Manzanar NHS Ranger Programs Offered Friday-Monday Through September 10, 2012

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

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — The National Park Service will offer Ranger-guided programs at Manzanar National Historic Site four days a week this summer through September 10, 2012. Programs are planned for 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. While program length, locations, and topics vary, all programs begin at the Manzanar Interpretive Center.

Programs may include talks on the site and its history, walking tours to historic rock gardens and pre-war orchards, walk-throughs of the restored World War II era Mess Hall or replica barracks buildings and more. In addition to Manzanar’s World War II history, programs may also explore Owens Valley Paiute life, local ranching, and the Manzanar farming community.

Established as a National Historic Site in 1992, Manzanar was the first of ten camps built to confine Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast based solely on their ancestry. In operation from 1942-45, the camp had a peak population 10,046 and was the largest wartime “city” between Los Angeles and Reno.

Today, the Manzanar High School auditorium serves as an interpretive center where National Park Service Rangers are available to answer questions about Manzanar and its history, as well as about visiting the site and surrounding area. The center features extensive exhibits, audio-visual programs, and a bookstore. It is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (April through October) and 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (November through March). Admission is free.

To schedule special tours for schools and other groups, please call (760) 878-2194 ext. 3333 at least thirty days prior to your requested date.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California. Visitors should wear sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen and a hat. Bring at least one full quart of water for each person. Since there is little shade and temperatures can be extreme, visitors are encouraged to leave their pets at home. For further information, please call (760) 878-2194 ext. 3310, visit our web site at, or check out


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