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Internment Camp Exhibit Features Work of CNM Faculty, Students

Internment Camp Exhibit Features Work of CNM Faculty, Students
The "Confinement in the Land of Enchantment" exhibit that's currently on display at the Santa Fe Public Library.

Nov 06, 2018

A traveling exhibit on the four Japanese American internment camps that were located in New Mexico during World War II is open to the public in Santa Fe during the month of November, thanks in part to the outstanding work of CNM faculty and students.  The “CLOE Project” stands for “Confinement in the Land of Enchantment,” a multi-year effort to collect and publicize the history of the little-known New Mexico camps. Funded by grants from the National Park Service, the project has produced new historic markers, a website, and a full-color outreach publication of 120 pages.

In Phase III of the CLOE Project, CNM has partnered with the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League (NMJACL) and NPS to develop the CLOE Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit is available for viewing throughout November at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch.

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Dr. Andrew Russell, a faculty member in CNM's History Department, worked with CNM Carpentry instructors Joseph Hirschfeld and Lee Dutcher and their students to bring the Traveling Exhibit to life.  The faculty designed and students constructed large L-shaped wall units of steel frame and wood finish that provide the backdrop for the CLOE photo-text panels that Dr. Russell and his NMJACL team developed. 

Visitors going through the exhibit will experience a timeline journey that uses text panels, space configurations and artifact displays to tell the camp histories in creative ways. The exhibit is also designed to stimulate thought and community dialog about issues concerning civil rights, citizenship, and ethnic identity.