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Sent Away and Coming Home

OMCA has opened a new Sent Away bay, giving the visitor a more visceral experience of the Japanese-American Internment. It has replaced the old bay which exposed the experience at Tanforan detention facility—euphemistically called Tanforan Assembly Center, and formerly the Tanforan horse racing track—where Japanese-American families were detained during WWII. In the original exhibit, the… Continue reading Sent Away and Coming Home

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You Never Know…

It’s been quite a week in the gallery for me. On Friday afternoon I took a friend and her three sisters, all from California, on a tour of the History Gallery. Fridays are my regular day in the gallery with students. I spent the morning on Gold Rush tours and was looking forward to covering… Continue reading You Never Know…

Courage · Dorothea Lange · Hung Liu · Japanese American Internment · Kaiser Shipyards · Public History · T Sisters · The Dust Bowl · Touring · World War II

Back to the Beginning: Docent Training and Understanding Public History

Today I began to learn first hand the meaning of the docent’s college-level class, California History as Public History. Betty Reid Soskin came to the museum to talk to the docents for our monthly Advanced Training and New Year’s Luncheon. Betty is the oldest park ranger in the United States— 94 years young, for sure.… Continue reading Back to the Beginning: Docent Training and Understanding Public History