(The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation) - We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Romeyn, Chair of the Social Studies Department, successfully completed The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation workshop for educators this month sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
"Echoes of History: Mistreatment and Incarceration in the American West" taught educators about the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and the related issues of the treatment of Native Americans and German immigrants during World War I, the racism behind many government decisions and the settling of the American West. It is part of NEH's Landmarks of American History and Culture program, which specializes in place-based education that lets participants experience parts of American history where they happened.
It is hard to put into words what I've gotten out of this week. I joined 36 teachers from across the nation to take a deep dive into learning about Japanese incarceration during WWII. We met formerly incarcerated people and their offspring, had a Zoom call with Karen Korematsu to discuss the famous Supreme Court case involving her father, learned about life in the camp, and wrestled with notions of citizenship, loyalty, equality, and freedom. Truly an epic learning experience. Dr. Sara Romeyn
The week-long workshop is part of the Mineta-Simpson Institute, a center for scholarship and research dedicated to the lives and careers of the late Secretary Norman Mineta and former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming. They first met as Boy Scouts behind the barbed wire in Heart Mountain in 1943.
All participants received a $1,300 stipend from NEH and a certificate noting their successful completion of the program.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Romeyn!
The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation preserves the site where some 14,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated in Wyoming from 1942 through 1945. Their stories are told within the foundation's museum, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, located between Cody and Powell. For more information about the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, please visit their website.
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