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A Long Road to Travel: The Service of Japanese American Soldiers During World War II

February 18–May 7, 2023

Second generation Japanese American (Nisei) soldiers played a pivotal role in supporting the U.S. war effort during World War II. A Long Road to Travel focuses on the often arduous journey these soldiers undertook to serve their country, overcome prejudice at home, and achieve recognition for their heroism. Expanding on the Oregon Historical Society’s What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home, this exhibition will explore these important stories and encourage thoughtful reflection from visitors, asking them to consider what they would have done in the same situation.

A Long Road to Travel opened last August at the History Museum of Hood River County in conjunction with the dedication of the Oregon Nisei Veterans World War II Memorial Highway, a 41-mile scenic roadway from the Columbia River to Mt. Hood. Opening February 18, 2023, at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, the exhibition will include additional artifacts from JAMO’s permanent collection.

In 1944, the names of 16 Nisei soldiers were erased from the Hood River honor roll at the county courthouse. In response to this shameful act, American Legion Post 22 received hundreds of letters at the time, which they recently donated to JAMO during a special Veterans Day ceremony. Material from this one-of-a-kind, historic collection will be added to the exhibition for its Portland debut.

Save the Dates
Friday, February 17: Friends of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon preview

Saturday, March 4, 2pm: Moving Forward from Community Secrets, in-person program with author Linda Tamura, as well as Carl Casey and Dennis Leonard from Hood River American Legion Post 22.

A Long Road to Travel: The Service of Japanese American Soldiers During World War II