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.
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.”