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.
Historic District, one of the National Register listed properties
featured for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
Photo courtesy of Hilary Koch, Millard
+ Peters Architects
Hawaii Shingon Mission
Stedman--Thomas Historic District
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
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.
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
International District (Chinatown), which combines Asian and Western
architectural traditions into a uniquely American neighborhood.
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (Featured
American Memorial Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
National Park of American Samoa
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
War in the Pacific National Historical
Manzanar National Historic Site
Minidoka Internment National Monument
Jun Fujita Cabin at Voyageurs
Proclamation: Asian Pacific American Heritiage Month 2003
American Heritage Council was formed in 1979 to bring existing Asian
Pacific ethnic organizations together.
American Heritage Association was formed in 1992 to promote awareness
and increase understanding of the Asian American culture and its diversity
through education and celebration.
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.
and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation
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.
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".
and Cultural Resources
A CRM issue that explores aspects of Diversity and Cultural Resources. (PDF format)
Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Diversity and Cultural Resources".
Since its inception in 1966, nearly 76,000 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
Library of Congress:
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.
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.
State Historic Preservation Division works to preserve and sustain
reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present.
Office of History and Archaeology carries out the responsibilities
of the State Historic Preservation Offices including statewide historic
preservation planning, survey and inventory of historic properties.
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 2002, Asian-Pacific
Heritage Month 2001 (special Micronesia feature), Asian-Pacific
Heritage Month 2000, and Asian-Pacific Heritage
For more information about Asian-Pacific properties listed in the National
Register, please visit these past Asian-Pacific Heritage Month features.
Hawaii Shingon Mission | Stedman--Thomas
Historic District | Kaloko-Honokohau NHP
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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