We are proud to announce that The Orange Story film and website has received an honorable mention award from the National Council on Public History in the Outstanding Public History Project category.
This award is presented for work that contributes to broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice. Public or “applied” history happens when historians and their various audiences collaborate in trying to make the past useful. It is the conceptualization and practice of historical activities with one’s public audience foremost in mind, and it generally takes place in settings beyond the traditional classroom.
A shout out to the rest of the team: Jasmine Alinder and Patrick Hall, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Jason Matsumoto and Eugene Sun Park, Full Spectrum Features. And of course all of the amazing cast and crew that made the film possible!
This award comes at the same time of year as the Day of Remembrance. If you haven't seen the project yet, it's a good time to recall Japanese American incarceration during WWII, and to discuss its continued relevance today. The Orange Story website is a good place to start.
Thank you very much to the NCPH for this honor, and congratulations to all the awardees!