National Day of Remembrance 3

National Day of Remembrance

Film screening, gallery reception, and more
  • Dates:
    Feb 17, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Tickets:
    FREE admission and activities 5-8 PM
  • Accessibility:

    Mobility-accessible. Exterior ramps provide building access, elevators access all floors in the building, and wheelchairs are available at admissions.

National Day of Remembrance
February 17, 2022, 5:00-8:00 PM
FREE admission and activities

National Day of Remembrance (observed annually on Feb. 19) recognizes President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent living mostly in Washington, Oregon, and California. Join us for the official opening reception of the REMEMBRANCE gallery with a reception related programming:

  • 5:00-8:00 – Visit the REMEMBRANCE gallery.  While REMEMBRANCE opened in 2021, we were unable to host an official opening event due to the COVID-19 pandemic; we are honoring the gallery opening on February 17, 2022. Refreshments will be served on the mezzanine, and we welcome you to visit the gallery featuring refreshed exhibitions.
  • 6:00 PM – Scholarly Selections: Becoming Nisei – Japanese American Lives in Prewar Tacoma. Hear from University of Washington Tacoma’s Lisa M. Hoffman, professor of urban studies and author of Patriotic Professionalism in Urban China: Fostering Talent, and Spaces of Danger: Culture and Power in the Everyday.
  • 7:00 PM Fujitaro Kubota and His Garden film screening and Q&A. This documentary film examines the enduring dreams and legacy of immigrant and nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, a self-taught gardener who built a thriving landscape business and, through many years of work and challenges, toiled and shaped the landscape in South Seattle into a landmark Japanese garden. While incarcerated at Minidoka (Idaho) concentration camp during World War II, Kubota, for whom everything held spirit, also created a memorable garden in the desert where he was held. The film screening will be followed by Q&A with contributors to the companion book, Spirited Stone.

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Our thanks: WSHS exhibitions and programs are generously supported by Columbia Bank, Humanities Washington, KNKX, The Murdock Foundation, the Port of Tacoma, and our members.