Wright Museum of World War II to host Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition in May
January 10, 2019–Wolfeboro, NH–Recently, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) announced the launch of a national tour of the exhibition, “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II.” Opening at the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, Jan. 26, 2019, the exhibition will travel to the Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, May 1 through July 7.
According to museum Executive Director Mike Culver, the exhibition examines “the complicated history and impact of Executive Order 9066,” which led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“It embraces themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago,” he said. “Righting a Wrong” looks at immigration, prejudice, civil rights, heroism, and what it means to be an American.”
The exhibition explores this complex history through historical images, personal stories and objects from those incarcerated at the camps. A duffle bag in the exhibition, for instance, used by the Imada family when they were relocated to the Gila River camp in Arizona reflects the restrictions to bring only what they could carry. Another example is Takeo Shirasawa’s 1943 high school diploma from the Poston camp in Arizona, which exemplifies the experience of thousands of other teens who had to
complete their high school education in camps.The exhibition’s stop at the Wright Museum, said Culver, was made possible by support from The Montrone Family.
“We are very grateful for their generous sponsorship, giving the Wright this opportunity to become involved in an exhibition with national distinction and importance,” he said. “This is an exhibition of great relevancy that should be seen by every American.”
“Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” was developed by the National Museum 2SI-000-200X of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The national tour received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the Terasaki Family Foundation, and C. L. Ehn ; Ginger Lew.
Celebrating its 25 anniversary in 2019, the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro will reopen on May 1 at which time visitors may also visit “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II.” The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, the Wright Museum features more than 14,000 items in its collection that are representative of both the home front and battle field.
For more information, visit www.wrightmuseum.org.