Legacy Center Events

Legacy Center Events

Legacy Center Events

The JASC Legacy Center hosts a variety of events to raise awareness about our collections and to promote understanding of the Japanese American community’s impact locally, regionally, and nationally. If you have a suggestion for a future program, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the Legacy Center Director by email or phone (773-275-0097 ext. 222) to share your ideas.Past Events:

Day of Remembrance 2024

Healing Histories Across Generations
2:00-4:00 p.m. (CST)
Sunday, February 18th, 2024
Chicago History MuseumDay of Remembrance 2023
Resettlement: Chicago Story
Sunday, February 19th, 2023
1:30-5:00 p.m. (CST)
Chicago History Museum
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Day of Remembrance 2022
The TEAACH Act: What it means for Illinois, educators, and the Japanese American community
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
2:00-3:30 p.m. (CST)
Chicago History Museum
Click here for information about the program, educational resources, and to access a recording

Transforming Oral Histories: Harnessing the Power of Chicago’s Japanese American Voices
Monday, September 13th, 2021
7:00-8:00 p.m. (CDT)
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Yōkai Banzai!: Modern interpretations by three Chicagoland Japanese Americans
Thursday, August 19th, 2021
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Memorial Day Program
Monday, May 31st, 2021
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
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Panel Discussion with authors Susan Uehara Rakstang and Kelly Fumiko Weiss
Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Legacy Center Highlights

Explore the archives!

Our searchable database of finding aids provides background information and an inventory for each collection.

Explore the library! 

Use LibraryThing to check our holdings.  All are welcome to use our books on-site, and JASC members can check out books if we hold more than one copy.

Enjoy our digital exhibits! 

Engaging, image-rich exhibits to help illuminate the Japanese American experience in Chicago.

Listen to your elders! 

Our oral history collection features interviews with community members reflecting on a wide variety of topics from incarceration to contemporary activism.

Watch and learn! 

Check out a documentary film on incarceration and resettlement and a series of four films from 1975 featuring Issei voices.


Looking for your next great read?  Searching for the perfect gift?  The JASC Bookshop has titles suitable for children, young adults, and adults on a wide range of topics.  Find books about Japanese American history, books by Japanese American authors, books celebrating diversity, books about food and cooking, books about arts and culture, and more!

When you order any title through our shop, your purchase supports both JASC and local, independent bookstores.  You get the convenience of online shopping and shipping to your home, with the knowledge that your consumer dollars are making a difference.

Search for a title using the bar below, or visit the shop to browse our lists of carefully selected titles for readers of all ages!