Japanese American travelers visited local sites and Museum


August 16, 2023

Hinds and her nephew, Richie Sasaki, look at some of A.M. Allison's portraits including one of Ron Sasaki, Marilyn's older brother and Richie's father. Ron Sasaki was one year old when his family moved to Montana. Allison likely took this photo when Ron was two or three years old. (center) Matt Sasaki, Lefty Sasaki's grandson, looks over his "cousins" shoulders at the photos

About 30 Japanese Americans recently stopped for a visit to the Blaine County Museum. The multi-generational group had traveled to this area for a reunion of the Sasaki, Yoshida and Arakawa families. Those three families were among several Japanese American families who came to north central Montana to work on local farms during WWII. Some of the senior members of the group were children when their parents came to do farm work and several attended local schools.

The group was especially interested in the Blaine County Museum's collection of photographs from that era taken by local pioneer phot...

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