John Tanaka Panel from the Empty Chair exhibit, JDCM EDU 0504.
A smaller version of our 2014 summer exhibit: The Empty Chair: The Forced Removal and Resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community, 1941-1951 will be installed at the NEW Mendenhall Library at Dimond Park. We’ve taken five of the exhibit panels from the original exhibit telling the history of World War II in Juneau, the history of the Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho and the story of the Empty Chair. These panels are accompanied by World War II era items from the City Museum’s permanent collection, including an Army canteen and a travel permit. And, of course, the Empty Chair Memorial is permanently installed at Capital School Park downtown and is well worth a visit when in the area. Also, copies of Greg Chaney’s documentary The Empty Chair are available for sale in the Museum’s gift shop.
The Empty Chair—Valley Edition can be viewed as soon as the Valley Library opens on October 5th, and will be on display through May, 2016.