The Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum will host the traveling exhibit, "What if heroes were not welcome home?", January 15 to February 12.
During the exhibit, the Museum honors individuals and organizations who have supported the history and legacy of Japanese Americans, including those whose history is connected to Historic Wintersburg and Orange County.
On Sunday, January 15, the Museum honors, among others, Kazuo Masuda and the Masuda family. One of the family descendents, Dennis Masuda, serves on the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force. Read about the Masuda family via this 2012 Historic Wintersburg blog post, http://historicwintersburg.blogspot.com/2012/06/masudas-national-civil-liberties-icons.html
LEFT: Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum at the Fullerton Arboretum on the grounds of California State University-Fullerton. (Photo, M. Urashima, 2013) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
On Sunday, January 22, Historic Wintersburg author and chair Mary Urashima will receive a commendation from the Museum for her almost nine-year effort to identify, research and save the Furuta farm and Wintersburg Japanese Mission property. She will provide a presentation in the Museum, with seldom-seen photographs of the Japanese American pioneers of Orange County.
In 2014, Historic Wintersburg was named one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and, in 2015, Historic Wintersburg was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The historic property contains six extant structures relating to the Furuta farm and Wintersburg Japanese Mission, the majority over 100 years old.
The people associated with the Historic Wintersburg property either served in the U.S. military---including Congressional Gold Medal recipients---or were confined, due to their Japanese ancestry, during World War II. This history will be part of the national Day of Remembrance on February 19, marking the 75th anniversary of the authorization of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Currently, the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force is working with the property owner, Republic Services, and the City of Huntington Beach on a process to save the civil liberties "site of conscience" as a preserved heritage site for future generations.
RIGHT: Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force member Dennis Masuda---shown here with a Historic Wintersburg exhibit for a Smithsonian Institute program at Heritage Museum of Orange County---is part of the grassroots community effort to save the Historic Wintersburg property as a heritage site. The Masuda family is part of the history of Japanese American pioneers in Orange County. (Photo, M. Urashima, October 25, 2014) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum is located on the beautiful grounds of the Fullerton Arboretum at California State University-Fullerton, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, California, 92831.
More information about the exhibit and event days at http://news.fullerton.edu/2017wi/Arboretum-Heroes-Exhibit.aspx
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