|Standing in front of the Furuta family home, built circa 1912.|
|Me, standing in front of the Church's manse (parsonage), built around 1910.|
|Original mission building of the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Church (1910)|
Most good historians will tell you, there's no substitute for actually visiting the site you're studying and interacting with it. Even if the physical environment has changed over the years, a visit provides you with a sense of place and a picture in your head that help make sense of everything you read or hear about the site. It's hard to imagine writing much meaningful history about a place you've never been.
|The Furuta family's barn (ca 1910) -- Likely the last agricultural barn left in the city.|
One of the high points of our tour was walking through the Furuta family's barn, which includes several additions representing the various eras of history at the site. Lots of interesting details are visible, including a vintage walk-in refrigerator, exposed knob-and-tube wiring, cloth-insulated wire, original hardware, and wire racks for drying flowers.
|Inside the Furuta barn, Carey casts a wary eye toward the ceiling.|
|A photo I took earlier of the newer church building (1934).|
|Mary Adams Urashima, Dennis Masuda and Dr. Art Hansen at our panel discussion.|