Wright Museum’s Victory Garden Pays Tribute to Japanese-Americans

Now in its fourth year, Wright Museum’s Victory Garden continues to battle hunger while also paying special homage to Japanese-Americans. 

In addition to the “usual” tomatoes, beans and cucumbers, the garden includes a vast amount of Asian vegetables like cabbage and snow peas. 

“This spring in an exhibit, the museum paid tribute to the Japanese-Americans who were impacted by both racial hatred and wartime hysteria,” said UNH Carroll County Advanced Master Gardener and museum volunteer Christin Kaiser. “Because of this, we are also paying tribute through the garden.” 

According to Kaiser, the garden follows the tradition of WWII Victory Gardens, which were planted at homes to increase food production during the war.

“We deliver the harvested food to our local food pantry: ‘Life Ministry Food Pantry’ at All Saints Church here in Wolfeboro,” she explained. “The pantry serves several communities.” 

She also expressed gratitude for all the help the gardens received from volunteers over the years. 

“I’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have every business or supplier I’ve approached donate what has been needed to build and continue the mission of the garden,” she said. “Years of voluntary support speaks volumes about our wider community.” 

The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, Wright Museum features more than 14,000 items in its collection that are representative of both the home-front and battlefield.