Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and the Japanese American Incarceration




Powell, WY


June 16-21, 2024; June 23-28, 2024


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




The educator workshops will examine how more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to 10 camps established by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) following Japan’s December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The workshops will be held at the site of one of those camps, Heart Mountain. Located in northwest Wyoming between the towns of Cody and Powell, Heart Mountain exemplifies this episode in American history. It was here that almost 14,000 Japanese Americans spent up to three years coping with the loss of their homes, livelihoods, and freedom.

Project Director(s)

Sybil Tubbs

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Sam Mihara; Erin Aoyama; Frank Abe; Aura Newlin; Cally Steussy; Mary Keller; Amy McKinney; Eric Sandeen; Gordon Nagayama Hall; Jeanne Nagayama Hall

Grantee Institution

Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation

Funded through the Division of Education Programs