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Lighting the Legacy

Japanese American Museum of Oregon has spent 30 years advocating for truth, equity, and authenticity. We preserve and share stories and history that create an accurate picture of the true Japanese American experience. Through our exhibits, programs, archives and advocacy, we stand up for and elevate missing voices and serve as a reminder of the fragility of our freedom. We are an educational, cultural, and community resource that is relevant to all. Now we move forward into the next decade with a new name, new look, and new home!

To ignite this effort, we have launched our capital campaign, Lighting the Legacy, to raise funds for the acquisition and extensive remodeling of the new space and new permanent exhibit. This phase remodels and transforms it into the Japanese American Museum of Oregon at Naito Center. This campaign also addresses capital and costs related to ongoing operations and meeting growth targets to serve us into the future. Thanks to generous lead donors enabling us to achieve our base goal, we are now moving into the final stage and opportunity for all Friends and supporters to get involved.

Your gift now for Lighting the Legacy will directly achieve the potential of the new center, advance the mission of our organization, and respond to the civil rights and social justice demands of the present moment. The new center positions us to grow our impact and:

  • increase the profile and capacity to more effectively preserve and share important cultural artifacts and stories
  • engage younger generations with new opportunities to ensure that history is not forgotten
  • call attention to and understanding civil rights issues
  • increase public awareness and reinforce the importance of the work of the organization and its role and relevance today

Your gift funds our priorities today and moving forward. It is both urgent and enduring. Gifts of $100 and above will be acknowledged on the donor wall. Thank you in advance for your support and partnership.

On May 6, 2021, we celebrated the virtual opening of the new museum—we can’t wait to share the new location and expanded programming with you in person!

With gratitude,

Lynn Fuchigami Parks, Executive Director
Connie Masuoka, President


Special Giving Opportunities

  • $100,000 Cornerstone Donor
    Name will appear at the entry of the museum 
  • $10,000 Nisei Soldiers Exhibit
    Honoring the Japanese American soldiers of World War II who heroically fought both prejudice at home and the enemy abroad
    Donor names will appear on exhibit plaque 
  • $10,000 Minoru Yasui Jail Cell Exhibit
    Minoru Yasui’s historic jail cell is being moved from the Multnomah County Jail and preserved to house an exhibition that features his voice describing his nine months in solitary confinement and displays his Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Donor names will appear on exhibit plaque

Please contact us directly for additional naming opportunities:
Phone: 503-224-1458