Museum Project

The  WWII Japanese American Internment Museum Project co-chairs are  Jeff Owyoung  (email:  jeffowyoung@sbcglobal.net ) and Melissa Gober (email:  melissa_gober@yahoo.com ).  If you have questions or information, please contact Jeff or Melissa.

Current status of the project:  01/06/2011 –  The project is moving forward with plans for completion by the end of 2011.  The design for the museum’s interior layout was finalized recently and can be viewed by opening the following attachment:

Museum Interior Layout (click to open)

A meeting is scheduled the evening of January 13 at the Railroad Depot Museum Meeting Room to provide feedback regarding the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Camp Interpretive Plan.  This meeting will include the local McGehee group involved in the project, plus the interpretive consultants, as well as representatives from Dermott, Dumas, Little Rock, the State Historic Preservation Program (Department of Arkansas Heritage) and the National Park Service.

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The WWII Japanese American Internment Museum Project Committee is seeking donations  and information for this project:

  • knowledge / history (written and oral)
  • artifacts, memorabilia
  • funding (gifts, grants, donations) Donations can be mailed to the McGehee Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 521, McGehee AR 71654 – please designate donation for WWII Japanese American Internment Museum Project

On September 14, 2010, representatives from the Industrial Foundation met with Beth Wiedower, Director of the Arkansas Rural Heritage Development Initiative, Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Director of the Arkansas Heritage SITES program from Arkansas State University and representatives from the 106 Group from Minneapolis, Minnesota (www.106group.com) to discuss the plans for the WWII Japanese American Internment Museum located in McGehee.  Arkansas State University has received a Grant to prepare an interpretative program and the Industrial Foundation and WWII Japanese American Internment Museum Committee plan to work with the Arkansas State University group and their consultant (The 106 Group) to coordinate interpretative work for the Rohwer Site and the WWII Japanese American Internment Museum.  The group had a very productive two-hour informational and brain-storming meeting sharing ideas and determining priorities.   

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