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How an Imperial Military Laboratory Became a Museum for Peace (April 2021)


Historic sites have multifaceted meanings. In the case of war-related sites, they serve as an important historical resource for present and future generations to learn about what happened there during the war. Despite their great value, it is not easy to preserve such sites properly and to make them function as historic sites—this is particularly true in the case of the preservation of sites concerning secret wartime projects. This article shows how a building from an old Japanese army laboratory overcame these difficulties to transform into a university museum: "the defunct Imperial Japanese Army Noborito Laboratory Museum for Education in Peace" on Ikuta Campus, Meiji University. This article treats the prehistory of the museum and considers the collaboration between local communities, historians, and the university in establishing the museum for peace.

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Authors & Contributors
Walker, William S
Danniau, Fien
Verbruggen, Christophe
Mantels, Ruben
Jan Ploeger
Oldenziel, Ruth
Journal of American History
Technology and Culture
The Journal of Transport History
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Social Studies of Science
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
MIT Press
University of Massachusetts Press
University of Toronto
FYA Publications
Public history
Social movements
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Medicine and race
Luud Schimmelpennink
Beck, Ulrich
Qidwai, Sarah
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
United States
Smithsonian Institution
Ghent University
Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Union Pacific Railway Company
Central Pacific Railroad Company
California State Railroad Museum

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