Manzanar NHS Invites Comments On Proposed Barracks Exhibits And Block 14 Master Plan

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

Photo courtesy National Park Service

From the earliest planning efforts, partners, stakeholders and the public have emphasized that it is critical that visitors understand what life was like for 11,070 Japanese Americans confined at Manzanar during World War II. To that end, the National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting comments on proposed interpretive exhibits for two barracks reconstructed in 2010.

Barracks 1 appears as it would have when Japanese Americans first arrived at Manzanar in 1942, while Barracks 8 represents later life. Both buildings were reconstructed on Block 14, adjacent to the visitor center. The NPS is also seeking comments on a “Master Plan” for exterior exhibits and elements on Block 14.

“Reflecting upon our Visitor Center and Block 14 Mess Hall exhibits, the input from our involved public has been so vital to telling Manzanar’s stories,” said Superintendent Les Inafuku. “By continuing to help us with your remembrances and input, visitors will soon be able to learn so much more about daily life in Block 14.”

Designers from Drisko Studios, the Office of Krister Olmon, and Harvest Moon Studio collaborated with NPS staff to develop exhibit concepts and content based on input from a February 2012 public exhibit planning meeting at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles and the August 2012 Manzanar Schools Reunion in Las Vegas.

The exhibit proposal, known as a Design Development II (DDII) document, and the Block 14 Master Plan, are available on the Manzanar web site at The exhibit plan includes descriptions for the proposed exhibits in each apartment, plans and elevations, and the preliminary graphic layouts.

The graphic layouts show preliminary text and images for many of the exhibits in Barracks 1. The graphic panels for Barracks 8 are less defined and should be reviewed for the subject matter titles and organization only. The nature of the content in Barracks 8 dictates a more deliberate approach to the interpretive development.

Future plans for Block 14 include reconstructing one or more additional buildings in the block such as latrines, a laundry room or an ironing room. The Friends of Manzanar is working to raise funds for these structures.

Those wishing to submit written comments on the plans can do so via e-mail to, or by writing to Superintendent Les Inafuku, Manzanar NHS, PO Box 426, Independence, CA 93526.

Comments are requested no later than July 21, 2013. After reviewing comments and input, the design team will work with NPS staff to refine plans into a final project.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California. The visitor center is open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily. For more information, please call (760) 878-2194 extension 3310 or visit our web site at or Facebook page at


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4 Responses to Manzanar NHS Invites Comments On Proposed Barracks Exhibits And Block 14 Master Plan

  1. Chad Montreaux says:

    From the moderator: This comment has been deleted.

    The author made some very serious allegations against National Park Service staff at Manzanar National Historic Site, and at other NPS locations/offices, but has ignored requests to provide verifiable evidence to support his claims.

    Without verifiable evidence, the allegations are baseless hearsay, and highly inflammatory. Because of that, they are not appropriate for publication on our blog.

    The Manzanar Committee took no position on the claims made by the author.

    • Manzanar Committee says:

      You make some rather incendiary accusations. We’d appreciate it if you could provide some verifiable documentation to support them.

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