| Little Tokyo Historical Society's Time Has Come
A wide-ranging group of persons interested in preserving
Little Tokyo as an historic resource have come together to announce the
formation of the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS). The
inaugural meeting of the Little Tokyo Historical Society will be held on
Saturday, July 15, 2006 from 10 am to noon at the Japanese American
National Museum (JANM).
The goal of the
historical society is to collect stories,
photographs, documents, and other historic materials related to the history of
Los Angeles's Little Tokyo neighborhood in order to preserve as well as share
those stories and materials to a greater community in innovative and creative
According to Bill Watanabe, Executive Director of the Little Tokyo
Service Center, who is acting as the convener for this group, "There are many
people who are interested in doing something to help preserve our historic
ethnic neighborhood. We are inviting all interested persons to come to the
inaugural meeting of the Little Tokyo Historical Society. If you would like to join and participate, please contact us
and let us know you are coming."
People are welcome to bring photos and
stories (the older the better!) of Little Tokyo to share with the
There are currently several other
historical societies around
the nation that focus on Japanese American history. Many of these work
on collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of
historical information about various Japanese American experiences.
the goal of the Little Tokyo Historical Society would be to
on the JA community located in Little Tokyo.
With the materials gathered by the
historical society, many possibilities lie on the horizon. Many of the
activities will be discussed at the first planning meeting, including
the possibility of publishing a book on the history of Little Tokyo.
Other ideas include a
digital compilation of the material to be placed on a comprehensive
website. In addition, the collection, preservation and sharing of the
of Little Tokyo is also a key factor in the preservation of Little
Deanna Matsumoto, a professionally trained historic
preservationist, remarked that "It is important to research and document the
historic sites, buildings, and stories that make up our ethnic community
heritage, and how our forefathers helped to build up this city over 100 years
ago. I hope we can get a good number of interested people to come and join
us, and it should be fun to learn about how real historic preservation work can
be done by volunteers!"
With that said, the Historical Society would cordially
invite you to attend their first meeting. In addition, there will be a photo taken
of the first historic meeting of the Little Tokyo Historical Society!
interested in attending, please RSVP to Craig Ishii (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 213-473-3022).
There are several parking options for the meeting: Joe's Parking Lot on San
Pedro between 2nd and 3rd is $3, Lot 7 next to the Museum
of Contemporary Art behind JANM is $4 and the lot directly across from JANM is
Hope to see you there!!