From the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program – National Park Service, Intermountain Region
FY 2017 Grant Award
Project Title: Tuna Canyon Detention Station Legacy Project
Grant Award: $54,000
The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition will conduct at least 25 interviews with descendants of Tuna Canyon detainees and produce a video to enhance viewers’ experiences of “Only the Oaks Remain: The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Traveling Exhibit.” The video, including full interview transcripts, will be made available to students, researchers, and the general public on the Coalition’s website. There are no detainees still living, but their descendants’ recollections and reactions to archival materials, including their family’s letters and government case files, will provide invaluable oral histories of Tuna Canyon.
FY 2015 Grant Award
Recipient: San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center (Pacoima, CA)
Project Title: Only the Oaks Remain: The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Traveling Exhibit
Grant Award: $102,190
The San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center will create a museum-quality traveling exhibit to tell the story of the former Tuna Canyon Detention Station in Tujunga, California. The exhibit will include the names of the more than 2,000 people of Japanese, Italian, German, and Japanese-Peruvian descent detained at Tuna Canyon, along with brief biographies of several detainees. The traveling exhibit also will include video interviews with detainees’ children, and a diorama and model of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, which was torn down in 1960.
Congratulations! We are pleased to announce that your grant proposal, Only the Oaks Remain: The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Traveling Exhibit, submitted for the Fiscal Year 2015 Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program has been selected for funding.
The National Park Service received a total of 36 applications, requesting over $5.7 million Federal share, for the Fiscal Year 2015 grant cycle. The proposals reflected a wide range of project types, including oral history, interpretation and education, documentation, planning, preservation, and capital projects. The grants were evaluated and awarded in a competitive process, and matched $2 in federal money for every $1 in non-federal funds and “in-kind” contributions by the grant recipients.