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“Wartime Resisters of Conscience at the Catalina Federal Honor Camp on Mt. Lemmon” by historian Dr. Cherstin Lyon
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's "Third Thursday Food for Thought" program - THIS MONTH ON THE SECOND THURSDAY!

May 13, 2021 07:00 PM in Arizona

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Cherstin M. Lyon, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Director of the Honors College @Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon
Professor Cherstin M. Lyon, Ph.D., is the author of several books and articles about Japanese Americans, public history, and citizenship. Most relevant to this presentation is "Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory," her book about the Japanese Americans who were sentenced to the Catalina Federal Honor Camp on Mount Lemmon, in the Santa Catalina Mountains overlooking Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Lyon also has authored several entries for the Densho Online Encyclopedia, including articles on Gordon Hirabayashi, the Tucson Federal Prison (another term for the Catalina Federal Honor Camp), and the Tucsonians.
“Wartime Resisters of Conscience at the Catalina Federal Honor Camp on Mt. Lemmon”
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday (on the Second Thursday!) Food for Thought” free Zoom program
The Catalina Federal Honor Camp located on the Catalina Highway from Tucson up to Mount Lemmon housed prisoners who were largely responsible for building the highway. These prisoners were a part of a prison reform movement and the good roads movement in American history during the 1930s. During World War II, a different set of individuals were sentenced to work at the Catalina prison. These were resisters of conscience. Prominent among them were Gordon Hirabayashi, other Japanese Americans who came to call themselves the "Tucsonians," Hopi, and Jehovah's Witnesses. This presentation will explain why these individuals became resisters of conscience, and how their prison experiences shaped their understanding of their own wartime citizenship.