Community Members Invited to Join Manzanar Volunteer Day – March 3, 2012

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


To honor its 20th Anniversary as a National Historic Site, Manzanar is hosting its Fourth Annual Volunteer Day on Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Owens Valley residents, their families, friends, and others are invited to join the Manzanar staff in an outdoor work project followed by a catered lunch and program presented by Archeologist Jeff Burton.

The Volunteer Day work project involves clearing a section of the historic Chicken Ranch to preserve this rarely seen section of the site.

The chicken ranch was created during World War II for the Manzanar War Relocation Center which held over 10,000 Japanese Americans. The ranch was established to supplement the food needs of the internees and the War Relocation Authority employees and their families. The Japanese American crews constructed the chicken facilities during the summer and fall of 1943. They maintained it during the next two years, supplying over 113,000 eggs and over 8,000 harvested chickens.

Volunteers will be provided with shovels, pruners, rakes, brooms, and wheelbarrows to remove vegetation from the area. Work will be supervised by park staff.

Manzanar welcomes community involvement in the preservation of this special site. Staff and community members will work together to improve the site, get to know each other, and have some good, dirty, outdoor fun.

Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Manzanar will provide water, food, work gloves, a commemorative water bottle and bandana will be given to every participant.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Arrive, park and sign-in at the Interpretive Center parking lot
9:00 AM: Welcome, outline of work, safety message
9:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Work project
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Picnic lunch provided by Friends of Manzanar, discussion by park archeologist about Manzanar’s Chicken Ranch, past and present

Volunteers should RSVP as participation is limited. Please call Park Ranger Carrie Andresen for more information and to RSVP at (760) 878-2194, extension 3314.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located nine miles north of Lone Pine and six miles south of Independence on the west side of U.S. Highway 395.

For more information on Manzanar National Historic Site, please visit the web site at http://www.nps.gov/manz or call (760) 878-2194.

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