The World War II Amache Japanese Internment Camp in southeastern Colorado is the subject of an exhibit at The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs opening today. As KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports, the exhibit presents a dark piece of Colorado history.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The exhibit pairs archaeological remains with oral history from those associated with the internment camp. Artifacts include marbles, hair barrettes, and Japanese sake bottles. DU Associate Professor of Anthropology Bonnie Clark helped create the exhibit. Clark says the goal is to create a dialogue and encourage people to visit the site in southern Colorado.

“This larger story that we don’t often talk about when in the US we got things wrong. And particularly I think our history, rightly so, of World War II, is often about victory and about going in and really stopping oppressive regimes abroad but there’s also some things that happened at home that were sort of counter to that.”

At capacity, the camp housed over 7,500 people during the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens. The exhibit’s a collaboration among faculties at UCCS and DU and was created by DU students.


The exhibit will take place at the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities at UCCS October 15th-November 5th.

 

Comments are closed.

News

Reuters
February 17, 2020 | NPR · Friends of Xu tell NPR that the prominent legal and civil rights activist was arrested on Feb. 15 in southern China. Xu had managed to evade authorities tracking him for nearly two months.
 

AP
February 16, 2020 | NPR · William Barr’s Justice Department lowered the prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump, in a move that’s led to accusations of political interference.
 

Getty Images
February 16, 2020 | NPR · The legendary showman didn’t want to cancel his show in New Zealand despite a pneumonia diagnosis earlier in the day. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more,” he wrote.
 

Arts & Life

From the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
February 16, 2020 | NPR · Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the executive producer of a new documentary focusing on the lives of black Americans on both sides of the Revolutionary War, whose stories aren’t often told.
 

Epix
February 16, 2020 | NPR · By focusing on figures who “played roles in the story that are larger than history remembers” this gripping adaptation of a hit podcast reminds us how slowly the Watergate scandal unfolded.
 

February 16, 2020 | NPR · At the Frieze Los Angeles art fair, several LA-based Latino artists used the backlot of Paramount Pictures Studio to showcase work about representation and realities.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
February 16, 2020 | NPR · After her 2016 release, The Bride, Natasha Khan didn’t know if she’d make another album. But she moved to LA, starting working on a script for a vampire film and found herself writing a concept album.
 

Getty Images
February 16, 2020 | NPR · The legendary showman didn’t want to cancel his show in New Zealand despite a pneumonia diagnosis earlier in the day. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more,” he wrote.
 

Courtesy New York Philharmonic
February 16, 2020 | NPR · The NY Philharmonic has commissioned 19 women to create new works to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. It’s called Project 19.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab