Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach
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Designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2015, Wintersburg Village's unique history is representative of the Japanese pioneer experience on the West Coast. Japan's post-Meiji period ended the feudal system, creating in the late 1800s social changes that prompted Japanese immigration to America. Many who settled in the Wintersburg countryside were of samurai ancestry, bringing an enterprising spirit to Orange County's businesses and farms. The village's history encompasses early aviation, archaeological discoveries, the county's oldest Japanese church, goldfish farming and overcoming discrimination to achieve civil liberties. Forcibly evacuated and confined during World War II, Japanese pioneers left an indelible mark on Southern California. Absorbed by the City of Huntington Beach, Wintersburg remains mostly a memory. Join historian Mary F. Adams Urashima as she resurrects a vanishing chapter of Orange County.
The History Press
: 9781626193116
: The History Press
: 03/04/2014
: California
: Brief History
: 90 Black And White
: 208
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Mary Adams Urashima is a former journalist, with thirty years' experience in media and public affairs. She has been involved in local and regional governmental issues, environmental and land use projects and major infrastructure projects. She authors two local history blogs, Historic Wintersburg and Historic Huntington Beach, and chairs the community effort to preserve the property known as "Historic Wintersburg." She has served as a political appointee and chamber of commerce president.
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