Manzanar National Historic Site Hosts Special Events, April 26-28, 2013

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 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Visitors are invited to experience art, music, dance, talks, and more. All events are free.

On Friday, April 26, the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 8:00 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. The Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (see map below).

Friday and Saturday, the hours of operation for the Manzanar Visitor Center will be extended to 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The center offers extensive exhibits and an award-winning film, as well as special Junior Ranger activities for kids. The Manzanar History Association will host book signings by Manzanar to Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker author Hank Umemoto on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the annual Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale, which runs through May 18 (click on image below to download a printable flyer).

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Karen Korematsu To Speak At 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation from Los Angeles is still available, but seats are going fast.

Karen Korematsu.
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Photo: Carlo de la Cruz. Courtesy Karen Korematsu/Fred T. Korematsu Institute

LOS ANGELES — Karen Korematsu, co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for noon PDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. 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).

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States, during World War II. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.

This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted redress to Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II, or their immediate family.

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UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform At 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

PILGRIMAGE: Bus Transportation Available From Los Angeles

UCLA Kyodo Taiko, shown here during the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 28, 2012, will open the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage
on April 27, 2013, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, 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).

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.

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43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage – VIDEO

Banners representing each of the ten American concentration camps where Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II are shown
here during the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 28, 2012, at the
Manzanar National Historic Site, in Calfornia’s Owens Valley.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

We’re very, very late with this, but video from the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on April 28, 2012, is now available.

The 2012 Pilgrimage included a performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko, remarks by Les Inafuku, Superintendent, Manzanar National Historic Site, and by Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. It also featured a keynote address by Mitchell T. Maki, author of Achieving The Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, remarks by Manzanar Committee member Pat Sakamoto, the presentation of the 2012 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award to Rose Ochi, and musical performances by Mary Kageyama Nomura, the Songbird of Manzanar, and by Ken Koshio, Nancy Gohata, Darrell Kunitomi and Keith Uchima.

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