2021 MPPC Program Updates

The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee wishes everyone health and safety for 2021 and we hope to see everyone soon!

In-Person 2021 Minidoka Pilgrimage

Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to host an in-person Minidoka pilgrimage this year. However we are planning on offering a special virtual reunion sometime in either June or July. Please stay tuned for details!



















Poster Design by: Eugene Tagawa, Erin Shigaki, Marie Okuma Johnston

Minidoka National Historic Site
20th Anniversary Program 
January 17, 2021

Minidoka National Historic Site will be commemorating the 20th Anniversary of becoming a park unit of the National Park Service on January 17, 2021. To celebrate this occasion, they will be hosting a virtual program in partnership with the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning CommitteeFriends of Minidoka and the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages; and with support from Boise State School of Public Service, ACLU Idaho, the Community Library (Ketchum), and Boise City Department of Arts & History.

As part of the virtual programming, there will be three panel discussions that will be live streamed either on YouTube or Facebook. See below for the panel descriptions and the links for viewing each panel.

Our very own Gloria Shigeno, Anna Tamura, Stephen Kitajo and Dale H. Watanabe will be participating in the third panel of the day, about the origins of the Pilgrimage.




















Minidoka Survivors Panel (10am PST/11am MST) – Join us for a survivors panel with Paul Tomita, Joni Kimoto, and Dave Sakura to hear about their family's experiences at the Minidoka War Relocation Center. All three panelists were incarcerated at Minidoka as children. This panel will be moderated by Erin Aoyama (Minidoka NHS fellow). 
YouTube Link to watch: https://youtu.be/pH2iNqT1hEQ 
Minidoka Pilgrimage Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/minidokapilgrimage/


















Origin Story of the Minidoka National Historic Site (12pm PST/1pm MST) – Join us for a discussion about how Minidoka War Relocation Center was established as a park unit and how it became Minidoka National Historic Site. Learn about the early days of the development of the site with Neil King (First Superintendent of Minidoka), Dan Sakura (Clinton Administration Staff), Emily Momohara (Co-founder of Friends of Minidoka), Anna Tamura (National Park Service Planner), and Hanako Wakatsuki (Chief of Interpretation at Minidoka); moderated by Wade Vagias (Superintendent of Minidoka).  
YouTube Link to watch: https://youtu.be/rwfKmOwvyXM 
Minidoka Pilgrimage Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/minidokapilgrimage/

















Origin Story of the Minidoka Pilgrimage (2pm PST/3pm MST) – Join us for a panel discussion covering the beginning and evolution of the Minidoka Pilgrimage with Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee members: Anna Tamura, Dale H. Watanabe, Stephen Kitajo, and Gloria Shigeno. 
YouTube Link to watch: https://youtu.be/twy7r_W3gvI 
Minidoka Pilgrimage Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/minidokapilgrimage/

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