Call For Proposals: Research And Write A Comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site

The following is a press release from the Organization of American Historians.


BLOOMINGTON, IN — The Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) have worked collaboratively for nearly 20 years on a variety of projects that aim to make the presentation of American History at NPS sites and programs as current, nuanced, and effective as possible. The OAH and NPS presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site located in Independence, California.

Congress established Manzanar NHS in 1992 after decades of grass-roots efforts and lobbying by Japanese Americans and others, and despite considerable opposition. This project will develop a comprehensive review of more than four decades of highly emotional, political, and controversial efforts to preserve Manzanar as a physical site, as well as a place in memory and history.

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Windy Weather Expected For TODAY’s 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2014 Manzanar At Dusk

Photo: Gann Matsuda

The National Weather Service forecast for the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 26, 2014 calls for a 20 percent chance of showers before 11:00 AM, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 58. Northwest winds from 9 to 14 miles per hour (MPH) are also expected, becoming north-northeast in the afternoon with gusts as high as 21 MPH.

For the 2014 Manzanar At Dusk program, which begins at 5:00 PM on Saturday at Lone Pine High School, those planning to attend should be prepared for cool weather. Skies will be partly cloudy, with the low temperature near 42 degrees. 7-10 MPH winds will be out of the east-northeast, shifting to coming out of the west.

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Bernadette Lovato Named As New Superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site

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


Bernadette Lovato has been named as the new Superintendent of
Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo courtesy National Park Service

SAN FRANCISCO — Bernadette Lovato has been selected as the new Superintendent for Manzanar National Historic Site in California. Lovato is currently the District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District Office, overseeing 4.8 million acres in northwestern Nevada. She will begin her new position in June, replacing former superintendent Les Inafuku, who retired.

“Bernadette’s experience will be a great asset for the park,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “Her background managing many different types of resources and familiarity with the area make her an excellent choice to oversee the varied and complex issues at Manzanar.”

Lovato began her federal career in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the National Park Service Division of Interpretation and Visitor Services. She then worked at Grand Canyon National Park and Glacier National Park in the Concessions Management program before transferring to the BLM in 2002. In 2007, she completed BLM’s year-long Emerging Leader Program and moved into management, serving as Associate District Manager for the Colorado River District, providing oversight for over 5.1 million acres. In 2009, she moved to Bishop, California and was the Field Manager for the BLM’s Bishop Field Office, before taking her present position with the BLM in Carson City.

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Manzanar NHS Hosts Special Events For Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25-27, 2014

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


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Visitors are invited to experience art, music, dance, talks, and more. All events are free.

On Friday, April 25, 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, the museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a centennial retrospective on the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Norman Clyde exhibit, and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is open from 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 and sale is on display through mid-July.

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