Cool Weather Expected On Saturday For 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage And 2014 Manzanar At Dusk

Photo: Gann Matsuda

The Owens Valley, in the vicinity of the Manzanar National Historic Site, is expected to see mostly cloudy skies on Friday, April 25, with a high temperature near 68 degrees. Areas of blowing dust are expected after that time, due to 8-13 miles per hour (MPH) winds from the northeast, shifting to 17-22 MPH winds coming from the southwest, with gusts up to 30 MPH.

On Friday night, the forecast for Lone Pine, approximately eight miles south of Manzanar, calls for a 40 percent chance of showers, with areas of blowing dust before 11:00 PM. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature around 41 degrees, with 11-18 MPH winds out of the north-northwest, with gusts up to 25 MPH.

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Bernadette Lovato Named As New Superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.

Bernadette Lovato has been named as the new Superintendent of
Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo courtesy National Park Service

SAN FRANCISCO — Bernadette Lovato has been selected as the new superintendent for Manzanar National Historic Site in California. Lovato is currently the District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District Office, overseeing 4.8 million acres in northwestern Nevada. She will begin her new position in June, replacing former superintendent Les Inafuku, who retired.

“Bernadette’s experience will be a great asset for the park,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “Her background managing many different types of resources and familiarity with the area make her an excellent choice to oversee the varied and complex issues at Manzanar.”

Lovato began her federal career in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the National Park Service Division of Interpretation and Visitor Services. She then worked at Grand Canyon National Park and Glacier National Park in the Concessions Management program before transferring to the BLM in 2002. In 2007, she completed BLM’s year-long Emerging Leader Program and moved into management, serving as Associate District Manager for the Colorado River District, providing oversight for over 5.1 million acres. In 2009, she moved to Bishop, California and was the Field Manager for the BLM’s Bishop Field Office, before taking her present position with the BLM in Carson City.

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Manzanar NHS Hosts Special Events For Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25-27, 2014

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Visitors are invited to experience art, music, dance, talks, and more. All events are free.

On Friday, April 25, the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Eastern California Museum. Located at 155 Grant Street in Independence, the museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a centennial retrospective on the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Norman Clyde exhibit, and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily. The visitor center offers extensive exhibits and an award-winning film, as well as special Junior Ranger activities for kids. The Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale is on display through mid-July.

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Manzanar NHS Earns Coveted Award For Garden Restoration Work

The following was excerpted from two press releases from the National Park Service.

Block 12 Mess Hall Garden at Manzanar National Historic Site, after restoration.
Photo courtesy National Park Service

INDEPENDENCE, CA — The Society for History in the Federal Government has presented the 2014 John Wesley Powell Prize for Outstanding Historic Preservation to Manzanar National Historic Site for the restoration of the mess hall garden in Block 12.

The award stated that the Manzanar restoration project, which entailed uncovering and restoring the Japanese garden’s pond, stream, rock pathways, hills, waterfall, fencing, and other landscaping features and trees was, “…judged to be an excellent example of preservation and interpretation of cultural resources associated with the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II. Through a combination of archaeological survey, historic photograph analysis, oral history, and historical document research, Manzanar’s staff and volunteers recreated a symbol of resilience, beauty, and peace within the larger landscape of racial prejudice.”

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