Amache Preservation Society Program Feb. 9

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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

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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.

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.

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.

The Denver Woman’s Press Club has invited Marge to present a visual presentation and talk. In addition, DWPC member Sandra Dallas will discuss her book Tallgrass, a poignant story inspired by the site in Granada. Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest—and best—parts of the human heart. Sandra Dallas will have books available for sale and the DWP will serve Japanese cookies and tea.