Japanese-American vet shares first-hand account of Secret Military Camp in Minnesota
Celebrate the Smithsonian’s Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans & World War II and Minnesota’s Secret Language School, brought to us by the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League, with special activities Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Stearns History Museum.
Children, ages 3 and older, can learn about the Japanese–American experience during storytime at noon, and then make a craft to take home. Edwin “Bud” -Nakasone’s presentation will take place at 1 p.m. He will give a first-hand account of his time at the U.S. Military Intelligence School at Fort Snelling. As a native Hawaiian, Nakasone offers a unique perspective. He was 14 at the time the -Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Four years later, Nakasone would travel to -Minnesota to hone his -Japanese skills at the language school. He would serve in Osaka during the post-war occupation of Japan, returning to live in Minnesota afterward.
Righting a Wrong: -Japanese Americans & World War II is on display through Jan. 5, and Minnesota’s Secret Language School will run through March 2020. Both exhibits examine the impact of World War II on the lives and rights of Japanese-American citizens and promote conversations about how we as Americans treat those of different nationalities.
Contact the Stearns History Museum at (320) 253-8424 or
http://stearns-museum.org for more information on this and other upcoming events.