Huntington Beach, CA

Preserving Wintersburg: A National Treasure

S. F. Mori
Historic WintersburgPhoto byWintersburg Committee

Historic Wintersburg is a rehabilitation project which is working to preserve and share the history of three generations of Japanese Americans. Immigrants arrived from Japan to the United States in the late 19th century. Some settled in that area of Huntington Beach.

Historic Wintersburg is now a National Treasure. Representatives of the National Park Service visited the 4.5 acre piece of land which currently contains four structures, some of which are over a century old. The visit was in 2013, and the designation as a National Treasure was in 2015.
Old WintersburgPhoto byWintersburg Committee

The residents of Japanese descent were forced to leave their homes during World War II to be unjustly incarcerated in the American concentration camps. It was considered a huge injustice and a violation of their civil rights. Some returned to Wintersburg after their imprisonment.

Historic Wintersburg is one of the only surviving communities where Japanese people were able to own property before California passed anti-immigrant land laws in 1913 and 1920.

More information is at the website. Donations for the rehabilitation project are being accepted.


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