DU Amache Research Project

  • Description

  • Contact Information

    • For more information about the DU Amache Research project, please contact Dr. Bonnie Clark

      email: bclark@du.edu

      phone: 303.871.2875

  • Project Newsletter

  • Community Exhibit

    • On November 9, 2017 the DU Museum of Anthropology opened a new version of Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues about the Amache Archaeology Collection.  This is an exhibit produced collaboratively by DU students and community members.  The exhibit features items collected during the ongoing archaeological research at Amache, Colorado's Japanese American internment camp.  The exhibit will be on display at the museum gallery, Sturm Hall 102 until March 17, 2018.  The gallery is typically open from 9 am to 4 pm.  Please come visit!

      An online version of the 2015 exhibit is hosted here: http://www.du.edu/ahss/anthropology/museum/exhibits/virtualexhibits/amache/index.html  

      A travelling version of the 2015 exhibit is available for loan.  For more information about the exhibit, see the flyer below.  For queries regarding the travelling exhibit, contact Anne Amati at 303.871.2687 or anne.amati@du.edu

      A technical report about the 2012 exhibit is also available below.

  • DU Amache Publications

    • Blog by Amache Volunteer

      In 2016, Greg Kitajima, a gardener and Amache descendant, worked with the DU Amache crews on a garden excavation.  He reflects on this experience in this blog for the North American Japanese Garden Association: https://najga.org/uncovering-a-garden-plot-and-a-family-history/

    • Precedent--A short film

      Dr. Esteban Gomez of the University of Denver, along with two of our students, produced a short film about the connections between internment history and the current political climate.  It features images of Amache and interviews with Dr. Bonnie Clark.  That film can be viewed at https://www.sapiens.org/culture/trump-travel-ban-world-war-ii/

    • Dr. Bonnie Clark's research was featured in Issue #4 (2017) of The Journal of the North American Japanese Garden Association.  The association has kindly allowed us to make that article available to the public here.

    • This chapter, "Cultivating Community" is from Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage: Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and the Politics of Cultural Continuity in the Americas edited by Fernando Armstrong-Fumero and Julio Hoil Gutierrez (2017).  This electronic copy was made available to the community through the goodwill of the publisher, University Press of Colorado.

    • Accessing Amache Theses

      All of the Master's theses written by students associated with the DU Amache Project are available through the DU Digital Commons site: http://digitalcommons.du.edu/

      The search term "Amache" will bring up most theses.  Others can be accessed by searching the author.

    • This 18 page report overviews our accomplishments during the 2014 field school.  Analysis of our finds and garden samples continues, so this is just the first of many reports.

    • This Chapter, from Prisoners of War: Archaeology, Memory, and Heritage of 19th- and 20th-Century Mass Internment (Mytum 2013) is based on thesis research at Amache by two DU alumni, Dana Ogo Shew and April Kamp-Whittaker.

    • This chapter from, Trade and Exchange: Archaeological Studies from History and Prehistory (2010) was written by Stephanie Skiles, a former MA student, and Dr. Bonnie Clark, the director of the DU Amache project.

    • This publication, based on the thesis research of DU alumni Jennifer Otto, is a contribution to Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report (2009), edited by Rudi Hartmann, Wash Park Media, Denver.  

    • Amache from online encyclopedia

      Dr. Bonnie Clark contributed an entry on Amache to the Densho Encyclopedia of Internment.  It can be accessed through this link: http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Amache%20(Granada)/ 

    • Award-winning video about 2008 Field School


      This video on the 2008 Field School, produced by the DU Communications office, won an award at the Society for American Archaeology 2009 film festival.

  • Community Partners

    • Amache Preservation Society


      The Amache Preservation Society (APS) has worked for many years to preserve the site of Amache and the memories, keepsakes, and historical documentation of those whose lives were forever changed by it.  We have worked with the collections of the APS museum during each of our field schools.  For more information about the APS please visit the link above.

    • Japanese American Association of Colorado


      The Japanese American Association of Colorado has generously donated salary for graduate students who served as field supervisors during each of DU's field schools at Amache (2008 2010, 2012, and 2014).  For more information about the Japanese American Association of Colorado, please visit their website.

    • University of Denver, Center for Community Engagement


      The University of Denver, Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning has generously supported our work at Amache through an Engaged Department grant, and two Public Good grants.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Center supported the Amache project through a Public Good Fellowship for the project director, Dr. Bonnie Clark.  For more information about the Center, please visit the link above.

    • State Historical Fund - History Colorado

      The State Historical Fund or SHF has generously provided support for the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Field Schools at Amache.

    • Japanese American National Museum


      We were pleased to partner with the Japanese American National Museum during their 2008 national conference, and subsequent meetings of former Amache internees and descendants in the Los Angeles area.

  • Day of Remembrance

    • The Faculty and students of the DU Amache project have contributed to the Denver area Day of Remembrance since February 2010.  We look forward to ongoing collaboration for this important event. 

  • A Historic Legacy: Amache and DU

  • Amache photo galleries

This portfolio last updated: 05-Apr-2018 10:46 AM