Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will host three special programs about the history of the site this winter. Staff will present the programs “Winter Inside Heart Mountain” on Saturday, January 20; “Kids Behind Barbed Wire” on Saturday, February 24; and “Putting Food on the Table” on Saturday, March 24. All programs will begin at 1 p.m. and are free with museum admission.
“Winter Inside Heart Mountain,” the first program in the series, will focus on the most difficult season for those incarcerated in the Heart Mountain camp. The thin walls of the residential barracks and the meager coal rations provided little protection against the elements for the Japanese Americans held here. Even so, attendees to the program will learn that winter was a time when Heart Mountain residents pulled together for strength, celebrated their makeshift community, and even managed to have a little fun
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center tells the story of some 14,000 Japanese Americans unjustly incarcerated in Wyoming from 1942 through 1945.