Then They Came for Me Exhibit

Japanese American Service Committee is excited to be a part of this exhibit with the Alphawood Gallery: Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties.

JASC has partnered with Alphawood to create an experience that will speak to both the great injustice of the WWII incarceration and the current political climate to provoke conversation.

The exhibition draws on photos by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others included in the recent book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II by Chicago authors and photo historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams.  Archival items from JASC and other Japanese American organizations and individuals are also a part of the exhibit.

June 29 – November 19, 2017
Hours are:
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm
Friday – Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

The exhibition is now open and free with limited parking in the lot on the north end of the building.  There will be regular programming in conjunction with the exhibit, check this page for information on upcoming programs.

The film “Then They Came For Us” will be shown hourly in the theater on the second floor. This new documentary about the Japanese American incarceration demonstrates the importance of speaking up against any efforts to register or ban Muslims today. Knowing our history is the first step in making sure we do not repeat it. Interviews include actor George Takei, who was incarcerated along with his family.

Guided tours take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, Thursdays at 6:30 pm, and Saturdays at 1:00 pm.

Sharing Stories is a weekly time at 3:00 pm on Saturdays when members of the community share personal stories of incarceration or challenges to their civil liberties.  This time is to create a space for dialogue, visitors are encouraged to ask questions, share their own experiences, or just join the group to learn more.

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