Wednesday, February 19, 2014/lk
Conversations are part of the “What If The Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?” exhibit at The History Museum of Hood River County.
The display runs through Feb. 26 at the museum, located next to the Hood River marina.
The interactive exhibit recounts the poor treatment given to the Japanese-American Nisei soldiers who returned home to the United States after world War II was over.
On loan from Oregon Historic Society, the traveling exhibit features photos, panels, and videos featuring many Hood River residents, some of who are alive, and their reminiscences of how they and their families were treated during and after World War II, when Japanese-Americans were interned in camps in the desert west while young Nisei were fighting the Japanese and the Germans in the South Pacific and in Europe.
The exhibit remembers the experiences of Japanese American citizens in World War II, and honors those who braved prejudices to help them or speak out against their treatment.
The History Museum of Hood River County is located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The “Out of Step” headline on the display (from the New York Times) refers to the 1944 incident in which Hood River American Legion rubbed out the names of 16 people of Japanese descent from the veterans’ wall of honor in downtown Hood River, an event that gained national attention. Five weeks later, the names were restored.