Located just 64 miles from Yellowstone's East entrance was the third largest "town" in Wyoming during World War II.
The "Heart Mountain Relocation Center" unjustly confined over 14,000 Japanese Americans (over two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens) between 1942 and 1945.
Today this National Historic Landmark still holds the remains of the old hospital, the reconstructed war memorial, an original housing barrack, and a new museum to tell the story.
The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center allows visitors to walk in the shoes of incarcerees. Their personal stories are told through interactive exhibits, oral history, an outdoor walking tour, and a WWII memorial.
Praise for Heart Mountain: The Heart Mountian Interpretive Center has received awards from: American Alliance of Museums, National Association of Interpretation, and the Wyoming Education Association
The New York Times praised the Interpretive Center for "powerfully commemorating" the "tragic consequences" of the government's wartime imprisonment of Japanese Americans.
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