CyArk to Digitally Preserve Japanese American Confinement Sites

National Park Service selects CyArk as one of 24 projects for 2011 Grants Cycle

by Elizabeth Lee
July 6, 2011
CyArk receives $240,000 towards the digital preservation of three Japanese American Confinement Sites. CyArk, in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver, Densho, and the War Relocation Authority (WRA) sites of Tule Lake, Topaz, and Manzanar, will digitally preserve three sites in order to share the history of the unjust treatment of over 110,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

Digital preservation of the Japanese American Confinement Sites will result in digital reconstructions of each of the sites during their use, mobile applications for interpretation of the sites, an on-site kiosk, an online interactive web portal for the wide-spread dissemination of the story of the sites, and the archiving of all digital records of the project. This will be accomplished through 3D documentation and geo-location of remaining historic resources, collection and geo-location of existing historic images and oral histories, and the creation of rich new media.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar officially announced the National Park Service award of 24 grants totaling $2.9 million to preserve and interpret sites where Japanese Americans were confined during World War II.

“The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is an unfortunate part of the story of our nation’s journey, but it is a part that needs to be told,” Salazar said. “As Winston Churchill noted, ‘Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ If we are to live up to the ideals expressed in the Constitution, we must learn not only from the glorious moments of our nation’s history but also from the inglorious moments.”

“These places, where more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly held, testify to the alarming fragility of our constitutional rights in the face of prejudice and fear,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The National Park Service is honored to help preserve these sites and tell their stories, and thus prevent our nation from forgetting a shameful episode in its past.”

CyArk is honored to receive this grant and looks forward to preserving these places and their stories.
Map Showing Location of Three Sites to be Digitally Preserved