“I Am An American: the Nisei Soldier Experience” Traveling Exhibition
Introducing the “I AM AN AMERICAN: The Nisei Soldier Experience” – a powerful collaboration between the National Museum of the United States Army, the National Veterans Network, and The Army Historical Foundation.
The National Veterans Network will serve as the lead sponsor and coordinator for the Nisei Soldier traveling exhibition that will launch in 2026, working in partnership with the National Museum of the United States Army and The Army Historical Foundation.
The theme of this new future traveling exhibition “I Am An American” is based on the historical photo taken on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor, when Tatsuro Masuda installed an “I Am An American” sign on his storefront in Oakland, CA.
This eleven-city national traveling exhibition will educate the public about the extraordinary heroism of Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers. The National Army Museum is working in collaboration with NVN to create the traveling exhibit from the Nisei Soldier Experience, currently on display at the National Army Museum, just south of Washington, D.C. This special exhibition will increase from the current 800 square feet to 1,200 square feet and expand to approximately 35 significant historical objects, 50-75 images and three audio-visual kiosks for visitors to access nine individual soldier stories and an interactive map of the European and Pacific Campaign, comprised of 16 campaign videos.
This new traveling exhibit will embark on a five-year journey to 11 cities across the United States starting in 2026. The traveling exhibit is scheduled to be hosted in the following states: California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Wyoming.