Panama Hotel Internment Relics to be Catalogued

July 30, 2015 by Tim Mikulski

The National Trust has received a grant of $137,178 from the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program to inventory, document, catalogue, and research the collection of objects left behind in the basement of Seattle’s Panama Hotel at the time of Japanese American internment that were never reclaimed after World War II.

“The National Trust and our partners in this effort are thrilled to receive full funding for our proposal,Left Behind: Documenting the Japanese American Collections at the Panama Hotel,” said Sheri Freemuth, field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “This grant allows us to bring to life some of the stories of the more than 110,000 Japanese Americans and those of Japanese descent taken from their homes during this dark time in American history.”

Conservation priorities identified during the inventory process will guide the recommendations for the preservation and interpretation of the Panama Hotel collection. The goal is to include a searchable database with photos, description, and a condition for each object as well as reports outlining key objects of significance and steps for the future of the items.

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