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National Park Service - Amache Special Resource Study Public Comment Period

JACSC encourages our members and supporters to submit comments and attend the public meetings that will inform the study of Amache, the WWII Japanese American incarceration site in Colorado, for possible inclusion in the National Park Service. Broad public support will enhance this study process and show the NPS that we care about the future of Amache.


Comments may be submitted online here: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=415&projectID=92521&documentID=101266


The NPS questions are as follows:


  • What is your vision for preserving Amache? How would you like to see the site managed? What types of activities and experiences do you want to see as part of Amache’s future?

  • Do you have any ideas or concerns that the National Park Service should be aware of and/or address in the study process?

  • What objects, buildings, remaining features, values and stories do you believe are most important and why?

  • What do you think differentiates Amache from the other nine Japanese American incarceration camps?

  • Do you have any other ideas or comments you would like to share with us?


The in-person meeting schedule is as follows:


San Francisco

Sunday March 15, 2-4 pm

Presentation starts at 2:30 pm

Japanese American Citizen League Headquarters

1765 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94115


Sebastopol

Monday March 16, 10 am - Noon

Presentation starts at 10:30 am

Memorial Hall at Enmanji Buddhist Temple

1200 Gravenstein Hwy. So. Sebastopol, CA  95472 Sacramento Tuesday March 17, 10 am - Noon Presentation starts at 10:30 am Buddhist Church of Sacramento

2401 Riverside Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95818

San Jose Tuesday March 17, 6-8 pm Presentation starts at 6:30 pm Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 North 5th St. San Jose, CA 95112

Merced

Wednesday March 18, 11 am - 1 pm

Presentation starts at 11:30 am

Merced County Library

2100 O St Merced, CA 95340


Oakland

Wednesday March 18, 6-8 pm

Presentation starts at 6:30 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Pacific Renaissance Plaza 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290 Conference Room #4 Oakland, California 94607


Los Angeles

Thursday March 19, 3:30-7 pm

Two presentations will be offered at 4 pm and 6 pm

You do not need to be present for both; each will repeat the same information and discussion.

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012


Gardena

Friday March 20, 10 am - 12 pm

Presentation starts at 10:30 am

Gardena Valley Japanese American Cultural Institute

1964 W. 162nd Street Gardena, CA 90247

This special resource study will take place over the next two years. At the conclusion of the study, the National Park Service will forward its findings to the secretary of the interior who will then make a recommendation regarding creating a national park at the site and submit the study and recommendation to Congress.


More information about the study can be found through the attached newsletter or on the project website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Amache You can contribute your comments during one of the above public meetings or by visiting the project website. We welcome your assistance with distribution of materials to other members of the Japanese American community. We are grateful for any help you can provide for greater stakeholder outreach and appreciate your support of the study. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Amache Special Resource Study Project Manager, Tamara Delaplane at tamara_delaplane@nps.gov, or 303-969-2113.

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©2019 by Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium. This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.