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.
July 23, 24: Dr. Don Hata and Mary Hatsuko Higuchi Give Talks at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Mary Higuchi and Don Hata will speak on the theme of Release, Recovery, and Redress, sharing their recollections of growing up behind barbed wire and surviving the post-war years. Mary Higuchi is an accomplished artist who has studied with Henry Fukuhara, and shown work at past exhibitions at Manzanar National Historic Site. Don Hata is Emeritus Professor of History at California State University, Dominguez Hills. With his late wife, Nadine Ishitani Hata, Hata co-authored Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Imprisonment, and Redress. Don and Mary will be on hand before and after talks to autograph and sell copies of his book and her greeting cards and art prints.
August 6, 7: Hank Umemoto Gives Talks at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Hank was a teenager at Manzanar who left camp on numerous occasions to hike in the Alabama Hills and Sierras. Hank will be back at Manzanar to share some of his colorful stories such as Grandeur Once Denied, From Paradise to Pewkin’ Hell, and From Manzanar to Mount Whitney.
The programs are free and open to the public. Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center is located at:
For more information, please call 760 878-2194 or visit Manzanar’s web site at http://www.nps.gov/manz.
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