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The Wintersburg Village Japanese Association and fireworks in the Huntington Beach Township

Mary Adams Urashima

Mas Masuda: A Hero's Century in Orange County

Mary Adams Urashima

“Acts of courage can be remembered for ages”, wrote columnist Stephen Greenhut fifteen years ago, in November 1992, as he recalled R.C. Hoiles, publisher of the Santa Ana Register (later, Orange County Register and Freedom Communications). Hoiles bought the newspaper in 1935 with a guiding philosophy to “believe in ...

Two Decembers: 1934 and 1948

Mary Adams Urashima

In December 1934, the communities of Wintersburg Village and Huntington Beach gathered to dedicate the newest house of worship for the Wintersburg Japanese Mission. Formally recognized as a Church with the Presbyterian Church USA in 1930, the Wintersburg Japanese Mission was marking its 30th anniversary in 1934.

Moving Day: May 17, 1942

Mary Adams Urashima

May 10, 1942: Civilian Exclusion Orders 60 and 61

Mary Adams Urashima

The day everyone had been both waiting for and dreading was finally here. Civilian Exclusion Order No. 60 and No. 61 were published on May 10, 1942. Within 24 to 48 hours, every individual or family with full or partial Japanese ancestry—both those classified as “alien” and those who ...

May 5, 1942: Within days, Civilian Exclusion Orders and saying goodbye in Orange County

Mary Adams Urashima

Cherry blossoms and poppies: A 1935 banquet with the Japanese Consul in Huntington Beach

Mary Adams Urashima

The Marriage that Made Headlines

Mary Adams Urashima

Imagine having your marriage examined on the front page of metropolitan newspapers across the country and around the world. This was the case for the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission’s first minister and his bride in the winter of 1910, the Reverend Joseph Kenichi Inazawa and Miss Kate Alice Goodman.

Wintersburg’s Okuda family and memories of life on the Bolsa Chica Gun Club

Mary Adams Urashima

Sakura: How Cherry Blossom Festivals took root in America

Mary Adams Urashima

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Mary Adams Urashima is a governmental affairs and media relations consultant in Huntington Beach, California. She chairs the effort to save and preserve Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, California, a century-old goldfish farm and mission which is iconic of Japanese American pioneer settlement of the American West and of the struggle for civil liberties.

A former journalist and editor, Mary is the author of Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach (History Press) and publishes two local history blogs in Orange County, California: Historic Wintersburg and Historic Huntington Beach.

Her efforts led to Historic Wintersburg being named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in June 2014 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C. Currently, the effort to save Historic Wintersburg continues in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Mary currently is researching for her next book, which will focus on Historic Wintersburg and Orange County's Japanese Americans during World War II forced evacuation and confinement. Some of this research includes the experiences at the Colorado River Relocation Center at Poston, Arizona, and at the Gila River Relocation Center, also in Arizona.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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