WHAT: Japanese American Veterans, Densho and Wing Luke Museum members go on an interpretive hike marking the 70th anniversary of the Japanese American Internment in WWII. Visiting historic and archaeological sites on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, participants will learn from archaeologists and field experts about the experiences of Japanese pioneers whose labor was instrumental in developing the American West. Participants include: a WWII Veteran who served on the decorated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team; descendants of pioneer Japanese American laborers who worked out of Skykomish, Wash.; and the sisters of Wing Luke, the first Asian Pacific American elected official in the Pacific Northwest, elected to Seattle City Council in 1962, and the museum’s namesake.
WHO: Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee, Densho, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest staff. Approximately 20 people are registered for each hike.
WHERE & WHEN:
Monte Cristo, Aug. 24-25
Monte Cristo became the center of a mining boom in 1889 with the discovery of gold and silver bearing ores. Archaeologists have marked out areas of Monte Cristo townsite, including quarters for Japanese American labor crews that built and serviced the railway line.
7:30 p.m. Visit at the Granite Falls Historical Museum
7 a.m. Board bus for Monte Cristo trail
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Hike the trail and explore Monte Cristo
Iron Goat, Sept. 8
The Iron Goat Trail follows the abandoned Great Northern Railway route, which was the best engineered of the transcontinental railways. The project employed nearly 800 workers, mostly immigrants, including many Japanese.
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Explore Iron Goat Trail at Wellington Trailhead
2 p.m. Stop at Deception Falls
CONTACT: Cassie Chinn, deputy executive director of the Wing Luke Museum, 206-409-1332.