Amber Severson, a social studies teacher at Alexander Public School, successfully completed the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation workshop for educators this summer sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and the Japanese American Incarceration” taught a total of 72 educators over two weeks about the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and the related issues of the treatment of Native Americans, the racism behind many government decisions and the settling of the American West.

All participants received a $1,300 stipend from NEH and a certificate noting their successful completion of the program.

In surveys conducted by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and National Humanities Alliance, participants called the workshops transformative and essential to their future teaching of this critical part of American history.

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation has received another grant to conduct the workshops again in 2022. Applications for interested educators open Nov. 1.

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