Thanks to all who helped make our November 16th fundraiser such a success! We sold more than 60 tickets, and appreciate all of you who showed up in support of SOPPL/ Advocacy’s quest to obtain sustained funding for Pomona’s remarkable library.
It truly was an exhilarating day for those who attended the Foundation’s David Ono Heart Mountain presentation in the morning, and then came Wine Tasting with us in late afternoon. The conversation definitely lived up to our expectations, and the wine was pretty good too!
The Heart Mountain documentary is one of the best on any topic I have seen, and Mr. Ono did a great job of providing local context. Guest panelists included Patti Hirahawa, whose great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were interned at Heart Mountain and made several thousand photos of the camp; and Mike Hachimonji, who was interned there as a teenager. Mr. Hachimonji was initially processed through the Pomona Assembly Center at the Fairgrounds, and then transported on to Heart Mountain Internment Camp. His experience mirrored that of most Japanese-American Pomonans during WWII.
Also part of this event were readings by PUSD students of letters to Mrs. Lavina Pendley, a popular and compassionate school librarian, from former students both at the Pomona Assembly Center and Heart Mountain Internment Camp. These letters are archived in Pomona Public Library’s Special Collections, amongst a great deal of other primary sources. It was particularly moving to watch the way 70 year old correspondence resonated with today’s teens who were reading it.
I know I’m repeating myself, but what other local library has archived first person accounts of people who lived through one of our most turbulent, controversial periods in history? How better to make history come alive for students and all citizens?
Together We Read has done a remarkable job this year of incorporating local first-hand accounts, archived in PPL’s Special Collections, into their programs. They furthered SOPPL/ Advocacy’s argument Pomona’s library is a unique treasure, worthy of support.
Thanks again to all who participated and made last Saturday a great and glorious day!