Journey to preserve Winters Japanese American community presentation

Gloria Lopez, left, Floyd Shimomura and his wife Ruth were in attendance at the public opening event for the exhibit on Thursday, June 24. Photo by Rick von Geldern/Winters Express

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Historical Society of Winters
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Winters community members who helped bring the “The Lost Japanese Community of Winters” exhibit at the Winters Museum to reality will be sharing about their experience in an upcoming virtual presentation this Friday.

Floyd Shimomura will be presenting on his research into the Japanese American community of Winters. He will be joined by Emily Masuda who will discuss her efforts to preserve this history as a teacher and creative writer.

The presentation, “Preserving Perseverance” will explore their findings from archives, museums and online databases that helped to reveal information about the Winters Japanese School, genealogy, treasured items from family collections and the redress movement.

The presentation will be facilitated and moderated by Archives Coordinator Heather Lanctot, and is part of the 2021 Virtual Sacramento Archives Crawl, and in partnership with the Yolo County Archives

Preserving Perseverance will stream on Zoom on Oct. 8 starting at 11 a.m. at

The Sacramento Archives Crawl has many other great virtual tours and talks including:

Thursday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. – Incarceration of Japanese Americans in U.S. Concentration Camps during World War II.
Friday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. – Live Tour: Marshall Gold Discovery State Park’s Coloma Gold Rush.
Saturday, Oct 9 at 1 p.m. – Sacramento’s Depression Era Hoovervilles.

A schedule with the links can be found online at

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