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Celebrating Vashon’s Japanese and agrarian heritage

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Two Important February Events:   Plan to attend! 

Friends of Mukai Program:   

On Sunday, February 21st, our first program of the New Year will feature Jessica Murphy Moo, who wrote the libretto for "An American Dream" which Seattle Opera premiered last summer at McCaw Hall.  In her libretto, Moo, a fiction writer, journalist and teacher who is also Seattle Opera's communications editor, drew from memories contributed by two local residents:   Author and speaker Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, Vashon Island native, spent part of her childhood incarcerated in Japanese-American internment centers during the war.  Marianne Weltmann, a German Jewish musician and teacher, came to the U.S. as a child to escape Nazi oppression. 
Come to the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 21st to learn more about the creation of this opera, set in our region during World War II.

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State Court of Appeals:  

On Tuesday February 23rd, the Court of Appeals will hold oral argument in our lawsuit to regain control of the Mukai house and garden and the non-profit that owns this property, Island Landmarks.  All members and supporters are encouraged to attend this court hearing; we want to show the judges that our community cares about Mukai and the outcome of our long-fought court case.   The time is 9:30 a.m. The Court is at  600 University St, Seattle; the courtroom is on the main floor of the building.  

This could very well be the final court hearing in our lawsuit, and we’re hopeful that the Court of Appeals judges will affirm trial court Judge Monica Benton’s April 2015 ruling that the Vashon community members elected to the board of Island Landmarks in June of 2012 are the “lawful governing board” of Island Landmarks—the entity that owns the Mukai house and garden.  (Remember that over 70 of us joined Island Landmarks in 2012 but our membership was rejected by the Mary Matthews board—the defendants in our lawsuit; in response, we formed Friends of Mukai— we’re the same group of people, though now much larger, all committed to securing the Mukai property, restoring it, and opening it to the public as a vibrant community resource.”  Again, please join us February 23rd for this important court hearing!


 

Tracing the Japanese Presence on Vashon

Tracing the Japanese Presence on Vashon a presentation by Alice Larson and Bruce Haulman This presentation provides an overview of work being done by The Friends of Mukai to recognize and honor the Japanese  Residents of Vashon Island

Japanese Presence

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The Friends of Mukai is an organization that seeks to restore the Mukai House and Garden, to reunite it with the Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barreling Plant, and to turn them into a place that celebrates their important role in the immigration and agricultural history of Vashon-Maury Island and the Pacific Northwest.

We want you to join us to make this happen, because This Place Matters!


This Place Matters

Over 250 members of the Friends of Mukai agree that  This Place Matters.

Please join us.

 

 

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