The Poston Experience: Paving The Way for the Next Generations

August 24, 2019 | 11 AM to 1 PM
Anaheim High School

811 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, California

The history, of the Japanese pioneers and their descendants in Anaheim before WWII and their education at Anaheim High School, has never been featured in a major educational event here in Anaheim and now you can become part of this time in history. The majority of the Japanese and Japanese American students from the Anaheim High School Classes of 1942 – 1945 were evacuated to a Japanese American incarceration camp in Poston, Arizona and they were not able to complete their education at Anaheim or become part of their school’s graduation due to their forced relocation.

To preserve the legacy of these Japanese American students, we have created a special two hour program that will feature Orange County leaders who went to Poston during WWII, a special presentation about an Anaheim pioneer family represented by Anaheim High School Class of 1962 graduate Marlene Shigekawa who will talk about the Shigekawa family and her work in preserving the legacy of the Poston, Arizona camp where she was born, and student vocal renditions of songs from that time. Panelists, who will be part of the panel discussion, will include Don Miyada, Robert M. Wada, Marlene Shigekawa, Tom Leatherman representing the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, and special guest Gania Demaree-Trotter AHS Class of 1944, whose father Dr. Paul H. Demaree was principal of Anaheim Union High School from 1941 to 1954.

A new and original 10 minute documentary, which is being produced by the AUHSD Summer Film Academy high school students entitled “Remember Us: An Historic Chapter at Anaheim High School, will make its debut at “The Poston Experience” program.

Registrations are now being accepted on a first come, first served basis.

A $10 cash or check donation is being accepted as admission for the event with the monies going towards the Ruth Ikeda Matsuda Scholarship Fund for Anaheim High School student scholarships. Attendees must pre-register for the event to be admitted.

Special Thanks – Supporters

Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim High School, Anaheim High School Alumni Association, Anaheim Elementary School District, Poston Community Alliance, and SELANOCO JACL