"Only What you can Carry"

“Only What You Can Carry”

bring only what you can carry
bring only what you can carry

The orders came down in 1942, striking fear into the hearts of Japanese-Americans of Merced County and Northern California. The children were unsure of their futures and their parents secreted the harsh realities from them. The families were told to abandon their homes and bring only what they could carry and report to the Merced Assembly Center at the County Fairgrounds.

By Executive Order 9066, signed on February 19, 1942, Japanese-Americans would be interned against their will. After suffering through the heat of the summer, the families were relocated to Amache, Colorado- some incarcerated for the duration of WWII.

concertration camp
concertration camp

History of Merced Assembly Center Commemorative Committee (MACCC)

In the spring of 2008, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, (D-18th District) requested the Livingston-Merced and Cortez chapters of the Japanese-American Citizens League (JACL) to work on a monument to commemorate the 4,669 Americans of Japanese ancestry detained at the Merced Assembly Center located in the Merced County fairgrounds. The Commemorative Committee and its Advisors with the support and help of many people have worked 2 years on making the Memorial a reality.

Unveiling and Dedication of the Merced Assembly Center Memorial

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japanese wall

The Memorial was unveiled and dedicated on February 20th, 2010. The event was a huge success thanks to the support of many individuals, the Merced County Fair Board, Merced Country Supervisors, Civic Groups, and the Community. Around 1,500 people attended the Dedication and 875 people attended the Dinner.The Committee continues seeking grants and donations to help finance this $300,000 project. Future endeavors will involve educating the public about the significance of this incarceration in America’s history.

Come visit the Merced Assembly Center Memorial

Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced, CA 95341.

assembly center
assembly center

For more information about the Memorial or information on guided classroom or group field trips

Merced Assembly Center is on facebook (click here)

please contact: Bob Taniguchi (209) 631-5645 Taniguchi.r@mccd.edu

or Patti Kishi (209) 769-7543 pkishi@vtlnet.com

The Atwater Historical Society was formed in 1972 in response to the challenge of keeping the Bloss Home for the community.

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Bloss Home

The Atwater Historical Society was formed in 1972 in response to the challenge of keeping the Bloss Home for the community.

The house was willed to the City of Atwater by George Bloss, Jr. with the provision that his wife Christine reside in the home until her death. When this occured in December of 1971 the city was at a loss as to what to do with this property.

Several older citizens of Atwater banned together to form the society and go to bat (so to speak) with the city to make sure the house was not sold or razed.

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The society incorporated in December of 1972 and the specific purposes of the corporation are to collect, maintain, protect, preserve, and research items of historical significance to the City of Atwater and the surrounding area.

The main Purpose

The main focus for many years by the membership has been to restore the house and keep the historical records maintained. The restoration should be complete in another two to three years.

The society also hopes to be able to landmark other historic buildings and homes in Atwater. We have an active and lively membership who help with docent tours of the museum on the first and third Sunday of each month as well as being involved with the community.

We welcome all who wish to join us in these efforts as new perspectives and fresh ideas are always important.

Information on becoming a member is available by either calling the museum at:

357-6309 (please leave a message) or e-mailing us at blosshome@gmail.com.