Wyoming teachers recently attended a two-day professional development seminar focused on the historical and constitutional issues surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Wyoming History Day, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, and We the People: Project Citizen conducted seminar for teachers October 16–18, 2015, at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center at Heart Mountain, Wyoming.
The program was made possible by a grant from the John P. Ellbogen Foundation with support from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. The seminar was designed for teachers in grades 5 through 12.
Featured speakers included Sam Mihara, a lecturer and survivor of the Japanese–American internment camp at Heart Mountain, Michael Mackey, author and former instructor of history at Northwest Community College (Powell), Tyson Emborg, instructor of Advanced Placement United States Government at Sheridan High School, and Rick Ewig, acting director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.
In addition to interacting with presenters, the participants toured the Heart Mountain Camp site and spent time examining the exhibits in the museum at the ILC. Teachers also had time to share ideas with one another on how best to present information about the Japanese American Experience before, during, and after World War II. They were invited to an after-hours tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody and learned about the Museum Interpretation, Learning, and Enrichment for Students program there.
For more information about the seminar or the three curricular programs, contact Matt Strannigan, Wyoming state coordinator for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution at firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Kean, Wyoming State Coordinator for Project Citizen and History Day at email@example.com.