Japanese American Heritage Project

The Anaheim Public Library's Heritage Center is undertaking a new project in 2017 in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, which put over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans into incarceration camps during WWII.

In the early 1900s many Japanese and Japanese American families settled in the City of Anaheim, establishing farms and businesses.  Their children attended local elementary schools, followed by Anaheim High School.  In 1942, these families were relocated to the Poston Relocation Camp in Arizona, and incarcerated there until the end of World War II.  The City is interested in gathering the stories of these Anaheim families and their experiences before, during and after their incarceration. 

Another aspect of the story the City is interested in capturing is of the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in other relocation camps or participated in voluntary resettlement, but chose Anaheim as their new home following their release in 1945.  

Not much has been done to tell these stories, particularly of the Anaheim families incarcerated in Poston, and the Anaheim Public Library is hoping to incorporate the stories gathered during this project into a future exhibition at the MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center.

Linked below are two preliminary questionnaires for Japanese American residents of the City of Anaheim who are interested in participating in this project.  The completed forms should be returned to the City’s Heritage Center for processing.

Questionnaire 1
Poston Relocation Camp

 Questionnaire 2
Other Relocation Camps