Missouri S&T Archives and SHSMO-Rolla to Examine Complex History of WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps

Phelps County Focus–The Missouri S&T Archives announces it will jointly host, with SHSMO-Rolla, the Smithsonian poster exhibition “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13 on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library (CLW). The exhibition examines the complicated history and impact of Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor...

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  • Japanese-American Student Success at the Missouri School of Mines in World War II

    1:00 pm

    After the signing of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the evacuation of all persons deemed a threat to national security from the West Coast to relocation centers further inland, Japanese-American college students were at a loss. The National Japanese American Student Relocation Council managed to move over 4000 students from the internment camps back into colleges in the midwest and along the east coast. Thirteen of those students came to the Missouri School of Mines. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Larry Gragg and Debra Griffith on those students, their success at MSM, and the research needed to identify them. Online and free, registration required.

    This talk is a collaboration between SHSMO-Rolla Research Center and the Missouri S&T Archives and accompanies the Smithsonian traveling poster exhibit, Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II on display in S&T’s Curtis Laws Wilson Library from October 15 to November 13, 2020.

    Dr. Larry Gragg is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of History at Missouri University of Science & Technology and the author of ten books, including the recently released Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T's First 150 Years which you can order from the SHSMO Online Bookstore.

    Debra Griffith is the University Archivist at Missouri University of Science & Technology. Explore more research resources on this topic with her online libguide Righting a Wrong.