On August 20, 2011, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center will open in northwest Wyoming, not far from the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is a new museum and educational facility at the site of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, where more than 14,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were incarcerated between 1942 and 1945. I've been working on the core exhibit and introductory film for several years now, and am getting excited about the Grand Opening we are planning. It should be an emotional weekend, with many people returning to the site for the first time since they were released from imprisonment more than 65 years ago.
We are especially proud of the introductory film that visitors to the Center will see in our theater space. The film, entitled "All We Could Carry," was made for us by Steven Okazaki, who won an Academy Award in 1990 for his film "Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo", which was set at Heart Mountain. This clip will give you a flavor: