Heart Mountain Joins Consortium
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 10, 2018
The Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center is collaborating with other organizations to better tell the story of a dark time in America’s history.
In February, four national Japanese American organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to demonstrate their commitment to the Japanese American Confinement Site Consortium, a group of organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving and sharing the Japanese American incarceration experience.
Dakota Russell with the Heart Mountain Foundation says the Heart Mountain Foundation took the lead in the effort to collaborate the efforts of multiple organizations to reach common goals. He adds that this agreement comes at a critical time, as federal funding to preserve incarceration sites and tell the Japanese American story is currently threatened by budget cuts.
By signing the memorandum, the Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese American National Museum, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, and Friends of Minidoka have pledged to provide significant resources, staff time, expertise, and convening space in an effort to preserve historic structures, build museums, and to help raise awareness about the Japanese American incarceration experience.