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History Brown Bag: Manzanar: An American Concentration Camp

The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2019 History Brown Bag series held each month from January through October, noon to 1 on Thursday, May 23rd. Marge Taniwaki will speak about Manzanar, an American Concentration Camp where people of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned during World War II.  In the spring of 1942, 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes and taken to 10 major concentration camps located in some of the most desolate areas of the United States.  Along with her extended family, California born US citizen Marge was sent to Manzanar, located near Death Valley in California.  Marge will speak about her memories of imprisonment as well as her research into the incarceration and its aftermath.  The presentation will be held in the Community Room at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street. 

Following are the many offers a part of the 2019 History Brown Bag series.  All presentations will be held at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street, in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.  Note several dates are different than the 4th Thursday of the month.

May 23 
Manzanar: An American Concentration Camp, Marge Taniwaki

June 6

WWII Battlefields, Cemeteries and Monuments, Don Runnells

July 25
Young Chautauquans Perform, Young Chautauquans

August 22
Slavery by Another Name: Reconstruction after the Civil War & the Jim Crow Laws, Jean Messinger

September 26
Teetotalers, Stuffed Shirts & Canoe Paddlers: Union Colony Letter Writers, Museum Manager Dan Perry

October 24
History of the Colorado Railroad Museum and artifacts, Michelle Kempema; this presentation will be held at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, 680 10th Street and will be free of charge.

For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at or 350-9222.

Release Date:
May 16, 2019

Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department

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