Future exhibition in development. Can you help?

Resource Scanning Days

August 15, 3:00-7:00 PM
September 19, 3:00-7:00 PM
Washington State History Museum
FREE and open to the public

The Washington State History Museum is preparing a new exhibition about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII as a result of Executive Order 9066, which significantly impacted thousands of people living in our state.

We would like to collaborate with the Japanese American community to collect resources connecting this story to people in our state. To begin this process, we are hoping to make scans of related photographs, letters, documents, and other ephemera by crowd-sourcing those items from our communities. We are holding several Japanese American resource scanning events, in collaboration with Densho Digital Repositories.

Can you share your history? 

Please bring up to 5 relevant photographs, letters, documents, drawings or pamphlets to each event to scan, share, and add  to the archive. As a thank you, we’ll provide digitized versions of your materials, a 2MB thumb drive, and archival materials to better store your originals. 

Sign up for a scheduled scanning time in advance by completing this web form. If you have questions about materials, please contact Gwen Whiting at 253-798-5927 or

We are grateful to our advisory committee and the community of participants who will help create this exhibition. Thank you!