Defining Courage Exhibition
HOURS: Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M
We are pleased to announce the official reopening of the Defining Courage permanent exhibition. GFBNEC is also proud to present a new Medal of Honor display featuring the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Star medals of Pfc. Ryo “Joe” Hayashi (100th/442nd RCT). A special thank you to the Watanabe family for allowing GFBNEC the opportunity to share Joe’s story and his medals.
In 2016, we opened our interpretive exhibition, Defining Courage, to the public. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo historic district, this exhibition explores the concept of courage through the lives of the young Japanese Americans of WWII, 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.
This 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.
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