific Perspectives on Preservation
    A CRM issue that explores aspects of Hawaiin and Pacific Perspectives. (PDF format)
    Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Approaches to Heritage: Hawaiian and Pacific Perspectives on Preservation".

    Preservation in the Pacific Basin
    A CRM issue that explores aspects of Preservation in the Pacific Basin. (PDF format)
    Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Preservation in the Pacific Basin".

    Another View from Hawai'i
    A CRM issue that explores aspects of Another View from Hawai'i. (PDF format)
    Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Another View from Hawai'i".

National Register Information System
Since its inception in 1966, nearly 75,000 properties have been listed in the National Register. Together these files hold information on nearly one million individual resources--buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects--and therefore provide a link to the country's heritage at the national, state, and local levels. Search by name, location, agency, or theme to locate National Register properties associated with Asian-Pacific history.

Library of Congress:
Built in America (HABS/HAER)
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies, including sites related to Asian-Pacific history and culture. Searches on keywords like "Japanese," "Chinese," or "World War II" will provide information on an array of associated sites. Most of the site records have publication-quality drawings, photographs and historical data. Of special interest are the following properties: the Chee Kung Tong Society in Hawaii, the Joe Shoong Chinese School, and the Chinese Joss House in California.
Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's best-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center. Adams's Manzanar work is a departure from his signature style of landscape photography, and includes not only numerous portraits, but also views of daily life, agricultural scenes, and sports and leisure activities.

Historic Resources Division of Guam explains the mission of this government office, and provides information on news and events, and a virtual tour of the island's historic sites.

Government of Guam provides further information on Guam's historic and natural resources, as well as information on the government of this United States territory.

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month 2001 (special Micronesia feature), Asian-Pacific Heritage Month 2000, and Asian-Pacific Heritage Month 1999
For more information about Asian-Pacific properties listed in the National Register, please visit these past Asian-Pacific Heritage Month features.

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Images for collage clockwise from top right: Sunrise in Hawaii, Palm tree from Palau, Los Angeles Chinatown, Petrogylph in Guam, House in Marshall Islands, historic photograph of sugar cane worker in Hawaii, site in Palau, two women weaving in American Samoa
Collage images courtesy of NPS, Guam and Palau Historic Preservation Offices, and Library of Congress [AEP-MIN73]. Photograph Chinatown in bottom right corner courtesy of Dennis Thomason

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