2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage Scheduled For June 19-22, 2014

The following is a press release from the Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee.


SEATTLE, WA (April 14, 2014) — In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp” near Twin Falls, Idaho.

This summer, the 11th Minidoka Pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends, from Seattle, Portland and across the nation, to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho, June 19-22, 2014.

This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends. Participation is limited.

The 2014 Pilgrimage will include:

  • Reconstruction of the Guard Tower.
  • Access to an original barrack building and mess hall. People will be able to go in portions of both historic buildings.
  • Reconstructed fence is complete. It runs about one mile in length from the stone entrance buildings along the North Side Canal to the historic swimming hole. The trail is parallel to the fence, so that visitors can see the fence and walk along it.
  • New collections storage building completed to house Minidoka collections items at Hagerman Fossil Beds.
  • Guided tour of the Minidoka National Historic Site by National Park Service staff.
  • Commemorative Closing Ceremony at Minidoka.

In a change from previous pilgrimages, the Minidoka Pilgrimage will be conducting its own educational programming on Friday, June 20 at the Red Lion Hotel. For those who wish to attend the Civil Liberties Symposium at the College of Southern Idaho instead on Friday, June 20, separate registration is required and must be done through the Symposium directly.

To register or for more information about the Civil Liberties Symposium, visit http://www.csi.edu/civillibertiessymposium, or send e-mail to Alan Momohara at info@minidoka.org. Registration deadline is June 1, 2014.

Please note that lodging is not included in either the Seattle/Bellevue Package or the Twin Falls Package. Please arrange your lodging accommodations in Twin Falls, Idaho on your own. Hotel information is available on the web site, http://www.minidokapilgrimage.org.

Also, Pilgrims who require “special” assistance are responsible for making their own arrangements. This must be done prior to registering for the pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage does not have the resources to help in these matters.

We will again be offering a senior scholarship for this year’s Pilgrims who are over 80 years of age and older, and were imprisoned in any of the American Concentration Camps during World War II. This scholarship covers the registration fee, hotel, and bus costs (round trip bus transportation from Bellevue College to Minidoka) will be waived. We are grateful to the 2003 Minidoka Remembrance fund and the proceeds from the 2014 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival for making this opportunity available.

For other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com. If you do not have access to a computer and need information, please leave your mailing address at (206) 681-0800 and it will be mailed it to you.

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