Learn About Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming Places

Feb 17, 2023

Proclamation: "Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry"

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On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, subsequently resulting in the relocation and internment of 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry. One of these World War II internment camps was located in Wyoming.

The Wyoming State Library has created a digital exhibit on the Heart Mountain WWII Internment Camp on Wyoming Places. This exhibit, created from the camp newspaper The Heart Mountain Sentinel, takes a look at daily life in the camp and includes pictures, drawings by Estelle Ishigo, and newspaper clippings that link to the full newspaper. The Heart Mountain Sentinel was distributed to 6,000 camp households every week and also mailed to subscribers outside of the Heart Mountain camp.

This exhibit tells the story of life at the camp from August 1942 to November 1945 and includes their impressive farming efforts, education and recreation, and military service. Find this exhibit, as well as another WWII story, Wyoming Prisoner of War Camps, in Wyoming Places.

The Heart Mountain Sentinel is part of the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection, found on GoWYLD.net under Wyoming.

For more information about the Heart Mountain exhibit, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or Jessica Otto, WSL Digital Initiatives Specialist, at jessica.otto@wyo.gov.

If you have a question about this or any other article, please contact us at statelibrary@wyo.gov

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