Manzanar Launches YouTube Channel In Honor Of 25 Years As A National Historic Site

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


Screen capture of Manzanar National Historic Site’s
new YouTube channel
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INDEPENDENCE, CA — On March 3, 1992, after decades of grass-roots efforts by Japanese Americans and others, led by the Manzanar Committee, Congress established Manzanar National Historic Site. Since then, the National Park Service (NPS) has worked closely with the Manzanar Committee as well as scores of stakeholders to preserve and interpret Manzanar.

On March 3, 2017, in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of Manzanar National Historic Site, the National Park Service launched a new YouTube Channel featuring some of Manzanar’s video and audio resources. The channel can be located by visiting http://www.youtube.com and typing in “ManzanarNPS” or by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVrqWFbuonduneCCwt4KnNQ.

Manzanar was already active with social media, with a Facebook page at (https://www.facebook.com/ManzanarNationalHistoricSite) and a “ManzanarNPS” Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/manzanarnps.

“We are honored to commemorate Manzanar’s 25th anniversary by making additional resources available to the public,” Superintendent Bernadette Johnson said. “Just as the physical Manzanar site is always evolving, our social media continues to evolve and expand as we reach people around the world.”

This spring also marks the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066, authorizing the U.S. Army to exclude “any and all persons” from designated areas. While the order did not name a specific group, the Army forcibly removed and incarcerated all Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona. The government incarcerated more than 11,000 of these men, women, and children in Manzanar.

Manzanar Visitor Center is open 9:00 AM to 4:30 P< daily. Admission is free. The visitor center also features extensive permanent exhibits and a 22-minute introductory film, “Remembering Manzanar.” Nearby, a World War II-era mess hall and two reconstructed barracks interpret the challenges of daily life. An auto tour road circles the site, highlighting Japanese gardens, historic orchards, the cemetery, and more.

Manzanar is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California. For more information, please call (760) 878-2194 extension 3310 or visit our web site at https://www.nps.gov/manz.

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