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Expanding a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places: Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center in Jerome County, Idaho

The 1979 National Register documentation of the Minidoka Relocation Center, a nomination from 1979, was outdated and insufficient. The historic context was lacking, and only a handful of extant historical buildings were included in the old site nomination. This project addresses those insufficiencies and determines the eligibility of an expansion to the 1979 nomination of the Minidoka Relocation Center, with accompanying nomination forms. Sources of data used include National Park Service materials, archeological reports, historic surveys, photographs, War Relocation Authority publications, blueprints, maps, local historical society publications, and contemporary works on the Japanese American experience in the U.S. during World War II. The Minidoka Relocation Center Historic District is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A. It achieves significance through its use as a Relocation Center for Japanese Americans during World War II from 1942-1945, and through its use as a Soil Conservation Service “Farm in a Day” event property in 1952.

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