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pened,” Takei says. “That’s why exhibits like this, narrated by those who were actually there, are so important. Sadly, the story of how fear and ignorance led this country to in- carcerate my family and over a hundred thousand others is still relevant today.” TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION To share information about this time period with students, the museum has developed the “Time of Remembrance” program. One component of the program includes the museum supplying classroom-based resources to local schools. Volunteer docents from Uprooted! visit classrooms and use audiovisual slides and personal stories to bring his- tory to young people. The museum offers a “traveling trunk” full of tangible items for the children to see, and they come with corre- sponding curriculum for teachers to start conversations about the items in their classrooms. The artifacts comple- ment the lesson plans and help students understand what life was like for the incarcerated families. The 1940s vintage trunk suitcase includes barbed wire, a washboard, an evac- uation notice, identity cards, photographs and origami pa- per. Suggested activities include discussions on citizenship, the Constitution and the process of government redress. Chuck Kobayashi, a retired Sacramento superior court judge, presents his story to students through the Time of Remembrance Program. Kobayashi was 8 years old when he was incarcerated, and was released when he was nearly 12. He was sent to the Tule Lake segregation center, in Sis- ki