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December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day. To commemorate this, Dr. Tremayne and Dr. Morache will speak to the human stories of Minidoka Internment Camp, providing historical context and reading poetry written by Minidoka poets.
The Minidoka Historic Site, 15 miles north of Twin Falls near Eden, was one of 10 major relocation centers, used for incarcerating people of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Following the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese military on December 7, 1941, in an atmosphere of fear and panic, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, creating a military exclusion zone along the Pacific Coast. Without due process under the law or evidence of espionage, more than 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent and Japanese immigrants of all ages were forced to leave their homes and livelihoods to live in tar paper barracks behind barbed wire in the interior West.
College of Southern Idaho (CSI) professors Russ Tremayne and Jette Morache collaborated to edit Surviving Minidoka: The Legacy of WWII Japanese American Incarceration with Todd Shallat, Director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics at Boise State University. The book is an outcome of the annual Civil Liberties Symposium hosted by CSI. Symposium speakers and participants, from across the nation and Canada, contributed to the colorful multi-layered and multi-genre book. The book tells the Minidoka story through visual art, poetry, interviews, and essays, offering both coffee table art and academic essays for readers who wish to deepen their knowledge of Minidoka.
Russell M. Tremayne Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History at the College of Southern Idaho. He is a board member of Friends of Minidoka. For the past eight years he has spearheaded CSI’s Civil Liberties Symposium in partnership with The National Park Service and Friends of Minidoka. He previously edited A History of the Twin Falls Canal Company, 1905-2005.
Jette Morache, Ph.D. is a Professor of English at the College of Southern Idaho. She is an essayist, short story writer, and qualitative researcher.