Manzanar Hosts Special Events April 29 – May 1 For Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

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

To download a printable flyer,
click on the image above.

Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 42nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. This year visitors will be able to experience music, paintings, speeches, a film screening, a docent talk, and a public reception. All events are free.

On Friday, April 29, the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. The museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a special exhibit 1,000 Words or More…Photogravures by Edward S. Curtis and Photographs by Andrew A. Forbes, and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life. The Eastern California Museum is located at 155 Grant Street in Independence (see map below) and open daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Manzanar Committee’s 42nd Annual Pilgrimage begins at noon Saturday at the Manzanar Cemetery, after a performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko. Mako Nakagawa, the primary author of the National Council of the Japanese American Citizens League’s Power of Words resolution, will be the keynote speaker. The program concludes with the traditional interfaith service and Ondo dancing. Program details are posted on the Manzanar Committee’s web site at

The “Manzanar At Dusk” (MAD) program begins at 5:00 PM Saturday at Lone Pine High School located at 538 South Main Street (Highway 395) in Lone Pine (see map below). The program will offer participants opportunities to interact with former internees and each other, and a book signing by special guest Kiyo Sato, author of Kiyo’s Story: A Japanese-American Family’s Quest for the American Dream. The MAD program is co-sponsored by by the UCLA Nikkei Student Union, the UCSD Nikkei Student Union, the Cal Poly Pomona Nikkei Student Union, Lone Pine Unified School District, Lone Pine High School, and the Friends of Manzanar.

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Manzanar History Association will host filmmakers John Esaki and Amy Kato who will screen their film Stand Up For Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story Saturday at 3:00 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM in the West Theater of the Manzanar Interpretive Center. The filmmakers will be available in the Manzanar History Association bookstore after the screenings. Their film tells the story of Ralph Lazo, a Mexican/Irish American teen, who chose to come to Manzanar with his friends—who had no choice. He graduated from Manzanar High School with the Class of 1944 before joining the U.S. Army and serving in the Pacific where he earned a Bronze Star.

At 1:30 PM on Sunday, May 1, special guest docent Susanne Norton La Faver will present a program on her great aunt Margaret D’Ille, who served as Manzanar’s director of Community Welfare. A graduate of UC Berkeley, D’Ille spent a decade in Japan beginning in 1908. Her knowledge of Japanese language and culture were invaluable in her work at Manzanar, which included overseeing the Children’s Village orphanage.

In addition to the exhibits and award-winning film in the Manzanar Interpretive Center, through May 15, visitors are invited to enjoy the Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale sponsored by Manzanar History Association.

With the exception of Friday evening’s reception and Saturday evening’s MAD program, all events will take place at Manzanar National Historic Site, located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, nine miles north of Lone Pine, and approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles (see map below). The Manzanar Interpretive Center is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM There is no food service at Manzanar. Please bring a lunch or snacks and water, wear a hat and comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

For more information, please call (760) 878-2194 or visit Manzanar National Historic Site’s web site at


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Eastern California Museum


Lone Pine High School


Manzanar National Historic Site

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