Originally named Go For Broke, NJAHS changed its name in 1986 to reflect its efforts to share the broader story of the community it represents.
This group conducts events, exhibits and programs around WWII confinement sites as well as other aspects of Japanese American history.
It is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of historical information of the Japanese American experience for the diverse broader national and global community. NJAHS develops and presents of exhibitions, publications, videos, interactive multimedia and public programs of the historical events, personalities, the arts and cultural crafts to museums, schools, and community centers internationally.
Programs, Resources and Services include:
- The Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center
Crissy Field, Presidio of San Francisco, CA
- Exhibitions: Since 1981, NJAHS has produced ground-breaking exhibitions both in its own Peace Gallery as well as in numerous larger venues such as the Oakland Museum of California, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bishop Museum, among others.
- Public Programs: NJAHS also presents an annual series of community events in its Gallery and at community venues that integrate public education with other interpretative activities including visual and performing arts.
- Publications: NJAHS publishes the journal Nikkei Heritage as well as special publications including the upcoming First Class, which tells the story of the first class in the Military Intelligence Service Language at Building 640 in the Presidio of San Francisco.
- The Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center: This project in collaboration with the National Park Service and The Presidio Trust, which has received $3.58 Million in federal appropriations to date, will rehabilitate for reuse Building 640 in the Presidio of San Francisco as an interpretive center that will advance the legacy of the Japanese Americans of the Military Intelligence Service as well as the 442nd/100th Battalion Nisei soldiers in the context of Japanese American history.
- Historical Walking Tours of Japantown: NJAHS Japantown Cultural Heritage Walk will guide you on a walking tour of discovery - of 100 years of history of one of the last remaining Japantowns in America.
- Free educational public programs and events: NJAHS holds dozens of public events each year from hands on workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and performances in venues such as the NJAHS Peace Gallery to the Sundance Kabuki Cinema to the Oakland Museum of California to multigenerational and multicultural audiences throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Class Kits: The Camp Class Kit can be used for hands-on activities in the Japanese American WWII internment. These ready-to-use materials for a class of 34 help engage students in developing decision-making and critical-thinking skills.
- Summer Internships: NJAHS has a very successful summer internship and digital storytelling program. We have worked with high school and college youth to produce digital stories highlighting their personal experiences with their Japanese American heritage and 2 videos on the theme of $20 a day in Japantown that promote Japantown businesses that can be currently seen on www.youtube.com.
- Research Resources: NJAHS serves as a vital source of information for individuals and organizations seeking information about the Japanese American experience. Among its many resources are: 1) NJAHS Archives and Collections 2) Back issues of its magazine Nikkei Heritage online. 3) Educational tools for Teachers and Educators. 4) Links to online information on various topics from the Military Intelligence Service to the history of San Francisco Japantown.
1684 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115-3604