Brief History of the Nikkei National Museum
- The Japanese Canadian History Preservation Committee, a subcommittee of the Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, was established to acquire important historical material from within the Japanese Canadian community.
- This committee of volunteers took on the task of learning the standards and procedures of archival institutions in order to care for their collection so that it would be accessible to the community, researchers, and the public.
- The official group name became “Japanese Canadian Archives.”
- The Archives changed its name to “Japanese Canadian National Museum and Archives” and was incorporated under Canadian federal law. The National Association of Japanese Canadians granted the JCNMAS seed money to begin operations.
- The Museum and Archives shortened its name by removing “and Archives.”
- The JCNM moved into the newly built National Nikkei Heritage Centre and officially opened its facility in September, 2000.
- The JCNM membership voted 95.1% in favour of merging with the National Nikkei Heritage Centre Society, landlord to the JCNM.
- The merger agreement was formally signed on May 10, 2003. The larger organization is the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre. The Japanese Canadian National Museum name remains to identify the unchanging work of the Museum.
The the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre changes its name to Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. “Nikkei National Museum” is used for museum-specific activities.