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Finding Solace in the Soil: The Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Colorado’s Japanese American Internment Camp

April 28 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Free

Finding Solace in the Soil: The Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Colorado’s Japanese American Internment Camp

with Dr. Bonnie J. Clark, University of Denver

A Pacific Bonsai Museum Members-only talk

Wednesday, April 28 — 12noon

via Zoom

Free to members

Those of you who have seen our World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience exhibition know that Camp Amache, located in southeastern Colorado, was a site of incredible resourcefulness and ingenuity on behalf of the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated there. Despite facing the harshest growing conditions with few resources, incarcerees found a way to tend gardens, practice bonsai, and “make the desert bloom.”

Today, intensive garden archaeology conducted by the University of Denver Amache project has revealed an incredibly well-preserved record of the strategy and skill that Japanese Americans ingeniously applied to their gardens. Their research is expanding the view of what incarceree gardens are, how they were created, and their importance, both to those who made them and to all of us today.

Dr. Bonnie Clark,  Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver, has spent six seasons conducting landscape archaeological research at the site of Camp Amache.

She will share her methods and results with us and you can ask her questions. Bonnie will also share with you how you can make your own Amache-inspired garden.

Members can register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Klm46tWSRTOuxJP7AS8lpA

If you aren’t currently a member but would like to become one to support the museum, listen to this talk, receive discounts on class registrations, etc. you can join us at https://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/support/join/

Details

Date:
April 28
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Cost:
Free