group photo for webPatti Hirahara (second from left, pictured with her husband, Terry Takeda), administrator of the Hirahara Family Collections, gave a talk on “How to Start a Family Collection” for the Greater Los Angeles JACL on Nov. 15 at Merit Park in Gardena. Hirahara, whose father, Frank, and grandfather, George, took thousands of photos at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming during World War II, explained how to find historically significant items among the belongings left behind by an elderly family member who has died or moved to a senior living facility. Among those who attended were former Heart Mountain internees (from left) Yuriko (Tanino) Yamamoto, who appears in one of the Hirahara photos; Jeanne Shannon, who was born in the camp; and her mother, Helen Munekiyo. (Photo by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

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