During World War II, people all over the world took to home gardening to support the war effort. That included many of the 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were removed from their homes along the Pacific coast and placed into confinement camps throughout the interior western US. This presentation overviews recent historical archaeological research on the victory gardens at one of those sites, Amache, located in the High Plains of southeastern Colorado.
Presenter: Dr. Bonnie J. Clark, Professor and Curator of Archaeology, University of Denver, Department of Anthropology.
Dr. Bonnie J. Clark is committed to using tangible history – objects, sites, and landscapes—to broaden understanding of our diverse past. A practicing historical archaeologist, she is the author or editor of numerous publications including the forthcoming Finding Solace in the Soil: An Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache and On the Edge of Purgatory: An Archaeology of Place in Hispanic Colorado.
In 2011, Dr. Clark’s work was recognized by her peers with the University of Denver’s Teacher/Scholar of the Year award.