SHERIDAN — Sam Mihara, a member of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, will speak at the Whitney Center for the Arts March 14 at 7 p.m.
Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American.
His parents were born in Japan and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1920s. Sam was born in the early 1930s and raised in San Francisco. When World War II began, the U.S. government forced Mihara and his family to move, first to a detention camp in Pomona, California, and then to a remote prison camp in northern Wyoming, where they stayed for three years.
The camp was one of 10 in the U.S. Together the camps housed a total of 120,000 West Coast residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them U.S.-born American citizens. Mahara’s family lived in a single room, measuring 20-by-20 feet, for their entire imprisonment.
Mihara developed the “Memories of Heart Mountain” presentation to educate people and help ensure such civil rights violations don’t happen again. In it, he tells the story of his family and what happened to them, why the camps were created and the important lessons that were learned from this experience.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College is located at 1 Whitney Way.