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Center offers 
Minidoka tour

Express Arts Editor

It is one thing to ponder history in a purely intellectual manner and quite another to see the actual evidence of the events. To this end, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is offering a tour of the Minidoka Internment National Monument, located just 70 miles southeast of Ketchum. The tour takes place Saturday, Nov. 3, but the registration deadline is Friday. The Minidoka tour is part of a multidisciplinary project the center is putting on in an effort to examine the issues of hate and intolerance.

From Aug. 10, 1942, through Oct. 28, 1945, over 10,000 Japanese Americans were interned at the Minidoka Camp. Nationwide, another 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry were interned. Remarkably, two-thirds of these people were American citizens.

The tour will begin at the Sun Valley Center with an introduction to the Centerís exhibit, "Whispered Silences" by Visual Arts Director Jennifer Gately. Participants will then travel to the Jerome Historical Society, where barracks from the Minidoka site are currently located. Representatives from the Japanese American Citizens League will greet tour participants.

The next stop will be the still undeveloped site at Minidoka. Bob Dix, a Hailey teacher and artist, will guide the group through the different areas and artifacts at the site.

To sign up for the tour or for more information, call the Center at 726-9491.

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