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Saturday, June 15 ,11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Celebrate the opening of the new Minnesota’s Secret Language School photo display with a presentation and virtual reality experience. Developed by the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizen League, visitors will see more than a dozen panels featuring photographs that share the history of the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), known as America’s secret weapon in the war against Japan during WWII.
Photos show students at the language school when it was located at Camp Savage and later at Fort Snelling, as well as graduates during deployment in the Pacific. Nearly 6,000 Japanese American servicemen attended the MISLS, most of whom did so instead of being incarcerated in War Relocation Authority camps during World War II.
At 1 pm, join Historic Fort Snelling interpreter Kimmy Tanaka for a presentation on the history of the MISLS. From 11 am-3 pm, visit the historic fort to experience a virtual reality walkthrough of a former MISLS classroom building developed by the University of Minnesota.
The presentation and light refreshments will be available in the visitor center and are free. Admission is required to visit the historic fort and to view the virtual reality experience.
Doors open at 10:00 am with the author event beginning at 11:00 am. Refreshments will be provided.