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  • Grayson College will host its 7th annual Black History Month program, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 19 in the CWL Auditorium on Main Campus. Dr. Sherry Cooke and Rev. Terrance Steele will be honored as 2019 Living Legends.
  • On February 19, 2016 Bonham residents saw an amazing sight – an old caboose on a trailer was moving south on Center Street past the Fannin County Courthouse. The destination was the grounds of the Fannin County Museum of History.
  • The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher will be the book for discussion at the Bonham Public Library, Friday, February 22, at 1:00. The book review is a time to take a bite out of history, a bite out of a good book and to enjoy a sweet bite during the discussion. The Kennedy Debutante is a captivating novel that follows the short life of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, the rebellious second daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy.
  • On April 13-14, 2019, the 30th annual Spring Plant Sale fundraising event at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs and well-adapted plants.
  • "Come get the 'skinny' on Fat Tuesday" - On Friday, February 22, The Sherman Museum is hosting our February "Lunch & Learn" presentation in the museum's Community Room with no charge to the attendees (1/2 price admission to tour the museum after the program). Our speaker is Margaret Vaught Newman, who grew up in Sherman and Baton Rouge, LA. She will talk about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras as well as show some of her Mardi Gras costumes.
  • 1942 – World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese Americans to internment camps. Executive Order 9066 was a United States presidential executive order signed and issued during World War II by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. This order authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the incarceration of Japanese Americans, German Americans, and Italian Americans in U.S. concentration camps. As a result, approximately 122,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were evicted from the West Coast of the United States and held in American concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. Japanese Americans in Hawaii were not incarcerated in the same way, despite the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although the Japanese American population in Hawaii was nearly 40% of the population of Hawaii itself, only a few thousand people were detained there, supporting the eventual finding that their mass removal on the West Coast was motivated by reasons other than "military necessity." Japanese Americans and other Asians in the U.S. had suffered for decades from prejudice and racially-motivated fear. Laws preventing Asian Americans from owning land, voting, testifying against whites in court, and other racially discriminatory laws existed long before World War II. Additionally, the FBI, Office of Naval Intelligence and Military Intelligence Division had been conducting surveillance on Japanese American communities in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland from the early 1930s.[5] In early 1941, President Roosevelt secretly commissioned a study to assess the possibility that Japanese Americans would pose a threat to U.S. security. The report, submitted exactly one month before Pearl Harbor was bombed, found that, "There will be no armed uprising of Japanese" in the United States. "For the most part," the Munson Report said, "the local Japanese are loyal to the United States or, at worst, hope that by remaining quiet they can avoid concentration camps or irresponsible mobs." Over two-thirds of the people of Japanese ethnicity were incarcerated—almost 70,000—were American citizens. Many of the rest had lived in the country between 20 and 40 years. Most Japanese Americans, particularly the first generation born in the United States (the nisei), considered themselves loyal to the United States of America. No Japanese American citizen or Japanese national residing in the United States was ever found guilty of sabotage or espionage. Americans of Italian and German ancestry were also targeted by these restrictions, including internment. 11,000 people of German ancestry were interned, as were 3,000 people of Italian ancestry, along with some Jewish refugees. In December 1944, President Roosevelt suspended Executive Order 9066. Incarcerees were released, often to resettlement facilities and temporary housing, and the camps were shut down by 1946. In the years after the war, the interned Japanese Americans had to rebuild their lives. United States citizens and long-time residents who had been incarcerated lost their personal liberties; many also lost their homes, businesses, property, and savings. Individuals born in Japan were not allowed to become naturalized US citizens until 1952. photo by Dorothea Lange