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April Lecturer's Personal Presentation Impressed the Crowd

The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is a troubling chapter within the history of the United States. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, authorized the creation of 'exclusion zones' which separated those of Japanese origin from their neighbors.

More than 120,000 Americans were forced to leave their homes and relocated for three years in one of 10 prison camps. Not one relocated person was ever convicted of anything in connection to Executive Order 9066.

Elaine Kaneshiro, a retired teacher within Chicago Public Schools, spoke movingly about her family's experience and described the impact it had on her grandparents, parents, and their friends.

Using pictures taken by photographers hired by the United States government, Elaine showed the Levy Center crowd what life was like in the incarceration camps and how her relatives thrived in spite of terrible circumstances.

Article provided by Wendi Kromash, LSCF Board Member


About the Lecture Series

The Levy Senior Center Foundation continues their new lecture series this year for residents 55+ years who are passionate about learning.

All lectures will be held in the Linden Room at the Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Avenue in Evanston. The lectures are free, but registration is required.

Reserve your place in one of three easy ways: visit, call (847) 448-8250 or stop by the center’s front desk. Space is limited and lectures fill up quickly, so be sure to register early.


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