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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2014 Manzanar At Dusk: College-Age Youth Taking Charge

A diverse crowd, in terms of ethnicity, gender, age and experiences, come together each year
at the Manzanar At Dusk program.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Seats still available on bus to 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage from Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — College students will once again take the lead role during the 2014 Manzanar At Dusk program, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (US Highway 395), in Lone Pine, California, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

The Manzanar At Dusk program follows the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, scheduled for 12:00 PM that same day, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

Manzanar At Dusk is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF), Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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