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Exhibit examines Skagit County residents sent to WWII internment camps

June 18, 2014

By Robert Mittendorf, The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.)

June 18--Less than two weeks are left to see "Relocation: The Impact of World War II on the Skagit Valley, a featured exhibit at the Skagit County Historical Museum.

It closes Sunday, June 29.

"The main part of the exhibit is representative of an internment camp where Japanese Americans were sent for relocation," said Jo Wolfe, the museum's fundraising and publicity coordinator. "It's a fenced-in area of the East Wing. It represents the space that families had to live in."

She said the exhibit features photographs and personal remembrances of daily life that examine issues such as of lack of privacy, community bathrooms, and the rules against visitors. It also lists the names and occupations of some 60 Skagit County residents who were among the thousands of U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry forced to leave their homes during World War II.

The Skagit County Historical Museum is at 501 S. Fourth St. in La Conner. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children 6-12. Museum members and children 5 and younger are admitted free. There's also a special family rate of $10 for two adults and two children. For more information about the museum, go to or call 360-466-3365.

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