2016 is a milestone year for Densho. Twenty years ago a group of community volunteers met in an old church building to talk about doing an oral history project. Our discussion started with an idea to interview a few Japanese Americans in Seattle about their experience during World War II. But the discussion quickly segued into recognizing the emergence of digital technology and how we could create an online historical resource with interviews, photographs, documents, and curriculum that could reach students and teachers across the country.
Twenty years later the original vision of Densho is still in place thanks to the support of many of you who are reading this message. Your support, whether it’s sharing a historic image, forwarding a blog post, telling us about your action for social justice, or making a financial contribution has helped us create an award-winning, online historical resource about the World War II Japanese American experience that has been used by over a million visitors. And perhaps most importantly, your support and encouragement has given us a stronger voice in sharing the Japanese American story while speaking out against racism and bigotry.
Please take a look at www.densho.org to see what we are doing and let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org what you think of our online materials or anything else you want to share with me. Your ideas and fresh insights provide new ways for us to think.
Happy New Year!