Students to help tell story of internment camp

Published: Thursday, Dec. 13 2012 5:10 p.m. MST

Behind Ted Nagata is a picture of himself with his sister, Carole, and father, James, at the Topaz internment camp when he was 6 years old.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

HOLLADAY — Elementary school students will be developing exhibits to tell the story of a major part of Utah and World War II history.

The Topaz Museum Board has asked Morningside Elementary sixth-graders to produce media exhibits to portray what happened at Topaz, near Delta, which served as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans from 1942 to 1945.

The nonprofit board has broken ground on Main Street for a museum related to Topaz.

The students have been working with Topaz Museum Board president Jane Beckwith, who has visited the class on a few occasions to talk about the camp and show artifacts to the students. The children also will work with John Schaefer of the Children's Media Workshop.

“We want students their age to learn facts about what happened and relate what the Topaz internment camp means to us today,” said Morningside sixth-grade teacher Patti White.

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