June 16, 2011
The following is a press release from the National Park Service.
INDEPENDENCE, CA — Since 2004, the National Park Service has invited special guest speakers to the Manzanar Interpretive Center, to share their unique experiences and perspectives with visitors. This summer’s programs are roughly 45 minutes, and offer opportunities for visitors to interact with presenters before and after their programs.
June 18, 19: Tom Takano Gives Talks at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Educator Tom Takano will use both images and stories to discuss Manzanar as an icon of American history, and consider its place in our fast-changing world. Tom’s parents were confined at Gila River, Arizona. He will explore some of the important factors that led to World War II internment of Japanese Americans, as well as some of the reasons Manzanar remains relevant today.
July 3, 4: Arthur Ogami Gives Talks at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Join Arthur and hear his wartime memories of Manzanar, Montana, Tule Lake, North Dakota, and Japan. Arthur arrived at Manzanar days after his twentieth birthday. He worked as an orderly at the Manzanar Hospital, and helped build some of the Manzanar gardens. He later transferred to the Segregation Center at Tule Lake with his family, and expatriated to Japan in 1945. Read more of this post