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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Upcoming Exhibits

The Empty Chair: The Forced Removal & Resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community, 1941-1951

Exhibit Opens Monday, June 2, 2014

City Cafe Interior with Tanaka Family, 1938. Photograph provided by Mary (Tanaka) Abo and Alice (Tanaka) Hikido.

This exhibit tells the stories of the Japanese who were evacuated from Juneau during World War II and those who settled here afterwards. The “Empty Chair” refers to a seat left unfilled at the 1942 Juneau High School graduation ceremony. “Amidst this furor (of the evacuation of Japanese-Americans), a decision was made to hold a special graduation ceremony for Juneau High School’s 1942 Valedictorian, John Tanaka. Subsequently, when his class graduated in June, 1942, an empty, wooden folding chair was left to symbolize John’s absence, and by extension, an entire community of Japanese and Japanese-Americans,” states the Empty Chair Project website at Also on display will be collages by Juneau artist Fumi Matsumoto which capture the memory of the internment camps, and a video of Juneau during 1941-1955 created by Juneau filmmaker, Greg Chaney. The exhibit is being mounted in conjunction with the installation of the Empty Chair Memorial in Capital Park. An opening reception at the Museum will occur on July 12, from 12-5, concurrent with the dedication of that memorial.

Outside My Window

Exhibit Opens Friday, June 6, 2014

"My Three Plots at Juneau Community Garden" by Odette Edgar

Outside My Window is a quilt exhibit planned in collaboration with the Capital City Quilters and includes submissions from Juneau fiber and fabric artists who were inspired by the theme to make work that reflects life lived in the City and Borough of Juneau.