Date(s) - 02/09/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Denver Woman's Press Club
Marge Taniwaki with the Amache Preservation Society and Sandra Dallas
on her book Tallgrass
Feb. 9, 2020
2-4 pm, with refreshments
DWPC Clubhouse 1325 Logan St., Denver 80203
$18 members; $20 non-members
Seating is limited
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, all persons of Japanese extraction were ordered to be removed from the West Coast to internment camps further inland. In mid-February of 1942, Colorado officials were asked to survey the state for “appropriate” housing sites for Japanese evacuees. They settled on Granada in southeast Colorado.
Denver Woman’s Press Club (DWPC) will commemorate this event in the month it happened with Marge Taniwaki who represents the Amache Preservation Society, a volunteer group that maintains the camp site, museum and research center in Granada, and makes people aware of what happened 78 years ago so that it may never happen again.
Marge Taniwaki spent her formative years incarcerated near Death Valley, California, in one of ten major U.S. concentration camps for Americans of Japanese ancestry, during World War II. For more than four decades, Marge has advocated for historic clarification of the wholesale violation of human and Constitutional rights by the government. Her willingness to discuss her experience of the mass incarceration is exceptional. Traumatized by their experience, the first and second generations rarely spoke of what they lost or of their time spent behind barbed wire.