2016 Manzanar Pilgrimage – Official Photo Essay

Banners representing the ten American concentration camps in which Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated
during World War II, the Crystal City Internment Camp. and the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team/Military
Intelligence Service are shown here in front of the cemetery at the Manzanar National Historic Site during
the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 30, 2016.
Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

We’re rather late with photos from professional photographers Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson, but here’s our official photo essay from the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Our thanks to Mark and Geri for once again providing us with their wonderful photographs. We deeply appreciate their amazing skill, outstanding work, dedication and generosity, and we hope you do, too!

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VIDEO: Educating Our Youth – Manzanar NHS’ Junior Ranger Program

Manzanar National Historic Site Ranger Rose Masters (left) speaks to a class from a local school who are
participating in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program.
(click to view larger image)
Photo (screen capture): Alisa Lynch/National Park Service

Once again, the Manzanar Committee gets a reminder of why we do the work that we do…

Back on April 19, 2016, eleven days before the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, a teacher from a local school brought her students to the Manzanar National Historic Site where they participated in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program, in which they are taught to Explore, Learn, and Protect!, which is the motto of the program.

From the National Park Service’s web site: “The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.”

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A Little Research, Writing Helps Open A Pathway To A Family’s Manzanar History

Takio and Masako Muto – Wedding photo, June 1941.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo courtesy Muto Family Collection

by Susan Muto Knight

Former Manzanar incarcerees, Takio (Tak) and Masako (Ma) Muto and other Muto family members were among the over 11,070 incarcerated Japanese Americans, government ordered, to leave their homes and businesses behind in the spring of 1942, to live in an isolated location in the Owens Valley of California, between the Sierra Nevada and Inyo Mountains, called Manzanar, during World War II. Their civil rights were taken from them, even though Tak and Ma were born in California and loyal, productive American citizens. Their joyful future plans as newlyweds were also taken away and instead, Tak and Ma found themselves incarcerated in a strange barren, desert camp, surrounded by armed guards, barbed wire fences and guard towers with searchlights, ordered to live in the hastily built, wooden barracks with little to no privacy and very little protection from the harsh weather conditions. The sign on the entrance calls Manzanar a relocation camp but in reality it was a concentration camp environment. Their story is one of the many thousands of stories of those who endured Manzanar, a dark chapter in American History.

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Manzanar NHS To Host “The Topaz (Utah) Museum and Site” on June 11

The following is an announcement from the National Park Service.

To download a printable copy of this flyer, click on the image above.
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At 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Manzanar National Historic Site will host The Topaz (Utah) Museum and Site, a program about the Topaz concentration camp, that, like Manzanar, was a camp that held more than 11,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

This special program, presented by Friends of Topaz board members Ann Tamaki Dion and author Kimi Kodani Hill, granddaughter of artist Chiura Obata, and author of Topaz Moon and Obata’s Yosemite, is about the new Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah, and the nearby Topaz site, a National Historic Landmark.

You can learn more about the Topaz Museum and site at http://www.topazmuseum.org. Kimi Kodani Hill’s books are available from the Manzanar History Association, http://www.manzanarstore.com.

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