2016 JACS Grants Awarded
The National Park Service awarded the 2016 Japanese American Confinement Sites grants to support 15 projects in five U.S. states. The $2.8 million grant program was announced during the All Camps Consortium, in Washington DC on May 13, 2016. We are pleased to announce that Friends of Minidoka received a $78,000 grant to create the Minidoka Legacy Memorial Interpretive Exhibit, to be part of the permanent exhibit collection to be displayed at Minidoka National Historic Site. The new exhibit will be completed next year in 2017 in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066. This will be one of the next major projects for FoM in 2016. If you are interested in supporting or donating to this project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guard Tower Project Update
The Minidoka Guard Tower Project, Phase II is scheduled for this fall. This component of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant will remove the existing asphalt at the parking lot. The parking lot will be redesigned, and the new surface will be native soils, impregnated with a material that allows compaction and hardening of the surface. The result will be a safer parking lot that more closely resembles how the entrance area looked historically. The project is under FoM management, working with Boise State University Department of Construction Management, the same great BSU staff that reconstructed the Guard Tower. The redesign of the parking lot will signal the completion of the successful Minidoka Guard Tower reconstruction.
We are currently in the process of formulating a working group to move forward in the long-awaited construction of an Issei Memorial at Minidoka National Historic Site. We will post new information here as we move forward. If you would like to be a part of this project working group, please contact us at email@example.com.