Heart Mountain Center Offers Free Admission
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 20, 2018
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is offering free admission to visitors on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The interpretive center, located on Highway 14A between Cody and Powell, will be waiving its admission fees during its open hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 24th. Locals are encouraged to bring visiting family to learn about Japanese American incarceration in Park County during World War II.
Executive Director Dakota Russell said that the museum wants to give locals a chance to share area history with family members visiting for the holiday. He points out that there are only a handful of places in America where you can learn about this story, and he says the Center wants to give the local community an opportunity to share it with their relatives and friends.
During World War II, the United States government removed over 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast, and confined them in camps in remote locations like Heart Mountain. The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a coalition of former incarcerees, their descendants, and local Wyomingites, opened Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in 2011.