We will be serving as curriculum consultants to the Portland’s Nikkei Legacy Center. The center is dedicated to “Sharing and preserving Japanese American history and culture in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived.”
Tonight’s class met at the Legacy Center to work with their staff to plan our projects – Todd Mayberry (Director of Collections and Exhibits) and Kim Blair (Education Manager). Our task to is to use our instructional design skills to assist the Center in creating curriculum material. More on our project-based approach.
At this point we are considering four projects:
- Self-guided instructional activities for middle school museum visitors.
- A teacher’s curriculum / activity guide to accompany a historic document filled suitcase that goes out on loan to the classroom.
- Online archive of documents with guiding questions and activities
- Selecting historic materials for inclusion in an iPhone App tour of Portland’s historic Japantown neighborhood.
Students explore exhibit of WWII incarceration camp room at Nikkei Center
Above: Saito Fish Market (Taken circa 1915)
Mr. Saito driving the Saito Fish Market car. Saito Fish Market was located in Portland’s Japantown on what is now NW Fourth Avenue.
ONLC 1497, gift of Rose Niguma.
Image credit / Oregon Nikkei Endowment