The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House Museum and Cultural Center was established through the amazing fund-raising efforts of Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara. At the dedication on May 7, 2009 he donated the property to the Town of Fairhaven on the condition that our non-profit organization would operate the facility. Since that time we have hosted more than 7,000 visitors. The museum is now complete and we look forward to the second phase of the project which is to convert the carriage house to the Cultural Center. The interior of the Center will be finished in Japanese decor as will be the Japanese garden between the two buildings.
We are excited to undertake this rewarding challenge and would invite you to join us in this effort. If you wish to assist in this endeavor, please download the application form and submit as indicated.