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The WWII Japanese American Internment Museum McGehee, Arkansas, serves as an interpretive center for both camps that were in Arkansas during WWII, Rohwer and Jerome. These 2 camps were the 2 furtherest east. There were no camps east of the Mississippi River.Since opening April 16, 2013, there have been close to 17,000 visitors from all50 states and 56 countries. Many former internees from these 2 camps visit every year. Each year close to the anniversary date, a Reunion is held, except for 2020 and 2021 due to Covid.12 miles north of McGehee is the location of the Rohwer camp. There is a cemetery that was not a part of the camp but was adjacent to it. You can look around at the farm land and see how large the camp was.The cemetery has 24 headstones and 4 large monuments. 1 of the monuments is shaped like a tank and is dedicated to the honor and memory of the 100/442. In the distance you can see the smokestack from the hospital boiler room.George Takei, Mr. Sulu from Star Trek, was at Rohwer with his family when he was 5. Because of the way his father answered the loyalty questionnaire, they were sent to Tule Lake in northern California.If you are ever in southern Arkansas, stop by the museum to see the exhibit“Against Their Will”. The Japanese Americans have asked that we keep their story alive, and that is what the museum is there for so this will never happen again.The Japanese Americans have 2 phrases that say it all:Shikata ga nai - It cannot be helpedNidoto nai yoni - Let it Not Happen Again
The Broomfield Veterans Museum reopened in February and resumed its mission: to honor local veterans of all the United States’ conflicts and peacekeeping efforts from the Civil War to the present, in all branches of service, by telling their stories.   The museum houses nine rooms of exhibits, a military history library of over 2,500 volumes, and a small auditorium that hosts presentations by veterans and historians. It is free and open to the public and offers docent-guided or self-guided tours.   The museum is still—with virus precautions of course—a center for veterans to connect, students to learn about our nation's history, individuals or groups to explore the rotating exhibits, and families to honor their loved ones who served in the military.   The virus has curtailed many of the its outreach activities so far, but the museum has resumed its Coffee and Conversation speaker series—a twice-monthly presentation by a veteran or historian in the auditorium. These talks are scheduled for the second and fourth Saturday of each month and start at 10 AM.   The museum was founded in 2003 by six late Broomfield-area World War II veterans, whose legacy is now carried forward by a team of volunteers, many of whom are veterans themselves. All are invited to come see the displays and hear the stories.   The museum is located at 12 Garden Center, Broomfield, on the north side of Midway, about a quarter mile east of Wadsworth (287). Hours: Thursday 10 AM to 2 PM; Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM. Mask required. Phone number: 303-460-6901; website www.broomfieldveterans.org, email broomfieldveterans@gmail.com.
The Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington is Pacific County’s largest year round tourist attraction. The Museum houses one of the finest collections of 19th century horse drawn vehicles in the entire country.  Visitors are pleasantly surprised to find such a world class collection of horse drawn vehicles in the tiny town of Raymond. The Museum is family friendly, educational and you’ll find that there is something for everyone!   The Northwest Carriage Museum opened in 2002 as a result of a very generous donation of 21 carriages from a local family.  Over the years, the collection has grown to over 58 vehicles including a variety of carriages, buggies, wagons, sleighs and commercial vehicles.  The museum’s collection includes an 1888 Stagecoach, featured on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum,” a 1900 hand carved hearse from Vienna, Austria, a Chuck Wagon, a beautiful cut under Wicker Phaeton, a 1880 Mail Wagon along with the magnificent Brewster Summer Coupe Brougham.  Several of our vehicles were used in movies classic’s such as our C-spring Victoria used in Shirley Temple’s “Little Princess” and our famous Shelburne Landau which was Belle Watling’s carriage in the classic “Gone with the Wind.” In addition to our many vehicles, the museum houses many other period artifacts from the 19th century.  Clothing, travel trunks, harness gear, hand tools, carts and an amethyst glass collection is beautifully displayed The Northwest Carriage Museum is located at the junction of Hwy. 101 and State Route 6 in Raymond, Washington. Right outside our doors is the beautiful Willapa River and a well maintained park which is the perfect place for you and your family to enjoy a picnic.  Within walking distance are restaurants, and shopping opportunities.    The Northwest Carriage Museum is open year round from 10am to 4pm.  We have a unique gift shop featuring a variety of jewelry, books, toys and local products. Group tours are our specialty and can be arranged in advance.  We have admission discounts for families, seniors and military personnel. AAA members can show their card and save as well.   We believe you will love your visit to the Northwest Carriage Museum and hope you visit soon.  Visit us at www.nwcarriagemuseum.org or call us at 360 942 4150 for additional information.  You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.          COME GET CARRIED AWAY AT THE NORTHWEST CARRIAGE MUSEUM!