Finding Solace in the Soil: The Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Colorado’s Japanese American Internment Camp
May 5, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden > Ridgway Visitor Center > Shoenberg Theater
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In conjunction with Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archeology Collection, on display at the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum April 27 through May 12, the Garden is honored to welcome exhibit curator Dr. Bonnie J. Clark of the University of Denver for this special presentation. Admission is free.

Some of the most significant Japanese-style gardens in the United States are not to be found in botanical gardens or parks, but in WWII-era confinement camps. This presentation overviews the methods and results of six seasons of landscape archaeology at Amache, located in southeastern Colorado. The site contains an incredibly well-preserved record of how the people of Japanese ancestry incarcerated there transformed a hostile landscape through strategy and skill. By integrating a program of historical research, community engagement, and intensive garden archaeology, the University of Denver Amache project is expanding the view of what internee gardens are, how they were created, and their import, both to those who made them and us today.

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