Keeping Topaz's Lesson Alive

Emery County residents and former Japanese-American internees broke ground in August for the Topaz Museum and Education Center on Main Street in Delta. 

With a recent $714,000 grant from the National Park Service, the museum board has raised $1.6 million toward the $2.3 million needed to complete the project that will include an art gallery, exhibit space and a library.

Alan Kawasaki, an Oakland, Calif., architect whose family was imprisoned at Topaz, contributed to the design.

Naming opportunities for various Topaz Museum exhibits are available for donors who would like to honor the 11,000 Japanese-Americans imprisoned at Topaz.

For more information or to make a donation visit or write to Topaz Museum, P.O. Box 241, Delta, UT 84624

They were there

Amy Ota, 87, and her husband, Kenji, 91, were teenage lovers at Topaz. Amy has said racism in America “is a little better now.”

Toru Saito (White Shirt), 75, was 4 years old when he was imprisoned and often returns to Topaz to guide former internees through the ruins.

Willie Ito, 78, practiced animation in Sears catalog margins at 8 years old. He left Topaz and became a Disney animator.

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