Pilgrims descending Castle Rock during the 2014 Tule Lake Pilgrimage. • National Park Services Photo
Pilgrims descending Castle Rock during the 2014 Tule Lake Pilgrimage. • National Park Services Photo

The Tule Lake Committee recently announced the 2016 pilgrimage dates: July 1 through 4. Pilgrimage information and registration forms will be posted online at the Tule Lake Committee’s website at www.tulelake.org on February 19, 2016. Registration forms should be completed and mailed with payment, by check only.

The committee said in a statement: “This year’s pilgrimage, ‘Our Hallowed Ground,’ is the 21st pilgrimage to Tule Lake, and honors our forebears imprisoned at this civil rights site of protest and sorrow—where Japanese Americans who said “No” to America’s injustice were segregated and punished for their dissent. Thanks to the all-volunteer work of the Tule Lake Committee, the registration fee is $475 per person. For those on fixed incomes or students, the fee is $325. If you are a former Tule Lake incarceree, 80 years of age or older, the fee is $250. Grants are available to assist with the registration fee. The registration fee is all-inclusive and covers charter bus transportation, lodging, meals and all activities during the four-day pilgrimage. Given the growing interest in the Tule Lake pilgrimage, we expect pilgrimage registration to close very quickly. In recent pilgrimages, spaces fill within the first two weeks of registration. If you wish to join us, please avoid disappointment by completing your registration as soon as possible.”

Pilgrimage Details

Pilgrimage participants travel together in deluxe, chartered buses that depart from San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Union City, Sacramento, Seattle and Portland.

Accommodations are at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. There are two housing options: standard double-occupancy dorm rooms that are included in the registration fee, or the 4-bedroom/4-person air-conditioned suites that will add an extra charge of $50 per person, raising your registration fee to $525. Please note that these suites are further from the main activity building and have no elevators; a limited number of ground-level suites are handicapped accessible.

Activities over the 4-day pilgrimage include a tour of the Tule Lake concentration camp site and a memorial service. Intergenerational discussion groups and open forums provide an occasion to learn, share experiences and help heal the multi-generational wounds of the incarceration. The final night’s closing cultural program is open to the public and will be held at the Ross Ragland Theater in downtown Klamath Falls.

Registration forms will be available at the Tule Lake website www.tulelake.org and should be completed and mailed with your check. If you lack internet access and need registration forms mailed to you via USPS, or if you want more information, contact Hiroshi Shimizu, tel: 415-566-2279 cell: 415-317-2686 or email: [email protected].

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