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After the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, roughly 110,000 Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps across the United States. Colorado Governor Ralph Carr fought to bring a camp to Colorado, where he felt its internees would be safe from harm. The Granada Relocation Center, more commonly known as Amache, held 7,567 internees - making it the tenth largest city in Colorado.
Led by student volunteers from Granada High School, the Amache Preservation Society maintains the site of the Granada Relocation Center, hosts the Amache Museum, and gives presentations to students around the state and the world to educate them on the significance of this National Historic Landmark.
Densho educates young and old about the World War II detention of Japanese Americans to promote respect for civil liberties. Their free online archive contains over 700 hours of indexed and transcribed video interviews and 10,000 historic photos and documents.
As the designated steward of Colorado history, History Colorado aspires to engage people in our State's heritage through collecting, preserving, and discovering the past in order to educate and provide perspectives for the future. As part of their "Colorado Stories" exhibit, the History Colorado Center in Denver includes an interactive recreation of life in Amache.
Many of the photographs and images appearing in Colorado Experience were provided by the Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department. Their renowned online collection contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents that chronicle the people, places, and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States.
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