“Architecture of Internment” traveling exhibit to visit the downtown Klamath County Library
Exhibit runs Wednesday, February 14th through Sunday, March 4th
TED talk screening and discussion: Sunday, February 25th 2pm
Downtown Klamath County Library
The downtown Klamath County Library is hosting “Architecture of Internment,” a traveling exhibit about Oregon’s participation in the forced removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II. The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday, February 14th through Sunday, March 4th.
Unlike many narratives about the internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry, the exhibit focuses on those who allowed – or encouraged – it to happen. Individuals, organizations, businesses and elected officials actively advocated for internment – or weren’t bothered by it enough to speak out against it. Architecture of Internment includes letters from “ordinary” Oregonians to then-Governor Charles A. Sprague advocating for the removal of Japanese Americans; blueprints of potential civilian prisons; and activism by Japanese Americans in protest of an increasingly hostile community.
The downtown library is also screening a series of TED talks about what it means to be American – including one from actor/activist George Takei about his experiences in an internment camp – on Sunday, February 25th at 2 pm.
For more information about the exhibit and the TED talk screening and discussion, please visit the Information and Reference desk or call 541-882-8894. For more about the exhibit, visit www.grahamstreetproductions.com/exhibit. The Architecture of Internment exhibit is sponsored by the Rural Organizing Project. For more about them and other educational and activism projects they support, visit www.rop.org.