National Park Service Hosts “Open House” Meetings For Manzanar Foundation Document

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

INDEPENDENCE, CA — Congress established Manzanar National Historic Site in 1992, the result of decades of efforts by Japanese Americans and others. Since then, the National Park Service (NPS) has worked with scores of stakeholders to preserve and interpret Manzanar and its stories.

In January 2015, Manzanar staff embarked on a Foundation Document development process. A Foundation Document articulates a shared understanding of important resources and values and provides a basis for planning. Along with Manzanar’s 1997 General Management Plan, the Foundation Document will help guide park planning and management.

Superintendent Bernadette Johnson and park staff will host a series of “Open House” meetings to discuss the Foundation Document and provide updates on Manzanar.

“As we move ahead with preserving Manzanar’s layers of history, we would like to invite the public to join us and give us feedback,” said Superintendent Johnson.

All are welcome to attend the upcoming “Open House” meetings (see maps below):

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
West Los Angeles United Methodist Church Social Hall
1913 Purdue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Thursday, August 27, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM or 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
California State University Dominguez Hills
University Library, Fifth Floor
1000 East Victoria, Carson, CA 90747

Park in Lot 6. The library is the tallest building on campus. Enter the second level (through the old Leo Cain Library) and take an elevator to the 5th floor.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Center
Maryknoll Activity Center, Room 3
222 S. Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, September 10, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Owens Valley Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
202 S. Clay St, Independence, CA 93526

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
California Hotel and Casino, Maile Room
12 E. Ogden Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

The draft Foundation Document is available (click here to download; PDF format; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view/print.).Those wishing to submit written comments can do so via e-mail to, or by writing to Superintendent Bernadette Johnson, Manzanar NHS, PO Box 426, Independence, CA 93526.

Comments are requested no later than September 15, 2015.

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 5:30 PM daily, April 1 through October 31, and 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily, November 1 through March 31. For more information, please call (760) 878-2194, extension 3310, or visit our web site at or Facebook page at


West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple via Google Maps

California State University, Dominguez Hills – University Library via Google Maps


St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center via Google Maps


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