Monday, April 2, 2012

Topaz Museum in Delta awarded grant to build

Delta’s Main Street will see more building this summer as the long-sought-after Topaz Museum will commence construction memorializing the Topaz Internment Camp where over 8,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were relocated from the West Coast during World War II.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the awarding of 17 grants worth nearly $2.9 million to be awarded to “help preserve and interpret the U.S. confinement sites.” The Topaz Museum and Education Center Construction Project in Delta, was awarded $714,314—nearly 25 percent of the total awarded. Millard County Chronicle

The money will be used for the construction of the museum building. A groundbreaking ceremony will probably take place in August in conjunction with this year’s Topaz Pilgrimage. The exterior of the museum building will look like an over-sized barrack building from the internment camp. It will be located on Delta’s Main Street to facilitate easy access and visitation.