Manzanar Committee Calls On Huntington Beach City Council To Act To Preserve, Protect Historic Wintersburg

The congregation of the Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, March 8, 1910.
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Photo courtesy Wintersburg Presbyterian Church

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee, sponsor of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with the Manzanar At Dusk program, for the last 21 years, calls on the City Council of the City of Huntington Beach to act to preserve and protect the site of Historic Wintersburg, which is currently threatened by the proposed sale of the land by Republic Services, Inc. to Public Storage.

Historic Wintersburg is the former site of a late 1800’s Japanese American farming community which was named as one of America’s Most Endangered Places in 2014, and as a National Treasure in 2015. Both designations were made by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Manzanar Committee Supports Preservation Of Historic Wintersburg

The congregation of the Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, March 8, 1910.
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Photo courtesy Wintersburg Presbyterian Church

LOS ANGELES — On July 23, the Manzanar Committee announced its support of the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force’s efforts to preserve, protect and interpret the history of Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, California.

Historic Wintersburg’s history dates back to the late 1800’s, as an agricultural community that was once known as the “celery capital” of the United States. In its earliest days, Issei (first generation Japanese Americans—immigrants from Japan who were denied citizenship until 1952 due to racist laws), worked the fields and eventually, families established roots, and built a Nihonmachi (Japantown) that thrived.

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