A new book compiles government photos of Japanese-Americans in World War II incarceration camps, including Heart Mountain in Wyoming. For the first time, some of the people in the photos have been interviewed.
Those interviews are included in Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. Author Richard Cahan joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones to talk about the stories of the photos.
Word War 2 ended 70 years ago, and as more time passes, there are fewer and fewer people left who remember the era first hand. Sam Mihara is a survivor of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a Japanese Internment Camp located between Cody and Powell.
He sat down with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about how, after staying away from Wyoming for more than 40 years, he was able to come back.
Seventy-four years ago as of last Friday, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order to imprison thousands of Japanese Americans in internment camps nationwide. One of those camps was the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in northwest Wyoming, which operated for three years - from June 1942 to November 1945. More than 14,000 Japanese Americans passed through the complex.
This summer, StoryCorps set up a booth in Cheyenne to record Wyomingites interviewing one another and sharing their stories.
Today, we hear from two members of one of Wyoming’s most famous families. Milward Simpson, the grandson of former Governor and U.S. Senator Milward Simpson, interviews his father Pete Simpson, a noted historian, educator, Republican nominee for Governor, and former legislator. They begin their conversation talking about Pete’s parents.