Manzanar NHS To Host Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 28–30, 2017

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 48th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066, ultimately authorizing the United States Army to forcibly remove and incarcerate all Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona.

The government incarcerated more than 11,000 men, women, and children in Manzanar.

This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of Congress’ establishment of Manzanar National Historic Site. It was the result of decades of grass-roots efforts by the Manzanar Committee, beginning on a cold, winter day in 1969, an event now considered the first Manzanar Pilgrimage.

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

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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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Dr. Arthur A. Hansen Named Co-Recipient of 2014 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, shown here during the Japanese American National Museum’s 2013 National Conference in Seattle, Washington, July 2013.
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LOS ANGELES — On March 26, the Manzanar Committee announced that renowned scholar and co-founder of the Japanese American Oral History Program, Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, has been chosen as one of the 2014 recipients of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

Educator and former Manzanar incarceree Mas Okui was also named as a recipient (see separate press release).

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will be presented at the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence (see map below).

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