The Japanese Hall, presently located on Avenue C in Scottsbluff, was constructed in 1928. For decades, this building was used for Japanese language classes, dances, festivals, theater productions, sports clubs, and as a church. From the 1950’s until 2016, it was the location for the Friendly Circle Bazaar. However, as time rolled on, more and more descendants have left the area in the quest of the American dream, and in November 2017 the building was sold and the Japanese Hall closed its doors.
The timeline is that within two years time, funds would be raised to move this historic building here, restore it, and reopen the doors to show off new exhibits featuring collections from the Japanese community. This move would ensure that the building and heritage of the Japanese of the High Plains would be preserved and protected for future generations.
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