The National Park Service is holding public workshops for those interested in the future of the Tule Lake Unit, which preserves the site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, an internment camp where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Two of the upcoming workshops will be in Seattle this week:
- 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Japanese Community Cultural Center, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle
- 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, at the Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity Conference, Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle
Between 1942 and 1949, more than 29,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated at the Tule Lake camp in Northern California, one of 10 such camps in the United States. Two-thirds of those incarcerated were U.S. citizens.
The park service’s Tule Lake Unit is to preserve, study and interpret the history and setting of Tule Lake.
The public meetings will result in a plan that identifies how to effectively protect the site and educate the public about the period. The NPS will hold meetings from June through September at locations in three states
Current information about the unit plan and other meeting times are available online. Comments may be sent to tule_superintendent.nps.gov. The public comment period will close on Oct. 11, 2013.