Events

Listed below are public programs presented at the Japanese American National Museum in conjunction with Before They Were Heroes.

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015
9:30 AM—11:00 AM

Before They Were Heroes Upper Level Members Reception

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JANM members at the Director’s Circle, President’s Circle, and Chairman’s Circle levels are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and be the first to preview the new exhibition, Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images. This is the first exhibition organized as part of Sharing Our Stories, JANM’s new series of historical shows drawn from its extensive collection.

Look for your invitation in the mail. Please RSVP by July 7.

Reception Sponsors: Japanese American National Museum Volunteer Photographer Team: Stephen Fujimoto, Russell Kitagawa, Richard Murakami, Gary Ono, and Richard Watanabe

Sunday, July 12, 2015
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Before They Were Heroes Members Only Preview

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All JANM members are invited to preview the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images—the first exhibition organized as part of Sharing Our Stories, JANM’s new series of historical shows drawn from its extensive collection—before it opens to the public on Tuesday, July 14.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
2:00 PM

Members Only Conversation with Sus Ito

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Now 95 years old, Susumu “Sus” Ito, PhD and emeritus professor at Harvard Medical School, was a member of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

Smuggling a camera with him on his tour of duty, he took the breathtaking photographs on display in Before They Were Heroes, capturing the day-to-day lives of a group of young Japanese American soldiers. Dr. Ito’s war experiences included the rescue of the Lost Battalion and the liberation of a sub-camp of Dachau.

With moderator Don Nose, President of Go For Broke National Education Center, Ito will discuss his life during this critical period in American history.

This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Exhibition Opening: Before They Were Heroes

Public opening of the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
10:00 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Before They Were Heroes

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Join Dr. Sus Ito and curator Lily Tamai, PhD, on this exclusive guided tour of the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images.

This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
10:00 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Before They Were Heroes

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Join JANM Curator of History Lily Anne Yumi Welty Tamai, PhD, for an in-depth tour of the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images.

Limited to 25 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
2:00 PM

Before They Were Heroes Behind the Scenes Lecture

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Curator Lily Tamai, PhD, will discuss historical background, preservation issues, and the selection process that went into organizing the Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images exhibition.

This program is free with admission, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

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