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How to Read a Cemetery


Join Skagit Valley Genealogical Society and Sylvia Ammons to learn how to gather the information found on local cemetery tombstones. Genealogy societies use this information to publish cemetery books. These books are a helpful resource for families who do not live in the area but wish to know what is written on a deceased family member's gravestone.


• Sat 5/11/19 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion


In March of 1942, 227 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on Bainbridge Island by the US Army. Starting with this small community, a national strategy began, with more than 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II. Clarence Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now? Moriwaki uses historical images, including historical and current propaganda, to explore the fear, racism, and failure of political leadership that led to these unconstitutional actions during World War II, and why we must not let it happen again. This presentation is part of Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau program.


• Sat 5/18/19 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM