2008 National Conference » Speakers

Donna Graves

Project Director, Preserving California's Japantowns

Donna Graves is a public arts and cultural planner, historian and writer based in Berkeley, California. She has nearly 20 years experience developing public history projects throughout California that document and interpret the state’s diverse history. Graves is currently project director for Preserving California’s Japantowns, a statewide effort to document over 40 pre-war Nikkei communities, and is co-author with Gail Dubrow of the book Sento at Sixth and Main: Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004). Graves served as Project Director for the City of Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Memorial, and worked with the City and National Park Service to initiate, plan and implement the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, which includes a permanent interpretive exhibit about the experience of local Japanese Americans and Italian Americans thanks to a grant Graves received from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. She holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and an M.A. in American Civilization from Brown University.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Preserving a Historic Place: Nihonmachi in California and the Interior West
Donna Graves, Project Director, Preserving California's Japantowns
Sojin Kim, Curator of History, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Kara Miyagishima, Historian - Intermountain Region, National Park Service
Raymond Uno, Judge (Retired)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Mineral Hall B & C, 3rd Floor
Topic: Defining, Preserving and Expanding the Community