Clarke Mu­seum, Taiko Swing Hum­boldt ex­tend ex­hibit

Times Standard (Eureka) - - ART -

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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VICKI OZAKI

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.

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