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Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center Opens

The Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center opened it’s doors on August 20, with 500 former internees and a crowd of 1,400 making the journey to Powell, WY. Some prominent guests were in attendance and participated in the Center’s opening ceremony, including Tom Brokaw, Judge Lance Ito, former Secratary of Commerce and Transportation Norman Mineta, and Senator Daniel Inouye.

The opening of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center has received a great deal of press coverage from media outlets all across the country. Follow the collection of links below to read about the opening, exhibits, and the internee experience at Heart Mountain.


Tom Ashbrook, of Boston NPR affiliate 90.9 WBUR ,interviewed Heart Mountain Foundation board members Eric Muller, Shirley Ann Higuchi, and Toshi Ito.

Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese-American newspaper out of Los Angeles, has provided a detailed account of the opening ceremony and the years of hard work that went into making the Center a reality. They also published the recollections of Bacon Sakatini, a former Heart Mountain internee.

KULR in Billings, MT, has video of the opening and tells the story of a couple who were married at Heart Mountain returning to see the museum.

You can read more at Reuters, Capser Star-Tribune, and Cody Enterprise.







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