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Our Interpretive Exhibition – The Defining Courage Experience

Photo by Bernhard Mueller, Quatrefoil Associates

In 2016, we opened our new interpretive exhibition to the public. The Defining Courage Experience is a hands-on and participatory learning center in the heart of Los Angeles' Little Tokyo historic district. The exhibition explores the concept of courage through the lives of the young Japanese Americans of World War II, and asks modern visitors to act with similar courage in their own lives.

The exhibition is one-of-a-kind in its dynamic, hands-on, and experience-based approach, engaging visitors through participatory learning experiences. These experiences teach the history of the Japanese American World War II story and its relevance to our lives today. This isn't your typical history museum!

You will discover the courage of World War II soldiers, civilians, men and women whose actions have meaning today. You will ponder over choices to be made, feel the triumph of challenges overcome, and the heartbreak of lives lost. You will get to know ordinary people who became extraordinary heroes along the way. And in the process, you will re-think what courage means to you.

Photos by Jon Endow

Location:

355 E. 1st Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Photos by David Koizumi

The exhibition was made possible in part through the generous support of a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessary reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

This exhibition received Federal financial assistance for the preservation and interpretation of US confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the US Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally funded assisted projects. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.


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