1000 Cranes and Counting

A table full of serious fun.

A table full of serious fun.


The crane folding event at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum was a resounding success.  It was a mix of children, young adults and adults. People kept stopping in over the two hours. At one point, Karleen Grummett reported, “After all the teaching had stopped and people were folding, a moment of zen hit and it was absolutely quiet except for the sounds of paper folding. My heart just melted. This small group made over 200 cranes in that time…all novices.  Hooray!”

Joanne Wilder instructs.

Joanne Wilder instructs.

A big thank you to the instructors:  Betty Marriott, Joanne Wilder, Joyce Mill and Jeanne Hansen. They made everyone feel successful! Thanks also to Jackie Triplette for coordinating yet another event as well as helping to instruct. She provided bubbly punch and the museum set out coffee and tea to compliment Joyce Hall’s Easter Peeps. Enough sugar was provided to keep everyone going.


Jeanne Hansen helps Kris Gray and Joyce Mill (standing) oversees David Gray's lesson.

Jeanne Hansen helps Kris Gray and Joyce Mill (standing) oversees David Gray’s lesson.


Those participating were Anne Fuller, Ian Fuller, Barbara Pavitt, Mary Diven, Daemon Cook, Allen Cook, Sheridan Cook, Abigail Cook, Stacy Eldemar, Bruce Kato, Lindsey Kato, Jacki Smail, Russell Strandtmann, David Gray, Kris Gray, Janie Homan, Karleen Grummett, Jackie Triplette, Betty Marriott, Joyce Mill, Joanne Wilder and the Barnhill family of Peggy, Jamie, Laura and Johnny.


Ann Fuller, Bruce and Lindsey Kato.

Ann Fuller, Bruce and Lindsey Kato.


We are very grateful for everyone’s help on our way to 1000 cranes…..and more.


Come Fold Cranes With Us This Saturday

You are invited to a crane folding event this Saturday, April 19th from 1-3 at the Juneau- Douglas City Museum.

Previously nine ladies gathered at organizer Jackie Triplette’s home on Monday, April 14 to make origami cranes. The majority were Juneau High School students when Mary Tanaka was attending.



On the left, Jeanne Hansen and Joyce Mill taught the group to fold cranes. Jackie Triplette, standing, organized the three of them this winter to start making cranes. To the right of Jackie are Susie Ronsee and Joanne Wilder.



Here Jeanne Hansen is helping Kathy Hildre and Sheri Dye with their crane folding. Not shown: Karleen Grummett and Linda Kvasnikoff.


The crane is considered a symbol of peace and hope and the 1,000 we have in mind to grace the memorial on its dedication day is considered a particularly fortuitous number.

With Monday’s four-hour session Jackie estimates there are over 500 cranes now completed. She has organized a community crane-making event at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum with Jane Lindsay, museum director, for this Saturday, April 19, from 1-3. All are welcome to attend.

Minidoka Pilgrimage

Announcing the 12th Annual Minidoka Pilgrimage and the 72nd Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.

In a recent press release, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee announced that the 2014 pilgrimage dates are Thursday, June 19 through Sunday, June 22, 1014.

“Pilgrimage Details

In 1942 almost 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry living in Washington and Oregon, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp” near Twin Falls, Idaho. This summer, the 12th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families and friends –  from Seattle, Portland and across the nation – to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends. Participation is limited.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage officially begins in Twin Falls, Idaho on Thursday evening, June 19, for dinner. On Friday, this year will feature a full day of educational programming. On Saturday, the group tours the Minidoka National Park Site followed with small group discussions to learn and share experiences of the incarceration experience. On Sunday morning, we will conclude our pilgrimage with a commemorative closing ceremony at Minidoka National Park Site.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee is excited to once again offer a “SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP” for those who are over 80 years of age and were imprisoned in any of the American concentration camps during WWII. Please review the Senior Scholarship Registration Form to apply for the scholarship.

Registration forms and additional information for the pilgrimage can be found at http://www.minidokapilgrimage.org.

There are two different registration packages.

1. The Seattle/Bellevue package includes bus transportation from Bellevue, Washington to Twin Falls, Idaho. The registration fee is   $385.00.

2. The Boise/Twin Falls Package requires participants to provide their own transportation to Twin Falls, Idaho. The price is $185.00.

There is a discount on both packages for children and seniors 75 years and older.

The registration fee includes meals and all activities during the pilgrimage. Lodging must be made by each participant. Please review the Hotel and Information document and the Registration Form for more information on Pilgrimage packages. This information can be found on the Minidoka Pilgrimage web site at http://www.MinidokaPilgrimage.org.

All forms and information can be found on the Minidoka Pilgrimage website at http://www.minidokapilgrimage.org.

For those who cannot access the forms and information by computer, please leave your name and address with Dale H. Watanabe at 206-296-6260 and they can be mailed to you.”