The Hirahara family is the first Anaheim family to be showcased in the library’s Digital Anaheim Photo Collections and represents an ongoing effort to nurture the untold histories of Japanese American internment camp survivors.
The Heritage Center has continued the Hirahara’s archival project from 2017, which has birthed a new effort titled the Japanese American Heritage Project. This project commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. This order forced over 110,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps until the end of World War II.
The purpose of an archive is to preserve information, whether it be a repository for documents, photographs or oral histories. These memories not only reveal living histories but also vocalize shared experiences of perseverance that would otherwise disappear.
As oral histories help to solidify local community identity and connection to heritage, the Anaheim Public Library has created two preliminary questionnaires open to those interested in contributing to the Japanese American Heritage Project.
Learn more about at anaheim.net/JapaneseAmericanHeritageProject and access the Hirahara Family Collection here or call (714) 765-6453 for more information.