May 18 2024

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Takei Donates Collection To Japanese American National Museum

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Actor George Takei has donated his personal collection amassed over the years to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).

This collection will “serve as the foundation of a new exhibition that will open at the museum in March 2017, titled New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.”

The collection will include items such as “photographs, correspondence, scripts, awards, campaign materials from his 1973 Los Angeles City Council bid.” Also included is “a sculpture made by Takei’s father while the family was incarcerated during World War II at the Rohwer concentration camp in Arkansas, the walking stick Takei carried on his ascent of Mount Fuji in Japan, the Olympic torch he carried in the lead-up to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and the key to the city of Roanoke, Virginia.”

“It is an honor and a privilege for the Japanese American National Museum to be the repository of the George Takei Collection,” said the museum’s Interim President and CEO Ann Burroughs. “George is fearless in his stand against discrimination and injustice, and in his determination to take on the toughest social issues and protect the most vulnerable. He is an inspiration to the Japanese-American community and to people across the world. He and his husband, Brad, have assiduously collected and saved important artifacts that bring to life his many remarkable achievements. We are proud to be the stewards of this collection and will ensure that they are protected and accessible in perpetuity.”

New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei will tap into the Takei Collection to present a comprehensive exploration of Takei’s life. The interactive, hands-on exhibition will feature numerous never-before-seen personal items through which visitors will learn not just about Takei but also about the constantly evolving fabric of America’s cultural identity, political outlook, social mores, and media landscape. The exhibition will open to the public at JANM on March 12, 2017, and remain on view through August 20.”

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