This is your last chance to see the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America"--with the exhibit by Historic Wintersburg on Japanese American sports history in early 20th Century Orange County--at the Heritage Museum of Orange County.
The exhibit closes on Saturday, September 30. Information and directions to the Heritage Museum of Orange County at http://heritagemuseumoc.org/
Our thanks to the Heritage Museum team for including us and for hosting our movie night on the grounds of the 12-acre Museum, with stars Chris Tashima and Derek Mio! Here's a look back a the Hometown Teams opening and at movie night with the stars, under the stars!
ABOVE: Historic Wintersburg's exhibit is in the Quilter's Cottage at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, along with part of the Smithsonian Institution exhibit. (Photograph, M. Urashima, August 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ABOVE: Star of film and television, Derek Mio chats with the early crowd arriving to set up their picnic before movie night. Derek is an alumnus of Huntington Beach High School and made his debut role in the film, Day of Independence, with actor-director Chris Tashima. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ABOVE: Derek Mio, to the left of his film poster image for Day of Independence, with actor-director Chris Tashima, at the outdoor movie night at Heritage Museum. The award-winning short film producer, Chris Tashima, also brought film memorabilia for the crowd. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ABOVE: As the sun set and movie-goers finished their picnic, the film screening began. "Day of Independence" was followed by "The Sandlot". Our thanks to Heritage Museum of Orange County for the beautiful venue, near the historic Maag farmhouse on the gazebo lawn. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ABOVE: Heritage Museum of Orange County board of directors chairman Drew Hatcher (left) with Heritage Museum director Kevin Cabrera on opening night of "Hometown Teams", in front of the Historic Wintersburg exhibit. (Photograph, M. Urashima, August 18, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ABOVE: One of the images included in the Historic Wintersburg exhibit at "Hometown Teams" is of Kaizo Nishi at the Xth Olympiad at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1932. This was the first time a martial arts demonstration had been held at the Olympics. Students who had practiced in the Huntington Beach chile pepper warehouses of Masami Sasaki and the Orange County judo-bu were included in the demonstration, receiving special Olympic medals. Los Angeles is home to the summer Olympics again in 2020! (Photograph snip: Kaizo Nishi at the Los Angeles Coliseum, 1932, University of California Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History, PJA 089) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ABOVE: Also in Historic Wintersburg's exhibit at "Hometown Teams" is a spotlight on Huntington Beach High School alumnus and member of the "Go For Broke" 442nd during World War II, Kazuo Masuda. The image on the right his Kazuo Masuda's uniform, as the Smithsonian Institution prepared it for exhibit earlier this year in Washington, D.C. Excerpts from a historical booklet on local sports from Hungtington Beach High School coach "Cap" Sheue, "Oiler History and Traditions", explains the contributions of Japanese American athletes at the high school. (Photograph collage, M. Urashima, August 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ABOVE: Media coverage for the outdoor movie night in the Rafu Shimpo newspaper, the Japanese-English daily based in Los Angeles. The Rafu Shimpo once had a branch office and post office box in downtown Huntington Beach in the early 20th Century. (Courtesy of Rafu Shimpo)
ABOVE: Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force member Barbara Haynes gets her photo with star Derek Mio next to the film poster for "Day of Independence". Barbara is wearing a "yogores" shirt from the film, which means she might be up to a little trouble. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
LEFT: Adam England, Iron Pear Tree Inn, (right) and Kathy Williams in historical sports attire at opening night for "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" at the Heritage Museum. England perfected a Scottish accent for the event and stayed in character. In case he looks familiar, England is a regular at the Huntington Beach Historical Society's annual Civil War Days. (Photograph, M. Urashima, August 18, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
What's next? Time to start finding your pioneer duds and start the holiday season in historic fashion!
Mark your calendar for the evening of Friday, December 1, when Historic Wintersburg joins the Huntington Beach Historical Society for a pioneer gathering, Holidays in Huntington Beach 1917, at the Newland House Museum!
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