“Find Your Park” During Manzanar Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 24 – 26, 2015

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — The 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage coincides with National Park Week 2015 and the launch of the Find Your Park public awareness and education campaign surrounding the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 46th Annual Pilgrimage. Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place—it can be a feeling or an experience. Pilgrimage weekend offers opportunities to Find Your Park through art, music, dance, and films.

“The Find Your Park campaign encourages everyone to find their parks and share their stories. We’d love to have people share their stories of Manzanar and other Eastern Sierra parks on the findyourpark.com web site,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson.

On Friday, April 24, the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Eastern California Museum. Located at 155 Grant Street in Independence (see map below), the museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a centennial retrospective on the Los Angeles Aqueduct, an exhibit on mountaineer Norman Clyde, and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life. The Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is open 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily. The visitor center offers extensive exhibits and an award-winning film, as well as special Junior Ranger activities for kids. The Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop Art Show is on display through mid-May. Paintings are available for purchase.

Just outside the Visitor Center, Block 14 features a restored World War II-era mess hall and two reconstructed barracks. The mess hall houses evocative exhibits on the logistics and politics of food in Manzanar. In mid-April, permanent exhibits will be installed in the two barracks, inviting visitors to explore daily life and the changes and challenges people faced in Manzanar.

Some of Manzanar’s most impressive archeological features are Japanese rock gardens. From 9:00 AM to noon Saturday, April 25, Madelon Arai Yamamoto and volunteer archeologist Mary Farrell will be at the restored Arai family fish pond in Block 33 to greet visitors and share stories about the pond’s discovery and excavation.

The Manzanar Committee’s 46th Annual Pilgrimage begins at noon Saturday, April 25, at the Manzanar Cemetery with the procession of camp banners and a performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko. This year’s theme is “Watashi wa Manzanar: Continuing Our Civil Rights Legacy.”

“Watashi wa” (pronounced “wah-tah-she wah”) is Japanese for “I am.” Educator and filmmaker Dr. Satsuki Ina will give the keynote address. The Pilgrimage program concludes with the traditional interfaith service and Ondo dancing, after which park rangers will offer walking tours to those wishing to explore Manzanar.

The Manzanar At Dusk program begins at 5:00 PM Saturday at Lone Pine High School located at 538 South Main Street (Hwy. 395) in Lone Pine (see map below). The program offers participants opportunities for intergenerational discussions and sharing. The program is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions of Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, and UCSD.

At 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Sunday, April 26, Dr. Satsuki Ina’s award-winning documentary From a Silk Cocoon will be screened in the Manzanar Visitor Center’s West Theater.

With the exception of Friday evening’s reception and Saturday evening’s Manzanar At Dusk 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).

There is no food service at Manzanar. Please bring a lunch or snacks, water, and a chair. Wear a hat and comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

For more information, please call (760) 878-2194 ext. 3310, visit http://www.nps.gov/manz or check out https://www.facebook.com/ManzanarNationalHistoricSite. Visit http://www.nationalparkweek.org to learn more about how you can Find Your Park in celebration of National Park Week or anytime.


About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov.

Manzanar National Historic Site


Lone Pine High School

Eastern California Museum


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