Topaz Museum Announces Community Outreach for Wakasa Monument

DELTA, Utah – The Topaz Museum Board is pleased to announce the launch of an online community survey to submit ideas and opinions on the future of the Wakasa Monument and ways to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the murder of James Hatsuaki Wakasa .

People are invited to complete the online survey by visiting the newly created site, www.TopazCommunityOutreach.com, where it can be accessed. The survey will also be available on the website as a downloadable PDF file to complete and mail.

Feedback collected, combined with recommendations from the National Park Service, will inform the development of a project plan. This plan will provide executable guidelines for the long-term preservation and interpretation of the monument, inform a

80th anniversary of Wakasa’s death commemoration program and speech

future outreach and community engagement activities at the Topaz Museum.

On April 11, 1943, Wakasa was shot by a guard in Topaz. Incarcerated

erected a stone monument in his honor, but were forced to remove it by the army. The

The Wakasa Monument was considered lost until its discovery in 2020, where it was buried at

the Topaz concentration camp, and partially uncovered over time, due to erosion. He is

now in the courtyard of the Topaz Museum in a secure and protected place.

The online survey is one of three methods by which the Topaz Museum reaches out to

the community for comments. In addition, four in-person community meetings will take place:

• Saturday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST at J-Sei, 1285 66e Street, Emeryville

• Saturday, August 13, 1-3 p.m. PST at Konko Church, 1909 Bush St., San Francisco

• Friday, August 26, 4-6 p.m. MT at RJ Law Community Center, 75 W. Main St., Delta, Utah

• Saturday, August 27, 1-3 p.m. MT at Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, 211 W. 100S., Salt Lake City, Utah

In addition, two virtual community meetings will take place:

• Monday, August 15, 6-7:30 p.m. PST

• Tuesday, August 30, 5-6:30 p.m. PST

You can find more details about the online survey, community meetings and general outreach plan at www.TopazOutreachCommunity.com or by emailing [email protected] This project is supported by a grant from the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership.

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