Miyagi Network News vol.149

~Information for the Exhibition and the Seminar Concerned with the Rescue Operation~

This is Daisuke Sato, the secretariat officer of the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials. Today I’d like to introduce you to the 20th Seminar for the Sendai City History in Sendai City Museum on 18th September, and the Panel Exhibition titled “3.11 Since the earth has quaked” held in the same museum from 17th to 25th of September. These will be held immediately after sending this news so we appreciate many of you coming.

The 20th Seminar for Sendai City History, titled “Rescue the Local Historical Materials”

[Title and Lecturers]

1.”The Rescue Operation for Damaged materials by the Museum at the East Japan Earthquake”

  • Mr Masamichi Sugano (a chief of the compiling room for Sendai City History), “The History Affected by the Earthquake”
  • Mr Shinichiro Kurihara(non-regular employee for specialised duties, in the compiling room for Sendai City History), “The Rescue Activities for Damaged Materials by Sendai City Museum”

2.”Why is it necessary to conserve the historical materials?”

  • Prof. Arata Hirakawa (Professor of Centre for North Asian Studies in Tohoku University, the Chief Director of the NPO Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials, the Special Chairperson of the compiling room for Sendai City History)

[Date] Sunday, 18th September, from 1:30pm-4:00pm

[Place] The Hall in Sendai City Museum (capable seating 200)

The Panel Exhibition “3.11 Since the Earth has quaked”


1.Rescue the Local Historical Archives:

The exhibition introduces the rescue activities for historical materials affected by the East Japan Earthquake in Sendai City area by the Sendai City Museum and the compiling room for Sendai City History.

2.Passing Down the Historical Heritage to the Future:

The exhibition introduces the progress of the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials since 2003 and their rescue activities for the materials damaged by the East Japan Earthquake. The Onagawacho Kimura Family’s documents and its wooden box, which were miraculously rescued after drifting 2km, will be also exhibited.

[Date] From 17th to 25th of September (closed on 20th)

[Place] The Gallery on the ground floor, in Sendai City Museum

[Open Time] 9:00am-4:45pm (the last entry :4:15pm)

Half a Year After the East Japan Earthquake

On 11th September, we reached half a year after the East Japan Earthquake. We would like to express our gratitude from the bottom of our hearts to the many people who have supported cooperated with us.

Up to now, we had received many requests of how to rescue the historical documents damaged by the Tsunami; however, since September, the number of inquiries of how to treat the historical archives have been increasing, because their houses have been scheduled to be demolished. Especially, we are expecting that the demolition of private houses has proceeded at full tilt, so we are  continuously gathering information.

On the other hand, although we have advanced in carrying out the urgent measure for historical materials cooperating with the voluntary workers from across the whole country, honestly speaking, our efforts cannot keep up with the amount of damaged materials especially as they increase.

We appreciate your continuous support and help.



About Nerwork for Historical Materials
A volunteer group for preserving Cultural Heritage suffered from natural disasters

One Response to Miyagi Network News vol.149

  1. Robert Rand says:

    Dear Daisuke Sato,

    I’m a writer from the U.S. who is working on a book about Japan. I would like to communicate with you about an article in vol. 124 of the Miyagi Network News, May 30, 2011. The article concerns an old box of archival material found in Onagawa. Please let me know how I can email you.

    Thank you,
    Robert Rand

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