Mission Statement | Organizational History | Director's Report | Join us | E-mail List


1980 - Founded as "Go For Broke, Inc.", whose purpose was to promote the history and accomplishments of Japanese American veterans of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service who distinguished themselves during World War II.

1981 - NJAHS organizes Go For Broke, the story of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat and presents.  Over 1,500 attend opening ceremonies.

1986 - Changes its name to the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) to reflect a broader purpose.  NJAHS evolves into an institution dedicated to preserving the history of Japanese Americans and educating the public about the contributions of Japanese Americans to American Society.

1987 - NJAHS is a principal consultant and contributor of over 2,000 artifacts to a "A More Perfect Union:  Japanese Americans and the United States Constitution", a national exhibit for the U.S. Constitution's bicentennial.  On display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the exhibit is seen by millions of visitors and is selected as a permanent exhibit.

1991- NJAHS, with its museum partner,, the Oakland Museum, is recognized for its award-wining national travelling exhibition, "Strength & Diversity: Japanese American Women," 1885-1990 by the American Association of State and Local History.  The exhibit wins an Award of Excellence from the Smithsonian Institution for museum scholarship and the discovery of original objects.

1991 - NJAHS organized the public program for the Military Intelligence Service of Northern California in the 50th Anniversary of the Military Intelligence Service.

1992 - In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. involvement in World war II, NJAHS organizes a community-wide Bay Area 50th Year Commemoration of the mass internment of Japanese Americans, Executive Order 9066.  The coalition presents a series of educational forums on Japanese Americans and WWII.  Opens "Children of the Detention Camp" show.

1994 - NJAHS exhibits Military Intelligence Service photographs and objects, and participates in the Post-to park Ceremonies at the Presidio of San Francisco.

1995 - NJAHS opens "Latent August:  The Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki through history, memory, and art".

1997 - NJAHS in collaboration with the Nisei Baseball Research Project opens "Diamonds in the Rough:  Japanese Americans in Baseball", at the California State Capitol Museum.  Later tours exhibit to Arizona and Oregon.

1997 - NJAHS signs a memorandum of agreement with the Golden gate National Recreation Area/national park Service to Jointly interpret the story of Japanese Americans at the presidio.  Ceremony takes place at the site of the first Army Military Intelligence language School, Building 640.  participants view the building where Gen.  John Dewitt issued the military orders to remove and intern 120,000 Japanese Americans.

1998 - National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY presents excerpts of Diamonds in the Rough.  Nisei baseball players are featured at the first national Day of Remembrance ceremony in Washington D.C.

1999 - Baseball Tour to Japan "Diamonds in the Rough:  Japanese Americans in Baseball" opens at Japan's Baseball hall of Fame on the anniversary of 100 years of Japanese American baseball.  Ambassador Thomas Foley attends and credits the Nisei pioneer baseball players for opening doors for American professional players in Japan.

Home | About us | Events | Exhibits| Education| Research | JA Connection 
|Careers| Links | Membership