Registration is OPEN!

Open registration for the 2018 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage has begun! Against the backdrop of a special exhibit featuring the compelling incarceration artwork of Estelle Ishigo, this summer's event promises to be stimulating, meaningful, and visually stunning! We have a jam-packed weekend planned, so scroll down to find out more details about the sessions, activities, films, and scheduling of this year's Pilgrimage.

Online registration for the Pilgrimage
runs from April 1 through June 30.

For those of you who prefer to register through the mail, we happily accept postal registration as an alternative to online registration. Please note however that these forms must be postmarked by June 15th.

Download the form HERE.

Your ideal Pilgrimage weekend, chosen by you...

This year, we're giving you the opportunity to build your own weekend experience by choosing the activities and events in which you're most interested.

When you register, we are asking you to choose from a variety of activities, rating them starting with your highest priority. These will include:

  • Five different Educational Sessions at two different times
  • Multigenerational Discussions (with the opportunity to be a
    discussion leader)
  • A special Friday night Film Screening in Cody of Moving Walls by
    Sharon Yamato
  • Lunchtime Keynote Speech by David Inoue, Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League
  • Six different Saturday Activities at the Interpretive Center and
    across the grounds of the former confinement site
  • An exclusive Saturday Film Screening at the Interpretive Center of Omoiyari: a Songfilm by Kishi Bashi
  • Saturday night Social Banquet in Cody: You'll see several changes this year, one of which is the banquet. In an attempt to provide you with the most possible time to socialize, to catch up with old friends, & to possibly make new friends, we’ve adjusted when the banquet is held: Saturday evening, to close out the weekend. The rest of the Pilgrimage will be filled with multiple options for programming, leaving Saturday night for socializing and maybe even the opportunity for some dancing!

    This is an optional addition to the overall cost (see below for pricing).

  Click HERE for details about the Educational Sessions, Activities, and Presenter

Moving Walls by Sharon Yamato

Sharon Yamato is a writer/ filmmaker who—along with photographer Stan Honda—has spent many years exploring what happened to the Heart Mountain barracks after the camp closed. Her film, Moving Walls, tells a story of survival and opportunity in the high desert of Wyoming. This film will be screened on Friday, July 27 at 8:00pm in downtown Cody.

Tickets for this special screening are limited, and can beobtained at the registration table at the Pilgrimage.

Omoiyari: a Songfilm by Kishi Bashi

Kaoru Ishibashi, who performs as Kishi Bashi, is a celebrated singer and instrumentalist. He recently began a documentary film, Omoiyari: a Songfilm by Kishi Bashi, which follows his musical quest to process his identity and the lessons learned from the Japanese American Incarceration. Kishi Bashi will screen an early cut of his film and discuss how he came to understand the importance of this story.

Watch the trailer and learn more about
the project HERE!

Screenings of this film will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 10:00am & 11:00am at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.

Register HERE

Digital Storytelling Workshop
Short Films 

By popular demand, the Digital Storytelling Workshop returns to the 2018 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage! This year we’re focusing on camp artifacts…old furniture, art, suitcases, knick-knacks…whatever your family saved from camp has a story to tell. We’ll help you transform a relic with painful memories into an uplifting short film to keep the incarceration story alive. If you don’t have a personal connection or an artifact, no problem. There are plenty of items in the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center whose story needs telling. We’ll show you how!

In this workshop, Emmy Award-winning producers, Jeff MacIntyre & David Ono, will guide you through the video creation process. Not a video expert? No problem. The workshop is suitable for all skill levels. The only requirement is a desire to preserve this profound chapter in history. The saddest story is the one not told. Seize the moment and preserve your family’s rich history. There’s no greater gift to the future!

This multi-day workshop will take place on July 23–26, in the days leading up to the Pilgrimage, and a screening of the films produced will take place at 9:00am on Friday, July 27, as part of the Opening Ceremony.

Watch the short films created at the 2017 Pilgrimage HERE!

Interested in applying for the workshop or know someone who
would be interested? Email Maggie Locker-Polding at 


We are also looking for sponsors to help make this
workshop possible for more students...please email, call 307.754.8000,
or visit our shop website if you are interested in being a
Digital Storytelling Workshop sponsor!

Schedule of Events & Ticket Prices
Click HERE to see a larger schedule
Hotel Reservations and Travel Arrangements

Similar to previous years, there are certain discounts available to participants wishing to reserve rooms at specific hotels in Cody. Special rates are available at the following hotels and can be obtained by mentioning that you will be attending the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage: For more information regarding travel arrangements for getting to and around Cody and Powell, Wyoming, you can visit the websites for the Chambers of Commerce in both towns, as well as the tourism site for Cody as a gateway to Yellowstone, with links listed below:

Getting to Wyoming

Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD)

  • 2 miles from downtown Cody
  • Hotel shuttles available
  • Rental cars available

Billings Logan Int'l
Airport (BIL)

  • 110 miles from Cody
    (2 hours)
  • No public transport
  • Rental cars available

Things to do in Wyoming

Register HERE
PARKING: please take note!
We are charging a $10 fee this year for non-handicapped parking. Our goal is to encourage as many folks as possible to take advantage of our free buses (provided to and from the Holiday Inn in Cody) or carpools. We need to make sure our parking areas are clear for bus traffic, emergency vehicles, pedestrian safety, and that we reserve enough free spaces to accommodate our handicapped visitors. For handicapped individuals requiring special accommodations for transportation, or for any further questions regarding this policy, please contact Dakota Russell at or 307-754-8000, extension 103.

Thank you all for your understanding.
We hope to see you in July!
  • If you've already registered for the Pilgrimage, we may be contacting you to confirm we have all of the details we need from you, so be sure to have a look at emails from us!
  • Are you thinking about planning a family reunion to coincide
    with the Pilgrimage this year? If so, contact Kim Barhaug ( / 307-754-8000, extension 100)

    to find out about group rates.


Header image: Heart Mountain Mess Hall Shibai by Estelle Ishigo,
Allen Eaton Collection, Japanese American National Museum


2017 American Self: 75 years after EO 9066
The 2017 Pilgrimage was the largest since our Grand Opening in 2011! The 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 inspired returning Pilgrims as well as many new people to make the journey here, with multiple large family groups and several Heart Mountain babies among the participants. 

The events were varied, featuring an array of art & media (short films produced on site, the screening of new documentary "Faceism" by David Ono & Jeff MacIntyre, three special exhibits of photography and lithographs) and numerous conversations about past and current issues (educational sessions, multigenerational discussions, speeches, and former incarcerees sharing their stories around the Heart Mountain site).

Thanks so much to all the participants for making this a truly memorable event!


To see photos from the 2017 Pilgrimage,

check them out on our Facebook page 

or in Don Tanguilig's Flickr albums

Short films from the Spoken Word/Video workshop available for viewing!

At this year's Heart Mountain Pilgrimage, a creative element was the Spoken Word/Video workshop, where participants had the opportunity to produce their own spoken word poetry and short films, working with renowned experts in the fields
G Yamazawa (national poetry slam champion), Jeff MacIntyre, and David Ono (filmmakers of The Legacy of Heart Mountain).

Check out the results of this incredible collaboration on our YouTube channel here:

2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage Spoken Word/Video workshop short films

Heart Mountain in the news following the 2017 Pilgrimage

The Washington Post has produced a thoughtful and moving piece featuring views of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, our National Historic Landmark Site, all while delving deeper into the epic friendship of Norm Mineta and Al Simpson.

Watch the segment here:

An epic political and personal bond, forged behind barbed wire

The Today Show aired a segment that was produced by Tom Brokaw and NBC crew who came to Wyoming to cover the 2017 Pilgrimage. Including interviews with Pilgrimage participants, former incarcerees, and long-time supporters of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, this was a great piece reflecting the important anniversary of 75 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066.

Watch the segment here: 

Revisiting a Shameful Chapter in US History: Japanese American Internment

Tom Brokaw also wrote an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, which you can view here:

Tom Brokaw: Friends Across Barbed Wire and Politics

Our local media covered the event, producing excellent pieces about the people, events, speakers, and interactions that all came together to create a memorable Pilgrimage.

Read the articles written by Don Cogger of the Powell Tribune here:

Pilgrimage feature, Part 1

Pilgrimage feature, Part 2

LaDonna Zall honored at Pilgrimage

Read the article written by Buzzy Hassrick of the Cody Enterprise here:

Japanese Americans share memories at Pilgrimage


Thank you to our 2017 Pilgrimage sponsors!

We could not have had held this Pilgrimage without the support and generosity of our sponsors, which include:

The Powell Tribune

The Cody Enterprise

Party Time Plus

Blair Hotels

Wyoming Financial Insurance--Powell

Level Four Advisors

Marquis Awards & Specialties, Inc.

The UPS Store--Cody

Pepsi Bottling Group--Powell

Keele Sanitation

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

American Legion, Post #26


Featured Artist: Roger Shimomura


The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center featured a special exhibition titled "American Self: Selected Works of Roger Shimomura." The Pilgrimage also hosted the premiere of "Faceism," a new documentary by Jeff MacIntyre & David Ono featuring the artist's performance and printed works.

According to Emily Stamey (The Prints of Roger Shimomura, 2007) Roger Shimomura's work "explores his Japanese American identity through a vibrant and provocative stylistic combination of twentieth-century American Pop art and traditional eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock prints."




Digital Story: Rock Collecting

In this digital story, Hana Maruyama shares her grandfather's unique relationship with rocks, as a result of his incarceration at Heart Mountain during World War II. Hana, a former Heart Mountain staff member, created this film as the pilot to the digital storytelling effort at the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.