Clarke Museum, Taiko Swing Humboldt extend exhibit
After a successful opening night at March’s Arts Alive!, which featured a record breaking turnout for a special Taiko drumming performance, the Clarke Historical Museum and Taiko Swing Humboldt have announced that the current “Pieces of our Lives” temporary exhibit will now be open to the public through the end of March and will be closing after April’s Arts Alive! on April 4.
This exhibit features items from local residents and their family members who were sent to incarceration camps during World War II and includes a variety of items made in camp, taken to camp, and brought home to Humboldt County. Included with the items are brief stories about where they came from and notable details. The exhibit provides a unique look at camp life and information on the 10 camps that were spread out across the United States. This display adds another element of discussion on race in the county and the larger United States to current Clarke exhibits, including “Immigration, Expulsion, Homecoming,” discussing the legacy of the Chinese expulsions in Humboldt County and a current display of Swedish immigrant portraits. In addition to the artifacts, 10 posters representing the 10 camps provide a history of the incarceration, with the motivating factors that led up to Executive Order 9066 that forced 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans
into the camps and also draw parallels to present day treatment of families incarcerated at the border.
This is the first time that a temporary exhibit has been set up in the Weapons Vault at the Clarke and the museum looks forward to coordinating with community groups for additional exhibits in the future.
The Clarke Museum is located at 240 E St. in Old Town Eureka and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Members of Taiko Swing Humboldt who set up the temporary exhibit are, from left, Terry Uyeki, Patty Hecht, Ali Lee, Vicki Ozaki, Alex Ozaki-McNeill, Marylyn Paik-Nicely and Amy Uyeki.