SAN DIEGO — A reception to formally open the new exhibit “They Did It All: Women of the Issei Generation” will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Museum of California, located in Barracks 16 at Liberty Station. The address is 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, San Diego.

Presented in partnership with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, the exhibit explores the experiences and lives of Japanese women after arriving in San Diego County early in the 1900s and traces their lives through stories, photographs, and artifacts. In addition to photographs and artifacts, their story is told in their own words through printed excerpts from oral histories collected in the 1970s and ’80s.

The reception is part of “Friday Night Liberty,” which features open museums, galleries and other cultural organizations at the former Naval Training Center alongside San Diego Bay. For more information on Liberty Station, visit

“They Did It All” runs until Tuesday, May 28. For more information on the presenting organizations, go to and

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