Billings Public Library hosts ‘Civil Conversation: Owning Our History’

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In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the incarceration of 110,000 residents of the western states with Japanese ancestry, both immigrants and citizens alike. The legacies of that decision are still echoing within the American consciousness.

Billings Public Library invites the community to join a Civil Conversation regarding that relocation and confinement of U.S. residents during World War II. The program will take place Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm in the library’s Community Room. The featured speaker will be Dakota Russell, who will talk about the ramifications of the Japanese internment to those who went through it and for the country as a whole. A discussion will follow.

Dakota Russell has spent the past twenty years working in the field of cultural interpretation. He is the Executive Director at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Park County, Wyoming.

For more information, visit the Library’s website at

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