Japanese American National Museum Free Admission Thursday

Japanese American National Museum Free Admission Thursday
Jan 24

Japanese American National Museum Free Admission Thursday

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Free Admission Thursday at Japanese American National Museum - see INFO below. The Japanese American National Museum is the first museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry as an integral part of U.S. history. Through its comprehensive collection of Japanese American objects, images and documents, as well as multi-faceted exhibitions, educational programs, documentaries and publications, the National Museum shares the Japanese American story with a national and international audience. The National Museum was established in Los Angeles to preserve the rich heritage and cultural identity of Japanese Americans. In 1982, businessmen in L.A.s Little Tokyo began exploring the possibility of building a Japanese American museum, as did a separate group of highly decorated World War II veterans. A representative from the financial group proposed incorporating a museum into a planned Little Tokyo residential complex, while veterans of the famed 442 nd Regimental Combat Team sponsored a Japanese American Soldier exhibition at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Natural History. The two groups soon joined forces, and in 1985 the Japanese American National Museum was incorporated as a private, nonprofit institution. Over the next several years, volunteers sought backing from community groups. In 1985, California State Senator Art Torres introduced a funding bill that acknowledged the major contributions Japanese Americans have made to the social, cultural and economic spheres of California, and the state legislature soon appropriated 750,000 toward the Museum on the condition that Los Angeles provide matching funds. At the urging of the volunteer corps, the City of Los Angeles granted a 1 million match the following year.

when: January 24 @ 4pm - 7pm
where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA (map)
price: Free
INFO: Free general admission every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month. Phone: 213-625-0414 Website
category: Arts & Culture
 

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