NVC Newsletter

13th Annual Minidoka Pilgrimage in June

March 2015, Volume 65, Issue 3

The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee announces the 2015 pilgrimage dates are Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28, 2015.

In 1942, almost 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry living in Washington and Oregon, most of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes and sent to a desolate “concentration camp" near Twin Falls, Idaho. This summer, the 13th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends - from Seattle, Portland and across the nation - to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends. The number of participants is limited, so register soon.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage officially begins with dinner in Twin Falls, Idaho on Thursday evening, June 25. On Friday, we feature a full day of educational programming. On Saturday, the group tours the Minidoka National Historic Site followed by small group discussions to learn and share experiences of the incarceration experience. On Sunday morning, we will conclude our pilgrimage with a commemorative closing ceremony at Minidoka National Historic Site.

Pilgrimage Details

Registration forms and additional information for the pilgrimage can be found at www.minidokapilgrimage.org.

There are two different registration packages:

·       The Seattle/Bellevue package includes bus transportation from Bellevue, Washington to Twin Falls, Idaho. The registration fee is $400.00.

·       The Boise/Twin Falls Package requires participants to provide their own transportation to Twin Falls, Idaho. The registration fee is $200.00.

*** There is a discount on both packages for children under 12 and seniors 75 years and older.

The registration fee includes meals and all activities during the pilgrimage, but participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Please review the Hotel and Information document and the Registration Form for more information on Pilgrimage packages (Seattle and Twin Falls) on the Minidoka Pilgrimage web site: www.minidokapilgrimage.org.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee is excited to once again offer a SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP for those who are over 80 years of age and were imprisoned in any of the American concentration camps during WWII. Please review the Senior Scholarship Registration Form to apply for the scholarship.

All forms and information can be found on the Minidoka Pilgrimage website at: www.minidokapilgrimage.org.

For other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com.

For those who cannot access the forms and information by computer, please leave your name and address with Dale H Watanabe and they can be mailed to you. Phone: (206) 296-2156 or Email: watanad@seattleu.edu