Japanese American History Museum at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center opened its doors at its present location in 2004. The Center serves as both a museum and cultural center, with exhibits and programs related to the large Japanese American community that was located here prior to World War II. The Center also works to preserve the history and culture of Portland's Japanese American community.
Backstory and Context
The museum has grown over the past decade, and now features a number of exhibits that detail the history of Japanese immigration to Portland and the growth of Japanese American communities such as Nihonmachi (known as Japantown) in Portland. There are also exhibits directly related to Oregon and Executive Order 9066, including an exhibit related to the Portland Assembly Center-the place where local families of Japanese descent were held prior to their transfer to the infamous relocation camps.
Japanese American History Museum. Oregon Nikkei Endowment website. Accessed January 14, 2017. http://www.oregonnikkei.org/aboutus.htm.