Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks

National Postal Museum
May 12, 2016
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Japanese American internment camp mail, November 24, 1942
Manzanar National Historic Site, California

Mail to and from Manzanar in California and Minidoka in Idaho, where people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated by the military indefinitely and without trial during World War II, is featured in the exhibit. The remoteness of these facilities meant that postal services were the only connection to the outside world. They became National Historic Sites in 1992 and 2001, respectively.

Credit: National Postal Museum