POSTON RESTORATION PROJECT
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POSTON MEMORIAL MONUMENT
WW II VETERANS
History of the Poston Restoration
few of the thousands of buildings constructed at the Poston complex
remain standing. Most have been razed or moved in the intervening sixty
years. Even fewer internee-constructed buildings remain. Dr. Raoul Roko,
consultant to CRIT, conducted an intensive survey of the Poston camp
sites and surrounding areas on the reservation to inventory remaining
artifacts and structures during 1999-2000.
Recognizing the importance of the Poston site, the CRIT Tribal Council
in 1999, initiated a study centered on the restoration of a small portion
of the camp for educational and historical purposes. As part of the
tribes commitment to the concept, the council has set aside forty acres
of reservation land for the project.
It is within the spirit of this shared experience and history that representatives
of the CRIT and an ad hoc group of Poston internees including the Japanese
American Historical Society of San Diego have been informally working
to preserve and restore a portion of Poston for future generations.
Informal meetings have been held since 2001 throughout California and
Arizona leading to the current proposal to bring thirty representatives
of the tribes, the California internee community and residents of the
City of Parker together to move the Poston Restoration project to the
next logical phase.
So far, we have received funding for two workshops, June 7, 2003 and
October 23-25, 2004. These workshops have helped to outline the future
course of this project. Detailed summaries of these workshops can be
found on this site.