The Associated Press Staff
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Park County has been recognized with an award from the American Association of Museums.
The site of a World War II Japanese American internment camp received the association’s “Eloquent Presentation of Topic” award.
The Heart Mountain center opened in August 2011. The 11,000-square-foot interpretive center includes permanent displays and exhibits developed to showcase how the U.S. government denied basic rights to people of Japanese ancestry following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The exhibits are told from the perspective of the internees and highlight their pre-war lives on the West Coast, forced evacuation and travel to Heart Mountain, where they settled into their barracks and lives as prisoners. (end)