Day of Remembrance Program at Manzanar NHS: Alan Miyatake, February 17-18, 2013

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


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — On February 17-18, 2013, join special guest docent Alan Miyatake at Manzanar National Historic Site to hear about the life and work of his grandfather, Toyo Miyatake, and to view Robert Nakamura’s award-winning film, Infinite Shades of Gray.

This special program is being held in honor of the Day of Remembrance, an annual observation of the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which enabled the forced removal of more than 110,000 United States citizens or residents of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast in 1942.

On May 9, 1942, Toyo Miyatake, his wife Hiro, and their four children, arrived at Manzanar. With a lens and film holder hidden in his luggage, Toyo was determined to record camp life. Eventually, he was permitted to open a photo studio and captured thousands of images of the people and place.

This Spring, Manzanar National Historic Site will be exhibiting 40 images by Toyo Miyatake, in partnership with Eastern California Museum.

The special program with Alan Miyatake, one of Toyo’s grandsons, will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, and at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 18.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located on US Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (760) 878-2194, or visit our web site at http://www.nps.gov/manz.

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